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NHA Participates in International Conference


By Jeff Serfass, NHA President, and Karen Miller, NHA Program Director
The National Hydrogen Association was honored to participate in the joint meeting of GlobeEx 2000 and ENERGEX 2000, an international energy conference. The conference and tradeshow was held July 23-28 at the Riviera Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The GlobeEx conference consisted of keynote addresses and panel discussions on topics of globally sustainable energy issues. The ENERGEX meeting consisted of a variety of technical sessions including global warming, renewable energy, carbon sequestration, and waste management.

Jeff Serfass participated on a panel on “New Wealth Creation in Developing Countries,” moderated by Dr. Charles Gay, Director of Greenstar Corporation. The session focused on micro-enterprise development with solar and hybrid power systems in rural communities. While this session was not hydrogen-related, it addressed business strategies for clean energy in rural communities.

Later in the week, Jeff chaired a panel on “The Hydrogen Economy in the 21st Century.” Jim Adams of Ford Research Lab, David Holmes of Avista Labs, and Bob Golden of the USDOE discussed transportation, infrastructure development, fuel cells, and the political scene. It was an excellent opportunity to reach out beyond the hydrogen community to the broader energy and environmental community. Thanks to the speakers for all of their hard work and participation.

Karen Miller presented the “Development of International Codes and Standards for the Safe Use of Hydrogen Energy Systems” in a technical session of ENERGEX 2000 on Hydrogen Utilization, chaired by Dr. Jay Keller of Sandia National Laboratories. Her presentation covered the need for international standards, and the activities underway to put these standards in place. This type of venue allows the NHA to develop contacts and inform the community of the standards activities within the NHA thereby gaining greater consensus. NHA members will find presentation materials on the NHA and the Codes and Standards efforts on the Members’ Only section of the web site. If you are not a member of the NHA and would like more information, please contact NHA staff at 1.202.223.5547.

NHA members participating in the conference and trade show included DCH Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Ford Motor Company. In addition to the plethora of presentations there were two off-site excursions. Tours of the Nevada Test Site and the Hoover Dam were available for interested delegates. The conference was a success for the NHA and the sustainable energy community as a whole.

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