HyForum 2008 2008 International Hydrogen Forum
Aug. 3 - 6, 2008, Changsha, China
August 5, 2008, 17:50 C2-002
Hunan Hall (B), Session C: NANOCOFC EC-China Workshop
Co-Chair: Bin ZHU (KTH, Sweden) Co-Chair: Peter D. LUND (Helsinki Univeristy of Technology, Finland)
Title of Ulrich Walter's presentation:
Why Hydrogen and Fuel Cells have to be accelerated by Nano Technologies (pps, 6 MB)
Session (C2): Hydrogen energy economy and development strategy
This lecture demonstrates, how implementations of appliances with new technologies impact our daily life. It explains, how these models can be applied to the future implementation of hydrogen and fuel cells (H2/FC) into the reality with the aid of Nanotechnologies. This challenge has to be more communicated and needs integrative support not only by politicians, but also by existing companies, venture capital and enterpreneurs.
The presentation is examining different products and markets worldwide. It compares, how consumer influence has played a role in the success of the worldwide implementation of inventions over the centuries. It shows, that today’s worldwide energy balance is rather uneconomical, due to high flaring and transmission losses. This is based on the existing centralised production of electricity, which is also polluting the environment.
Latest figures from Germany are released. They can easily be overcome by a decentralized energy system, based on hydrogen and using fuel cells in the applications. In this concept, the electricty has to be produced at the location of the usage, using hydrogen as an energy carriere. The implementation of Nanotechnologies in the decentralized production of hydrogen and in the utilisation of fuel cells will further accelerate this development.
It will be the consumers, who ultimately will fuel the future of hydrogen and fuel cells, for practical commercial and profitable uses worldwide. It will be driven by a worldwide demand of the consumers to posses new services, not neccesarily new products. One possible way to commercialization will be by means of direct, distributed production of hydrogen, based on renewable energies, preferable direct from solar power. Only if the industry proves it cases both environmentally and economically, today’s known obstacles will fall.
The presentation will further explain that, with more than 1 billion potential consumers in each country, China and/or India can be the marketplaces of the future for the use of hydrogen and fuel cells new applications and services. This lecture is based on 14 years of personal first hand-experience in the development of the commercialization of the emerging hydrogen and fuel cells industry worldwide.