2003 Hydrogen Production and Storage Forum (Hydrogen)

Venue: Hilton Garden Inn - Franklin Square

Location: Washington, District Of Columbia, United States

Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2003 End Date/Time: Dec 05, 2003
Registration Date: Dec 04, 2003
Early Registration Date: Oct 24, 2003
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 25, 2003
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Chaired by Jay Laskin (former Director, Teledyne Energy Systems Inc.) and Alan Niedziewcki (President & CEO, Quantum Technologies, Inc.), this conference will be devoted to helping developers, producers and users of hydrogen to assess the infrastructure, emerging applications, and new ways to reduce generation, storage, and deployment costs.
Over 200 executives are expected to attend – including business development managers, R&D specialists, technology planners, and venture capitalists . . . as well as anyone connected with applications where hydrogen will play a key role, such as transportation, electric power generation and mobile battery-powered devices like notebook computers and cell phones.

The conference will feature 21 speakers, two Keynote addresses and one Panel Discussion on December 4-5. In addition, two 3-hour seminars on the basics of hydrogen production and storage will be held on December 3. There will also be an exhibit area for display of new hydrogen generation and storage technologies, and testing, purification, and metering equipment.

“Depending on whom you listen to, the Hydrogen Economy is either just around the corner or 25 years down the road,” said Dr. Hugh Olmstead, Intertech’s Hydrogen Conference Manager. “In a sense, both views are correct. Fuel-cell batteries (using methanol as the hydrogen source) will be commonplace in five years. Toshiba is launching a micro fuel-cell powered notebook computer in 2004. Smart Fuel Cell GmbH began selling its 25-watt Remote Power System in 2002. Analysts now predict that 1% of US homes will be powered by residential fuel cells by 2010. Certain isolated regions (such as Iceland, Hawaii, and Japan’s Yakushima Island) have committed to converting to a hydrogen infrastructure by 2025 or earlier. China – with 1.2 billion people but few cars per capita, having no integrated transport system for any fuel, and operating the world’s largest fleet (5,000) of natural gas-fueled buses – may switch to hydrogen even sooner,” Dr. Olmstead noted.

“Enormous investments in new hydrogen technologies are being made today. BP has invested $500 million in hydrogen and renewable energy projects in the past three years. In the 2003-2005 period, at least eight major car producers will be introducing low-volume fuel cell cars, running on hydrogen in some form,” Olmstead remarked. “The European Commission is investing $2 billion over the next three years to research a renewable hydrogen-based energy economy, and has set a target of producing 22% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2010. The latest US Department of Energy’s FreedomFUEL program targets reducing the cost of hydrogen by a factor or 4 and the cost of fuel cells by a factor of 10, with $720 million ear-marked for funding over the next 5 years. Likewise, Japan, Korea and China have ambitious national development programs for hydrogen underway. There are clearly many efficient, environmentally sound and low cost methods available today to produce and store hydrogen. This conference will provide a close look at the most viable technologies and systems, and assess what is truly here-and-now.”

The following topics will be covered in the four conference sessions on December 4-5:

1. Production Methods to Generate the Hydrogen Economy Today


Reforming, partial oxidation


Thermochemical cycles


Renewables (solar, wind, geothermal, tidal)

Small-scale generators

2. Solving the Hydrogen Storage Challenge

High-pressure storage

Micro canisters

Metal hydrides

Chemical hydrides


Separation methods, membranes

3. Life Cycle Analysis for Hydrogen Fuel

Fuel chain analysis


Comparisons to other fuels

Energy balance calculations

4. Business Strategies for a “Here-and Now” Hydrogen Economy

Market development hurdles

The U.S. FreedomFuel program

Market entry strategies

Storage capacity issues

The Hydrogen Economy: the view from Europe

Hydrogen in China

Case study on Iceland, Hawaii, Yakushima Island