Deutsche Messe AG, February 12, 2008
Hydrogen + Fuel Cells: record number of participants
- 14th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells in Hall 13 with its 150 exhibitors from 25 countries
- One focal point: Stationary fuel cells
Hannover. Ballard Power Systems, BASF Fuel Cell, Hydrogenics, CFC Solutions, Dana and Hydrogen Technologies are just a few of the exhibitors you will find at the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells (H2/FC) at the HANNOVER MESSE 2008. Around150 international exhibitors from 25 countries will participate at Europe’s largest platform for the H2/FC industry. Market leaders, SMEs as well as research institutions will present their products and developments from all sectors of this rapidly-growing industry: hydrogen production, fuel cell components, stationary, portable and mobile fuel cells, fuel cell applications, test systems for fuel cells, reformers, hydrogen transport, storage and infrastructure.
As in 2007, stationary fuel cell systems will be a main focus of the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE 2008. At the Initiative Brennstoffzelle (IBZ) booth of the Group Exhibit H2/FC, the companies BAXI INNOTECH, Hexis, Vaillant and Viessmann will showcase their latest progress in this field, together with well-known energy suppliers (EnBW, E.ON Ruhrgas, EWE, MVV and VNG).
Alexander Dauensteiner, Leader of Fuel Cell Product Management at Vaillant and Assistant to the Initiative Brennstoffzelle, provides further insight on this topic:
In which sectors do you see stationary fuel cells being applicable and how many KW hours would these systems generate?
Dauensteiner: Stationary fuel cells could potentially revolutionize the heating technology of the future. If the projected goals for research, development and testing can be reached, customers could buy heating systems which simultaneously provide electrical power in the capacity of 1-5 KW. Heating appliances could thereby be transformed into highly-efficient and environmentally-friendly energy suppliers. This would decrease energy costs and improve our environment. Manufacturers of heating systems such as Vaillant, Viessmann, BAXI INNOTECH and the Swiss manufacturer HEXIS are currently working on fuel cell systems that could be implemented in single- and multi-family houses as well as in small commercial facilities.
How many operating hours have these fuel cell systems achieved in field tests?
Dauensteiner: Vaillant possesses considerable field test experience with over 60 fuel cell heating appliances, yet other manufacturers also are cooperating with power companies on such field tests. While we’ve charted several hundred thousand hours of experience with these systems, there are still many challenges to overcome. The importance of such tests cannot be underestimated – they are incredibly important.
When is market entry expected? What are the present challenges?
Dauensteiner: It’s nearly impossible to plan market entry. This is a highly-innovative technology that just needs more time before a product can be sold commercially. Market entry will certainly not be before 2010, but I am sure that with our joint efforts – such as through the large German “Lighthouse Projects“ – these challenges can be overcome. The question is not so much if fuel cell heating appliances will come; the question is rather when and if we here in Germany will have the necessary perseverance to see it through.
Where will the hydrogen come from and how will it be generated?
Dauensteiner: The fuel cell heating appliance will take care of that by transforming natural gas into a hydrogen-rich gas. The customer only needs a simple and standard natural gas supply.
What will Vaillant exhibit at the HANNOVER MESSE 2008?
Dauensteiner: At the Group Exhibit H2/FC, the Initiative Brennstoffzelle (IBZ) will present the current state of development in this industry. Power companies of the IBZ booth will be showing their concepts for progress, such as their support in large field tests. Background information, experts and latest prototypes - all of this will be pooled together at one booth. For me, the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells at the HANNOVER MESSE is the most important H2/FC event in Germany. For both experts and end-users alike, this industry meeting is an excellent opportunity to find out more about the current status and to exchange information about this fascinating technology.
About the HANNOVER MESSE 2008
The world’s most important technology event will take place April 21-25, 2008 in Hannover, Germany. Here, visitors will find the following leading trade fairs: INTERKAMA+, Factory Automation, Industrial Building Automation, Digital Factory, Subcontracting, Energy, Pipeline Technology, Power Plant Technology, MicroTechnology as well as Research & Technology. The central themes of the HANNOVER MESSE 2008 will be Industrial Automation, Energy Technology, Industrial Subcontracting & Services and Future Technologies. Japan will be the Partner Country in 2008.
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