Representatives from research and industry will discuss current developments, markets and political goals relating to hydrogen in September at the international trade fair for fuel cell technologies.
Held in Stuttgart, Germany, the f-cell event will bring together more than 700 participants from 20 countries and four continents over two days (10th September to 11th September).
Hydrogen and fuel cells are climate-friendly and being positioned as the energy technologies of the future.
The European Union (EU), as well as countries such as China and Japan, are working intensively to expand their infrastructure and promote the use of hydrogen.
Today, it is already estimated that by 2050, 10% of the Chinese energy system will be powered by hydrogen and the annual production of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles will reach 5.2 million. These will then be able to be filled at 10,000 hydrogen filling stations around the country.
This does not seem unrealistic if you consider that today, the share of purely electric vehicles among new registrations in China is already 75%.
These targets will be achieved with the help of extensive development programmes from the government in Beijing.
To ensure the future hydrogen-related measures coordinated, the state launched the ‘National Alliance of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell (China Hydrogen) in 2018.
A 10-member delegation from China will attend this year’s f-cell in Stuttgart and exchange ideas with exhibitors and participants.
There will be a workshop titled ‘Doing Business in China’ to provide tips and tricks for successful business relationships.
The latest developments on the Chinese market will be presented during the opening plenary on 10th September by Dr. David Hart, Director of E4tech and Visiting Professor at London’s Imperial College and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium.
Japan is pursuing similar goals: in the run up to the G20 summit in Osaka, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promoted his country’s hydrogen strategy.
The Pacific island state intends to establish a worldwide demand and supply chain for hydrogen as quickly as possible.
In addition, 800,000 climate-friendly fuel cell cars will be rolling on Japan’s roads by 2030.
The opportunities and possibilities for generation, storage, conversion and distribution will be explained in a keynote speech by Kazuyoshi Honda, Tokyo Gas, on 11th September during Plenary III.
This year, the f-cell award will honour innovations in the areas of research & development and products & markets of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry, as well as innovative cooperation projects between Baden-Württemberg, Germany and France.
Sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and Energy and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Agency, the deadline for submissions is 26th July.