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Over 70 members and interested parties attended the CHBC's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit on April 9 at the SoCalGas Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA. Speakers at the event discussed a variety of emerging and exciting fields related to hydrogen and fuel cells, including opportunities at ports (for CHBC members only, join here >>) and hydrogen energy storage. The recent advancements in the hydrogen industry and activities of the CHBC were reflected in the energy at the Summit, while the slowness in building the fueling infrastructure for FCEVs was also of some concern. The full agenda can be viewed here >>.
In addition to discussions and networking, five vehicles were featured in a Ride 'N Drive. Honda, Hyundai, Toyota provided hydrogen fuel cell vehicles for demonstration rides and some attendees were able to test out driving these innovative cars. A Horizon Motor Corporation Tyrano (Class 8 Truck), operated by CHBC member TTSI as well as a Mercedes-Benz F-Cell were available for viewing.
Thank you to all of the speakers for participating! A special thank you to Hydrogenics, the Summit Sponsor and Southern California Gas for providing their spectacular Energy Resource Center as location for the summit. Thank you also to Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, TTSI, and Mercedes-Benz for providing vehicles, the Platinum members (South Coast AQMD and Bay Area AQMD) for their substantial financial support, and CHBC Affiliate UC Irvine Advanced Power Energy Program's student volunteers for their logistical support.
From the DOE Newswire
President's 2014 Budget Increases Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Budget by 25% compared to 2013 Budget Request
April 10, 2013
The new budget emphasizes the President's continued commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that prioritizes investments in innovation, clean energy technologies, and national security. Read more >>
According to Assistant Secretary Danielson's presentation on April 10, DOE's EERE is planning to allocate $100 million to the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, which is 25% higher than requested for FY2013. This does not include funding for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in other DOE program areas.
Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Fiscal Year 2014 Priority Activities (Budget Requests)
The table below is an overview of the appropriations over the years. Note that in FY2013, only $80M were in DOE's Budget Request (BR), but as government agencies worked under several continuing resolutions (CR), the same amount as in FY2012 was appropriated.
CHBC is looking for leadership from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association to continue their work on Capitol Hill to make the case for our zero emission and high efficiency technologies.
The Hydrogen Solution (Project Syndicate)
The combination of renewables and hydrogen has the ability to make a huge impact on the grid, as several European countries have already launched projects in this sector. Read more >>
Could Hydrogen Breakthrough Revive the Fuel Cell Car (Forbes)
Reasearchers at Virginia Tech have found a way to extract hydrogen from plant materials, which helps overcome a huge obstacle of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, hydrogen production. Read more >>
Proton OnSite Making Good Progress on Reducing Cost of Hydrogen Energy Storage (RenewableEnergyFocus.com)
Proton OnSite is beginning to produce a cost-effective multi-megawatt electrolyser for the emerging renewable energy markets, as they have reduced the cost of producing water electrolysis stacks by 40% over the last five years. Read more >>
Upcoming Events and Discounts
For a full list of upcoming events, visit our events page >>.
Green California Summit
April 18-19; Sacramento, CA
California is "greening by example" and leading the way in clean energy policy, public support, technology, and innovation. This event, held in Sacramento, will bring together leaders in the public and private sector who are working to create a green future for California. More information >>
International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG)
CHBC Member Discount: Available; join CHBC here >>
ICEPAG is a three-day international colloquium focused on advanced central plant and distributed generation technologies in the context of a SYSTEMS perspective with a focus on Sustainable Power Generation and Grid Ramifications. More information >>
Hydrogen + Fuel Cells Conference 2013
Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2013 (HFC2013) is a leading international conference for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry hosted by the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, in its sixth addition. This year, the conference will be held from June 16- June 19, 2013, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. More information >>
ACT Expo 2013
June 24-27; Washington, DC
CHBC Member Discount: $50, join CHBC here >>
The Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo is North America's largest alternative fuels and advanced clean vehicles conference and expo-representing electric, hybrid, hydrogen, natural gas, propane autogas, and renewable fuels. ACT Expo will gather more than 3,000 stakeholders - Clean Cities coalitions, public and private fleets, technology companies, OEMs, fuel providers, infrastructure developers, and policymakers-for a real-world look at the exciting and rapidly evolving clean transportation industry. Programming includes training and tours, educational sessions, networking receptions, a packed expo hall, and a ride and drive event. More information >>
CHBC Internal Developments
CHBC's Fellow, Erin Murray, who has provided valuable support to the CHBC over the last 4 months, and was referred to by CHBC President Mark Abramowitz as "Superstar in Training", has completed her training at the CHBC on April 12 and took on a full-time position at another organization. Her work has been outstanding. Many of the new website resources, newsletters and other communications you've received over the last months would not have been possible without her, and her enthusiasm and dedication to the organization has contributed greatly to the successes of our recent events. She will be dearly missed.
Thank you, Erin!
Connect with her on LinkedIn >>.
Thank you to our Platinum and Gold Members for your support!