Some 1,500 attendees visited this years's Hydrogen Expo US, held in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss the developing hydrogen industry, and strategies to bring hydrogen cars and other products to the consumer.
The latest in hydrogen and fuel cell technologies was showcased by more than 90 international exhibitors at the premier networking event, which is part of the National Hydrogen Association's (NHA) Annual Hydrogen Conference.
Highlights included the hydrogen vehicle Ride & Drive, which attracted conference delegates, media representatives and the public alike, included cars from exhibitors BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Honda and Toyota.
In the well-attended Seminar Forum located inside the exhibit hall visitors had the chance to learn more about new products and projects from more than twenty free presentations.
A spokesperson for the Hydrogen Association explained, $quot;It was really interesting to see the contrast of unbridled enthusiasm that Texans have for hydrogen technology, which is relatively new to them, compared to some executives who are in the middle of confronting the challenges to commercialization.$quot;
He explains there are still hurdles to everyday use saying, $quot;For example, you can ship half a barrel of gasoline on an airplane, but not a soda can-sized canister of hydrogen. We need to keep the benefits for hydrogen in the front of public consciousness: energy security, the environment and economic growth$quot;.
Exhibitors such as Pdc Machines Inc., a manufacturer of hydrogen compression systems said of the trade fair, $quot;Each year the Hydrogen Expo provides an arena to showcase its capabilities and latest innovations.$quot; Going further, Structural Composites Industries, a manufacturer of lightweight, high-pressure hydrogen cylinders said, $quot;The venue was very beneficial in providing opportunities to discuss advancements in the market and to meet others involved in this market.$quot;
The Hydrogen Expo US 2008 will be held on 30th March to 3rd April in California. Already, 50 percent of the exhibit space has been sold to exhibitors such as Air Products, Areva, BMW, Chevron, Hydrogenics, Linde and Praxair.