The Round Table
The Round Table is a new feature to our Forum
Programme, dealing with different issues concerning
commercialisation of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.
On stage everyday at 1:00 p.m, leaders from different
industrial sectors exchange new approaches/ideas
relative to the topic at hand. Facilitated by
our moderator, these discussions will be interactive,
including audience participation.
Wednesday, April 09: Automotive
Dr. Lars Peter Thiesen, Manager Communications
Opel AG, Germany
GM Fuel Cell Activities is pursuing two parallel
(1) Integration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Systems
into existing platforms like the HydroGen3.
(2) Development of totally new vehicle concepts
like AUTOnomy and Hy-wire.
GM regards Hydrogen as the fuel of the future
to be used directly on-board the vehicle.
As a result of the well-to-wheel study that GM
conducted together with major energy companies,
Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicles offer the biggest
potential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Peter Hoffmann, Editor and Publisher of the
& Fuel Cell Letter, USA
With all the euphoria and interest in Fuel Cells
for transportation, there are indications that
Hydrogen internal combustion engines, as hybrids
running on Hydrogen, may be faster to bring to
market. Fuel Cell cars will not be available commercially
for 10 to 12 years, but H2 combustion engine-vehicles
could be ready much, much sooner.
Phil Snaith, President
HydrogenSource LLC , South Windsor, CT, USA
Hydrogen Source has developed and proven prototype
technology for onboard reforming of pump-grade
gasoline and will be adapting its 150kW fuel processor
platform for Hydrogen refuelling applications.
There is considerable uncertainty over how to
provide the Hydrogen for Fuel Cell vehicles (storage,
transportation, driving range and cost trade-off).
HydrogenSource believes that both approaches should
continue to be developed but on an industry/government
HydrogenSource is well-placed to apply its current
expertise and technology platforms and concepts
for future enhancements to solve the dilemma of
how best to provide Hydrogen for automotive applications.
We are developing technology for fuel-flexible
onboard Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) for both
passenger and commercial goods vehicles. This
is more likely to be the early application for
onboard reforming and a basis for essential on-vehicle
Heinz Krosch, Manager Alternative Powertrains
- Ford Research Center
Motor Company, USA
Hydrogen is an energy source in medium/long term
future for individual mobility. In medium term
we will see H2 ICE powered vehicles; in medium/long
term the Fuel Cell vehicles will be dominant,
while getting more energy efficient
Ballard Power Systems Inc. , Germany
Ballard Power Systems has a long history in developing
Fuel Cells for mobile, stationary, and portable
Ballard Power Systems is currently launching
its latest automotive Fuel Cell system Xcellsisä
HY-80 which has been designed according to automotiv
requirements. These Fuel Cell systems are getting
installed in customer vehicles at Ford Motor Company
and DaimlerChrysler for field testing.