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Storing Energy Using Hydrogen and Batteries
Enormous interest for the „Power-to-Gas“ concepts at Hannover Messe
 
   
April 17, 2013
   
140 exhibitors from 23 countries participated this time at the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells at Hannover Messe 2013, among them several companies active in the battery industry. Adding the stationary batteries to the topic range of the Group Exhibit is therefore a logical step for its organizer Tobias Renz: „More and more of our exhibitors present both the fuel cell and battery technologies at the Group Exhibit. These two topics have become almost inseparable.“

Politicians showed high interest in the future energy storage. High ranking representatives of the EU attended the Group Exhibit: Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission, Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Energy und Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science. Over 30 Berlin based ambassadors of such countries as Japan, Mexico and Turkey visited the Group Exhibit as well.

Central point of the Group Exhibit was the storage of renewable energy in form of hydrogen. 15 exhibitors demonstrated electrolyzers – devices to convert electricity into an easily transportable and storable fuel: Hydrogen.

Another energy storage technology was introduced by a Japanese exhibitor NGK Insulators who presented batteries with a total capacity of up to several megawatts.

Both forums of the Group Exhibit proved to be real visitor magnets. They offered a broad platform for presenting and discussing the latest developments of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry.

A highlight for the visitors were also the fuel cell cars of Daimler, GM/Opel, Toyota and Honda available for a test drive at the outdoor Ride & Drive area. Unlike the battery-powered electric vehicles, in the hydrogen powered cars the traction current is generated directly in the fuel cells integrated into these cars.

Linde demonstrated how these vehicles are refueled with hydrogen. ITM Power presented the same for a hydrogen powered bus. The hydrogen for the refueling was produced directly on the spot through a process of electrolysis.

The next Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries will take place at Hannover Messe 2014, April 7 – 11.

Pressekontakte:
Tobias Renz, Tobias Renz FAIR, Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0) 30 609 84 556 / Mobile: +49 (0) 177 52 18 535
Email: tobias@h2fc-fair.com / Website: www.h2fc-fair.com