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HANNOVER MESSE 2011, April 4-8, Hall 27, B66
17th Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells

Fuel cells for decentralized power generation – an alternative to power plant technology?

Press Conference I: April 4, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hall 27, B66
Electric transport: What role does hydrogen play?

Press Conference II: April 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hall 27, B66
Decentralized energy supply – a power plant in every cellar?

March 24, 2011

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Munich. Over 120 exhibitors from 20 countries will participate at Europe’s biggest hydrogen and fuel cell exhibition. Due to the recent incidents in nuclear power plants in Japan, visitors of the Group Exhibit H2+FC will witness a greater emphasis on safe and decentralized energy supply using stationary fuel cells. For the first time, visitors will have the opportunity to drive fuel cell vehicles themselves at the Ride + Drive area to the east of Hall 27.

Decentralized energy supply – a power plant in every cellar? (E51)
Leading utility companies and fuel cell CHP manufacturers have united their efforts to provide decentralized heat and power generation in the comfort of one’s own home. At the booth of the “Initiative Brennstoffzellen” (IBZ), Essen, visitors can see fuel cell CHP systems from the companies BAXI INNOTECH GmbH, Hamburg, Vaillant Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG, Remscheid and Hexis AG from Winterthur, Switzerland. The systems can supply 1kW of electricity and 2 kW of heat. The fuel cell heating system is supplemented with a condensing module. The innovative units have already been implemented in 120 field tests for heat and power generation in single-family homes.
The fuel cell CHP unit is connected to natural gas supply. A reformer within the unit transforms the natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide. Within the fuel cell, the hydrogen reacting with the oxygen results in a silent, cold combustion. Households can benefit from independent, decentralized electricity while using the “waste heat” to warm their homes and water supply.

Test drive a fuel cell vehicle (outdoor area, east of Hall 27)
The Clean Energy Partnership will exhibit vehicles from Adam Opel AG (GM), Daimler AG, Toyota and Volkswagen AG. Visitors have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of these vehicles at the Ride + Drive. The Clean Energy Partnership is a conglomeration of 13 technology, oil and energy corporations, several automobile manufacturers and two public transportation providers. Together these companies jointly pursue the establishment of hydrogen as “The fuel of the future.” Their goals are the continuous operation of efficient hydrogen vehicles on a day-to-day basis, the fast and safe refueling of these vehicles as well as the clean and sustainable production of hydrogen. The following vehicles will be available for a test drive in Hanover:
Adam Opel (GM), HydroGen 4
Daimler, B-Klasse F-CELL
Toyota, FCHV-adv
Volkswagen, Tiguan HyMotion
The vehicles will be fueled with hydrogen gas at 700 bar. The performance of the vehicles ranges from 73 kW to 100 kW. Depending on the car a full tank of hydrogen gas lasts 250 - 790 km. The maximum speed is 160 km/h.

Fuel cells for forklifts and buses (C59)
Hydrogenics Corp., Mississauga, ON, Canada will unveil its new, compact 30 kW Fuel Cell Power Module at the HANNOVER MESSE 2011. The HyPM 30 can be integrated into forklifts or city buses in a relatively short amount of time. The stack life time exceeds 10,000 hours of operation, with unlimited on-off cycling. Further characteristics of the HyPM 30 include a -40°C freeze rating with a -10°C freeze start capability.

80 km/h on a fuel cell motorbike (B79)
Intelligent Energy Ltd, Loughborough, England will show its ENV Fuel Cell Motorbike. The motorbike’s tank is filled with compressed hydrogen. Powered by a 1kW fuel cell and emitting only water, the almost silent ENV has top speed of 80 km/h top speed and a range of 160 km.

Germany’s first battery exchange station for electric cars (C50)
As part of the research project “GridSurfer”, the institute NEXT ENERGY, EWE-Forschungszentrum für Energietechnologie e.V., Oldenburg is looking into stabilizing the grid via electric vehicles. Renewable energy from the wind and sun is subject to strong fluctuations. With traction batteries, excess energy can be stored and then, as needed, fed back into the grid. In order to test the bidirectional interaction of batteries and the grid, NEXT ENERGY is working on Germany’s first battery exchange station for electric cars which will be located in Oldenburg.

Do-it-yourself hydrogen production (B60)
ITM Power, Sheffield, England, will launch its HPac hydrogen generation product at the HANNOVER MESSE 2011. HPac, which generates up to 1 kg of pure hydrogen per day, received CE-certification on January 28, 2011, permitting it to be sold commercially in the EU. Furthermore ITM Power will reveal the recent results of its Hydrogen On Site Trials (HOST). These trials allow commercial companies like Vestas Wind Systems, DHL Supply Chain and Scottish & Southern Energy to use ITM’s transportable fueling stations (HFuel) to refuel small fleets of fuel cell electric vehicles and forklift trucks on a day-to-day basis.

Fuel cell back-up power system for the German Telecom (C57)
FutureE Fuel Cell Solutions GmbH, Nürtingen will show its modular fuel cell system designed as an all-in-one solution. The system as well as the hydrogen supply are packaged in a transportable container. In addition to supplying back-up power in the case of grid failure, the system provides tertiary control and reduces peak load. The German Telecom has already implemented this system in multiple locations within their network, including Berlin. The power output is 28 kW.

Renowned first-time exhibitors
MAGNA STEYR, worldwide leading OEM for automotive engineering and assembly, will exhibit for the first time at the Group Exhibit (D50). Among other products, MAGNA STEYR will present its high pressure fuel storage system for up to 70 MPa of compressed hydrogen as well as its cryogenic fuel storage tank for liquid hydrogen. A similar liquid hydrogen storage system has already been developed and produced. These systems which fulfill automotive quality standards are intended for mass production. HITACHI Metals, Ltd. Tokyo, Japan (D59) will exhibit its interconnectors for high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC). These components, also known as bi-polar plates, are responsible for the electrical flow between the cells as well as for the supply of gas throughout the fuel cell. SCHOTT Electronic Packaging GmbH, Landshut (E57) will show its glass and glass-ceramic insulation for solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The operating temperature of SOFCs is approximately 800° C, making the material requirements very high.

Press Conference I: April 4, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hall 27, B66
Electric transport: What role does hydrogen play?
Dr. Veit Steinle, Director-General of Environmental Policy and Infrastructure of Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Bonhoff, Speaker and Managing Director, NOW GmbH, Berlin
Werner Diwald, Executive Board, ENERTRAG AG, Dauerthal
Bernhard Grünewald, Head of Berlin Office, TOYOTA MOTOR EUROPE, Berlin
Patrick Schnell, Head of Sustainable Development and New Energies, TOTAL Deutschland GmbH, Berlin and Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership, Berlin

Press Conference II: April 5, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hall 27, B66
Decentralized energy supply – a power plant in every cellar?
Kai Klinder, Managing Director, Director of Stationary Applications, NOW GmbH, Berlin
Volker Nerlich, Business Development, Hexis AG, Winterthur
Andreas Ballhausen, Head of Department Energy Services, EWE ENERGIE AG, Oldenburg, Speaker for the “Initiative Brennstoffzelle“ (IBZ)
Andrea Reschke, Baxi-Gamma field test customer, Oldenburg

Fuel Cell Applications
Other fascinating applications in Hanover include back-up and off-grid power systems. Fuel cell power applications are becoming more and more relevant for telecommunications, camping and leisure as well as industries needing uninterrupted power supply (e.g. IT, hospitals). The 3,000m² exhibition area spotlights the latest products and innovations from all sectors of this rapidly-growing industry: stationary, portable and mobile fuel cell applications, fuel cell stacks and components, test equipment for fuel cells and batteries, reformers, hydrogen production, transportation, storage and infrastructure.

Energy Mix of the Future
As the world’s biggest expo for energy technology, the Energy trade fair at HANNOVER MESSE is the ideal platform for dialog and networking. In Hanover the energy industry showcases innovative technology and services for a safe, efficient, sustainable and economic energy solution. The Energy trade fair focuses on conventional and renewable power solutions as well as transmission and distribution technology. These energy topics create an optimal synergy with leading trade fairs Wind, Power Plant Technology and MobiliTec.

About the HANNOVER MESSE 2011
The world’s leading showcase for industrial technology, the HANNOVER MESSE 2011, April 4-8, unites 13 trade fairs under one roof: Industrial Automation, MDA, Energy, Power Plant Technology, Wind, MobiliTec, Digital Factory, ComVac, Industrial Supply, CoilTechnica, SurfaceTechnology, MicroNanoTec as well as Research & Technology. In 2011 France will be the partner country.

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Contact for press:
Tobias Renz, Tobias Renz FAIR, Munich, Deutschland
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