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

Munich/Hanover: One hundred twenty-five exhibitors from 20 countries took part in Europe’s biggest hydrogen and fuel cells exhibition. By the closing day of the fair, one fourth of the exhibitors had already committed to the 2012 trade fair.

Two highlights of the Public Forum were the discussions: “Electric transport: What role does hydrogen play?” and “Decentralized energy supply – a power plant in every cellar?”

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH, and Patrick Schnell, Head of Sustainable Development and New Energies at TOTAL Deutschland GmbH and Chairman of the Clean Energy Partnership, emphasized that batteries and fuel cells are not exclusive of one another but rather complement each other in hybrid vehicles. The greatest challenge will be to create a wide-reaching hydrogen infrastructure i.e. a network of hydrogen filling stations.

Rainer Bomba, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development expressed his thoughts concerning decentralized energy supply: “The government supports joint projects with utility companies, with partners in industry and in research. Questions like ‘what should we do with surplus energy?’ have found their answer in fuel cell technology.

A major attraction for visitors was the 8000m² Ride+Drive area east of Hall 27. Visitors had the opportunity to drive fuel cell vehicles from Adam Opel / GM, Daimler, Volkswagen and Toyota.

“Over 30 exhibitors have already committed to the Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells at the HANNOVER MESSE 2012,” says Managing Director Tobias Renz. One hundred fifty exhibitors from 25 countries are expected to participate at the next Group Exhibit at HANNOVER MESSE 2012, April 23-27.

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