This year will be the twenty-third in the history of the joint booth Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries at the Hannover trade show (April 24 through 28). And since the industry meeting has proved to be a good networking platform, Tobias Renz FAIR and Deutsche Messe will also organize a similar booth at the American trade show this year. The Hydrogen + Fuel Cells North America will take place from Sept. 10 to 13 during the Solar Power International in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Renz told H2-international: “We believe it’s about time for hydrogen and fuel cells to enter the American energy debate at a large, established trade show. We think that with the Solar Power International and the Energy Storage International, we have found the perfect environment for advertising the global H2 and fuel cell industry in the United States.” With 650 exhibitors and 18,000 attendees, SPI is said to be the largest solar energy trade show in North America. Benjamin Low, head of the Energy division at Deutsche Messe, explained: “Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH AMERICA is therefore a perfect fit for Solar Power International. The respective technologies covered by the shows are closely interrelated and growing in importance.” It is the first energy event for Deutsche Messe in the United States.
Asked what drives him to expand the reach of the industry, Renz said: “There are only two large H2 and fuel cell trade shows globally, one in Tokyo and one in Hanover.” From time to time, a conference and an accompanying exhibition would show up in the United States or Canada, but these were typically events for H2 and fuel cell specialists only. He was looking for events dealing with renewable energy and storage in general.