Sunday, April 18, 2:00 pm
Starting at the Forum
in the center of the Group Exhibit, Hall
13, Booth F45
Lang Zhong, Marketing
Fuyuan Century Fuel Cell Power Co. Ltd.
Beijing, P.R. China
Ulf Groos, Marketing
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
Arno A. Evers, owner
and operator of Group Exhibit H2/FC
A. Evers FAIR-PR
Ulrich Walter, Moderator
A. Evers FAIR-PR
Welcome to the tenth anniversary of the
Group Exhibit - Hydrogen + Fuel Cells.
I’d like to welcome to the stage
three guests: Mr. Lang Zhong, Mr. Ulf
Groos and Mr. Arno E. Evers.
During the Fair, beginning tomorrow morning,
we will have a forum programme every twenty
minutes, all day long.
Let’s start with Mr. Groos, Marketing
Director of Hydrogen Technology for the
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy
Systems (ISE), from Freiburg in Germany.
The Institute that has been at the Group
Exhibit every year, since the very beginning,
10 years ago!
Mr. Groos: Well, personally I have only
been here for 5 years, but the Institute
has been here for 10. Over that time,
we have witnessed a transformation. In
earlier years the Group Exhibit was really
research-based. But now, we are witnessing
the transformation to a commercial exhibit.
In fact, the Group Exhibit has moved from
it’s former home in the technology
pavillion to here, where it is more market
based. We always do well here. Every year
this fair is successful for us. We can
clearly say that technology transfer works!
Mr. Zhong from the Marketing Department
of the Fuyuan Century Fuel Cell Power
company: This is our first time here.
Fuel Cells are not too well known in China.
We are trying to develop low-wattage products.
The market in China is slowly starting
to grow, but it is not as well known as
it is in the West.
And now to Mr. Arno E. Evers, founder,
owner and operator of FAIR-PR: Congratulations
on reaching ten years!
Mr. Evers: I knew that we would get this
big, I just never knew when it would happen.
In terms of the next ten years, that’s
up to the exhibitors. We hope they will
all come back for the eleventh anniversary
Today, we are just at the very beginning.
100 years ago, the Wright Bros flew a
plane for 57 seconds, just two metres
off the ground. Who would have thought
that in 100 years time there would be
planes flying 300 people to the other
side of the world., at 10,000 feet?
That’s where we are at today, in
terms of fuel cells. We are at that first
flight. And I’m sure that we can’t
even begin to imagine where we will be
in 100 years time. There is no question
that it will take a lot of work, but it
Maybe the “killer app” is
out there, here, today, this week at the
I would have to say that for me the highlight
of the Fair this year is the “internationality”.
We have exhibitors from 24 countries-
a real record!
We also have exhibitors showing every
type of application, in every size.
I’d also like to add that we will
be holding a second Group Exhibit in Shanghai
this November. Our motto has always been
“Go to where the Market is!”.
And that’s why we’re going
to Shanghai. China is part of that future
market. I don’t know if the future
of Fuel Cells is there, but I believe
that it is. We will definitely start small
in Shanghai. Nobody expects us to reach
the size of Hannover overnight. Also,
significantly, we will be part of the
Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s
Pavillion. I invite everyone to come to
China this November.
The guided press tour went to:
Representatives of the press visiting
the Chinese Pavilion and meeting members
of the large Chinese delegation. James
Ding, Director and General Manager of
the Shanghai Shen Zheng Int'l Business
Consultant Co., Ltd., Shanghai, China
spoke to the assembled group about the
increasing importance of Hydrogen and
Fuel Cells in China.
IMM- Insitut fuer Mikrotechnik
Mainz GmbH, Mainz, Germany
At the IMM exhibit, Dr.- Ing. Gunther
Kolb, Head of Process Engineering and
Heterogeneous Catalysis at IMM- Insitut
fuer Mikrotechnik Mainz GmbH, Mainz, Germany
spoke to the press about his view that
in the short to medium term, micro-structures,
which result in more efficient heat transfers,
would focus on energy for portable systems.
Saia-Burgess Dreieich GmbH &
Co. KG, Dreieich, Germany
The press also stopped at the Saia-Burgess
Dreieich GmbH & Co. KG, Dreieich,
Germany booth where the importance of
the IT world for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
was explained by Ulrich-Michael Dismer,
Market Segment Manager Energy Controls.
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc., Cambridge,
The press were next taken to see a Fiat
car powered entirely by Fuel Cells at
the booth of Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc., Cambridge,
MA, USA. William Mitchell, P.E., Vice
President, invited press to return to
see a live demonstration of the car on
Tuesday and Thursday of this week.
MTU CFC Solutions GmbH, Ottobrunn,
Torsten Bardewyck, Manager of Marketing
and Sales for MTU CFC Solutions GmbH,
Ottobrunn, Germany showed his company’s
stationary fuel cell that can achieve
an overall efficiency of 90%. The company
currently has a model working in a hospital
that has thus far logged 20,000 hours
of operation- and shows no sign of slowing.
Ballard Power Systems Inc. Burnaby,
Jochen Straub, Communications at Ballard
Power Systems Inc. Burnaby, BC, Canada
displayed a model for a back-up battery
that allows no interuption of the power
here for the Guided Press Tour HANNOVER