NHAs Annual Meeting Held in April, 200 Attend
by Susan Leach, Vice President, National Hydrogen
NHAs 7th Annual U.S. Hydrogen Meeting was held 2-4 April 1996 at the
Radisson Mark Plaza Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia (U.S.A.). The meeting
was attended by 200 representatives from industry, small business, government,
and research organizations from the U.S. and around the world.
Allan Hoffman, Acting
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Utility Technologies at the
U.S. Department of Energyhere enjoying another presentation with AM7
attendeeschaired the meetings first General Session on National
Hydrogen Energy Policies.
This years theme was Planning for a
Hydrogen Future. The NHA vision for a hydrogen future is that of a robust
new energy sector with nonpolluting applications in transportation, industry,
commercial, and residential energy markets. As hydrogen energy applications
become more widespread, new business opportunities will be created. The
manner in which these new markets will be created, capital availability,
and the role that policymakers and regulators will play were examined over
the course of the meeting.
A recurring theme was the importance of building
a constituency, both political and public. A film crew from Hydrogen 2000
was on hand to capture the meeting highlights for the upcoming hydrogen
documentary, Element One. The documentarysponsored by more
than a dozen entities including three countries, California (U.S.A.), and
many NHA memberspromises to have a powerful impact on raising public
awareness of hydrogen, creating in turn a new political constituency.
A Hydrogen Future will become a reality with
the help of todays students. This years meeting featured a special
educational event demonstrating clean energy technologies to 40 secondary
school science students. The NHA also hosted students from Wellington High
School in Florida (U.S.A.), finalists in Chrysler Corporations Build
Your Dream Vehicle Competition. At Wednesdays luncheon, they
presented their design for the Phoenix, a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel
Dr. Amory Lovins, cofounder
and director of the Rocky Mountain Institute (right), describes to NHA 7th
Annual Meeting attendees how transformations underway in automotive technology
may accelerate the transition to a solar hydrogen economy.
This years featured speakers included
U.S. Representative Robert Walker, House Science Committee Chairman and
sponsor of the Hydrogen Future Act; Amory Lovins, Director of the Rocky
Mountain Institute; and James Cannon, author of Harnessing
Hydrogen: The Key to Sustainable Transportation.
Other distinguished speakers included Adam Serchuck
of the Center for Global Change; Tom Widmer, President and CEO of Thermo
Savannah River Ventures, Inc., a spin-off of Massachusetts (U.S.A.) Institute
of Technologys Thermoelectron Corp.; Henry Kelly, Assistant Director
of Technology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and
Scott Sklar, Executive Director of Solar Energy Industries Association.
The meeting was sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Energy, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ©1996.
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