Now, one might expect that a Fuel Cell Conference held in Europe may have a European focus and neglect other parts of the world. The F-Cell Program held in Stuttgart Germany, September 27 – 28, 2010 does this plus a little more.
The conference focuses on Europe first (many Germany, see my earlier post about the H2 Mobility plan), and Asia second and puts the U. S. squarely in third place when it comes to fuel cell development.
To give some examples of how much emphasis is placed upon Europe and Asia (and not the U. S.) here are some of the titles of some of the speeches to be given at this conference:
• Towards a hydrogen-fuelled economy in Europe
• R&D activities and plans of hydrogen fuel cells in Korea
• Hydrogen and fuel cell industry in China
• Hydrogen and fuel cell industry in India
• HyRaMP: The European network for the hydrogen and fuel cell economy – policy and activities
• Next steps for hydrogen stations and fuel cell vehicles in Scandinavia and Denmark
• Hydrogen and fuel cells activities in Italy: national and regional perspectives
• The fuel cell industry in Germany is growing strongly – status and prospects on units, sales volume and employment
• Hydrogen refuelling station roll-out in Germany an industry perspective
• R&D activities on hydrogen storage and transportation technologies in JX Nippon Oil & Energy Co. (Japan)
• Current status of TOTAL activities for hydrogen (Germany)
• H2moves Scandinavia – the first European Lighthouse Project for hydrogen fuel cell cars in Oslo
• US fuel cell and hydrogen policy trends and challenges
That’s it. The F-Cell Program just another indicator of how the U. S. is lagging behind both Europe and Asia in fuel cell development. My question is if energy independence is so important to the U. S. do we really want to be dependent upon buying our future technology from other nations rather than building our own?