Hydrogen Here and Now in the Heartland of Oil

Hydrogen Expo US moves to Texas, at the 18th Annual NHA Hydrogen Conference

Moving to the heart of the oil industry, Hydrogen Expo US organizer Freesen & Partner GmbH anticipates a growing interest from exhibitors and attendees. Under the theme "Hydrogen Here and Now" the most important showcase for the hydrogen and fuel cells industry will be held on March 19 to 21, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas, as part of the 18th Annual NHA Hydrogen Conference (March 19-22). Over 100 exhibitors and more than 2,000 visitors are expected to participate.

"The United States currently offer companies with innovative solutions the best potential", says Ines Freesen, Managing Director of Freesen & Partner GmbH. "The 1.2 billion dollar program announced by President George W. Bush is being implemented step by step. The program's focus is on hydrogen infrastructure, storage technologies and fuel cell applications, which opens up an attractive market both for domestic and international vendors."

Recently, a number of projects for groundbreaking, clean energy supply were announced in the State of Texas. In November 2005, Gas Technology Institute signed an agreement with the State's Commission on Environmental Quality (TEQ) for the development of hydrogen fueling station technology. In February 2006, scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and RTI International released information about a new material designed for hydrogen purification. In April 2006, Praxair announced the construction of a hydrogen storage facility in Liberty County, TX. Fuel cell system developer General Hydrogen plans to deliver one of their units to Houston, TX-based Cat Lift Trucks to power a forklift. Also, the Center for Fuel Cell Research and Application at HARC (Houston Advanced Research Center) is engaged in a number of additional projects.

Hydrogen Expo US attendance is predicted to benefit from local Texas industry, such as the electronics manufacturers. These companies are interested in the integration of energy conversion via fuel cells into their end-products. The "Portable Power and Small Fuel Cells" theme pavilion in the exhibit hall will bring a focus to this sector and other near-term products.

Mobility and clean, reliable hydrogen energy for residential and commercial heat and power are further topic areas at Hydrogen Expo US. Already now, some 40 exhibitors are signed up for the 2007 event, including: Air Products, Ballard, BMW, BOC, Chevron, DaimlerChrysler, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Network North-Rhine Westfalia, Gas Technology Institute, Honda, Hydrogen Power, Hydrogenics, Linde, Praxair, Proton Energy Systems, Shell Hydrogen, South Carolina Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Alliance, Toyota, UTC Power, among many others.

Companies applying for exhibit space now also have the opportunity to sign up for a free speaking opportunity in the expo seminar forum. For further information contact:
For Europe and Asia: Ines Freesen, tel. +49-2802-948484-0, email info@hydrogenexpo.com
For North America: Bruce Cole / Dave Jackson, tel. +1-207-236-6196, email bc@hydrogenexpo.com / dj@hydrogenexpo.com

Pictures, exhibitor list, floorplan and application form: http://www.hydrogenexpo.com
More information on the conference: http://www.hydrogenconference.org

Press Contact:
Freesen & Partner GmbH
Ines Freesen
Schwalbennest 7a
46519 Alpen, Germany
Tel. +49-2802-948484-0
Fax: +49-2802-948484-3

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