This year, the hydrogen community will meet June 17 through 22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 22nd World Hydrogen Energy Conference. Three of the speakers who have confirmed their participation are Bart Biebuyck, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Brussels; Sunita Satyapal, Department of Energy, USA; and Yoshihiro Mizutani, Ministry of the Environment, Japan. Other conference contributions are said to be coming from Pierre-Etienne Franc, secretary general of the Hydrogen Council, and renowned managers working for Ballard and Hydrogenics. In all, around 200 presentations and more than 330 poster sessions will be vying for the attention of attendees.
The traditional exposition that runs alongside the conference will include an exhibition space organized by the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the National Organization Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology. Workshops take place on three of the five days. For example, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association is planned to hold a scientific seminar on the technology, while UFSCar, the Federal University of São Carlos, is going to inform attendees about metal alloys for hydrogen storage. In partnership with the European Hydrogen Association, the UN’s Climate Technology Center & Network will additionally offer a workshop titled “Energy Transition Now to Mitigate Climate Change.” The schedule also includes four technical tours. One will be a visit to the LabH2 hydrogen research facility of the Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Another will offer insights into the work at the federal science ministry’s National Institute of Technology. The third will be a tour of the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology, and the fourth will take place at the Itaipu Dam, the world’s most productive hydropower plant.
The organizer of the conference, Peter Sauber, expressed his delight when the subject came up during a conversation with H2-international: “Rio is lovely – much lovelier than expected.” The conference is going to be held south of the city, almost directly on the beach. H2-international will be reporting live from the event.