European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Initiatives

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From: May 09, 2011 12:00 PM

To: May 09, 2011 1:00 PM

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Monday, May 9, 2011
TIME: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (http://www.neesc.org/) is pleased to host this informative seminar/webinar for its cluster community. Dr. Heinz Nabielek, advisor to both Germany's Juelich Research Center and Solid Cell Inc. (Rochester, NY), will provide an overview of current European Hydrogen/Fuel Cell industry trends and opportunities. Dr. Nabielek will discuss the new European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) program for the development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and products, followed by an interactive question and answer session on opportunities arising from the program.

Target Audience: •Hydrogen and Fuel Cell OEMs •Supply Chain Members •Academics and Researchers •Energy Policy Makers •Financial Professionals Involved in Energy Investments

This program is free but requires preregistration for attendance in person or via the webinar. To attend in person, please register by email at info@neesc.org. There will be a light lunch and networking session immediately following the presentation. To attend via webinar, please click here to register for the webinar.

About Dr. Nabielek: Dr. Heinz Nabielek has 38 years of experience in European Fuel Cell Industry. He is currently a member of the Technology Advisory Committee of Solid Cell (Rochester, NY). He also consults on the Fuel Cell Project at Germany's renowned Juelich Research Center. Nabielek's professional activities have taken him to many places in the world, including Austria, Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, USA, Japan, Brazil and China. One of the highlights of his international career was his work for the International Energy Agency's SOFC program in the nineties, where he successfully directed the collaborative work of a dozen countries for six years. Dr. Nabielek has authored and co-authored numerous scientific publications and is a frequent speaker at international seminars and conferences.

Abstract: The new European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realizing their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.

The three members of the FCH JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the Industry Grouping (IG) and the research community represented by Research Grouping (RG). Total funding level is near € 109 MM for projects starting between 2008 and 2013 with maximum duration to 2018.

 A novel way is used to guide and administer the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Programs: an independent Program Office of scientific and technical experts handles the calls and follows the progress. The Office is supervised by the Governing Board consisting of Industry and Research representatives together with EU Commission staff.

Both basic research and demonstration projects are operating successfully this way including active interactions with Member States and Regions. The Scientific Committee provides guidance for the research directions.

Projects have started successfully in four areas: (i) Transportation and Refueling Infrastructure; (ii) Hydrogen Production and Distribution; (iii) Stationary Power Generation/ Combined Heat and Power; and (iv) Early Markets

Location: Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc., 222 Pitkin Street, East Hartford, CT

Contact Information: Email: info@neesc.org

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