European Fuel Cell 2011

Event Report: European Fuel Cell 2011

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23 Dec 2011PDF (1008 kb)

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European Fuel Cell 2011

Rome's iconic Colosseum (Source: Jonathan Wing)

Rome’s spectacular Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre played host to this year’s European Fuel Cell Piero Lunghi Conference – the fourth addition in the biennial series. Scientifically focused, the conference ran in three parallel parts: PEMFC materials, design and modelling; SOFC materials, design and modelling; and research grouped across prevalent themes in the wider fuel cell community.

Such themes included: the diverse roles that fuel cells can play in carbon strategies – particularly in the use of molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC) for carbon capture and storage; managing the costs of early market fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) deployment; fuel cells in niche transportation; securing continuing funding for basic and applied research; and the need for education of professionals and the public. Although technical by nature, the above sessions gave a more acute insight into some of the major issues and opportunities the industry faces as well as introducing new issues and opportunities of their own.

This report summarises and explores themes raised in the conference plenaries – Policies: world roadmaps and new horizons and Market: fuel cells and hydrogen, customer outreach and investment returns – as well as the pertinent insights from the diverse range of parallel sessions the conference offered.

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