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irregular outcomes, hydrogen is suitable for tempora- rily storing and transporting energy. Fuel cells then transform the chemical energy of hydrogen back into power or heat. By the way, fuel cells will be the focus at the annual international fuel cell expert forum f-cell in Stuttgart. We managed to successful- ly promote the event at WHEC and could establish contacts that help to further raise the international profile of f-cell.

? What presentation highlights can f-cell visitors look forward to in 2010?

! Peter Sauber: Over 70 presentations will ensure excellent insights into fuel cell activities around the globe. It is about activities in European neighbouring countries such as Denmark and Italy, in the Asian countries China, Japan and Korea, and in the over- seas countries USA and Canada. Company represen- tatives will speak about their already existing pro- ducts on the market, products undergoing practical tests that are soon to be launched on the market or further technical development in the lab. The pre- sentations on stationary fuel cells for domestic energy supply by the Japanese representatives from Toshiba and Panasonic promise to be interesting. Mobi- le applications in vehicles will also be covered by prominent lecturers from Daimler, Toyota, Renault/ Nissan and Mitsubishi. This year, the focus will be on electric mobility in general and not only about fuel cell vehicles. There are also a number of techni- cal advancements: At f-cell, Ziv Gottesfeld from the Israeli company CellEra will for example talk about the development of a platinum-free fuel cell. That’s good news, of course, since the use of platinum con- tributes to the high costs of fuel cell systems.

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? Peter Sauber, you have followed the busi- ness with f-cell for 10 years. What has happe- ned during that time and how do you estimate the future?

! Peter Sauber: An incredible amount has happened over the last ten years. There were many exciting technological advancements that the public didn’t recognize and, therefore, considered it to be “off the table”. That suddenly changed in 2008 with the implementation of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and the National Organization for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW). Fuel cells were given another boost last year when renowned carmakers led by Daimler agreed on bringing several hundred thou- sands fuel cell vehicles from the lab onto the street by 2015. It provided the basis for the H2 Mobility in- itiative that is currently working on a hydrogen filling station infrastructure. Now, it is the industry’s joint task to keep the public discussion on hydrogen and fuel cells going. If customers are meant to buy fuel cell vehicles and heating systems by 2015 they need to know about and be confident with the technology. We as congress organizers can contribute to that.

f-cell, September 27 to 28, 2010 in Stuttgart, Germany: http://www.f-cell.de/englisch/Home/ WHEC, May 16 to 21, 2010 in Essen: http://www.whec2010.com

© Peter Sauber Agentur Messen und Kongresse GmbH

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