On September 10 and 11, 2019, the f-cell took place in Stuttgart for the 19th time, and as one could undoubtedly observe, the event has changed fundamentally over the years. After the focus on the trade fair in the meantime, the symposium is now more in the spotlight again.
The central function of this autumn event for the international hydrogen and fuel cell industry, however, is networking, which became particularly clear this year.
For years, events such as the f-cell or the Hanover Fair were regarded as so-called navel-gazing, in which science and industry showed what they had developed and then pat each other on the back. This time less of the well-known stakeholders appeared in the House of Economy, but more newcomers. While some faces, which had come to the capital of Baden-Württemberg regularly over many years, were missing, organiser Peter Sauber was able to welcome all the newer faces.
In particular from the supplier sector, companies, some of which were still unknown, travelled to the fair to find out more about hydrogen and fuel cell technology, but also to introduce themselves to the community and offer their products and services (40 exhibitors). The comprehensive range of matchmaking discussions, workshops and topic tables offered a wide variety of opportunities for making contact and initiating business.
The conference, which was attended by around 250 participants on both days, had interesting lectures to offer, especially on the second day. Among others Bill Johnston, the Minister of Mines and Petroleum of Western Australia, reported about H2 activities in Down Under, and Dr. Afkenel Schipstra about the plans in the Hydrogen Valley in the Netherlands, which has just been chosen by the EU.
Two highlights were added to the supporting programme this year: The day before, Jürgen Pfeiffer had invited to his political talk in the König-Karl-Halle, so that this was well filled in the evening during the recording of the panel discussion – primarily with technically interested gentlemen of mature age.
read more in H2-international January 2020