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2,500 Attend 2003 H2 Expo,
2004 International Conference Planned
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by Ines Freesen, Hydrogen Expo

The 3rd H2Expo, which took place from October 9 to 11, 2003 in Hamburg, was once again an overwhelming success.  The NHA was represented with a booth and hosted the North American session in the seminar forum.

More than 2,500 visitors from around the world came to see the latest technologies and trends and talk business. Not only the local players including Hamburg utilities company HEW and transport agency Hochbahn were very satisfied. The fuel cell bus test-rides these two CUTE project partners offered during the exhibition were so popular that a second bus had to be taken out of regular service to accommodate everyone. But also the mid-sized companies displaying their developments at the event expressed great satisfaction.

"We were a first-time exhibitor at H2Expo, and this paid off for us immediately. We had numerous good discussions at the show, some of which already resulted in actual projects." said Armin Foell, Sales Director at Varian Deutschland GmbH, a leading supplier of fuel cell gas analysis devices. "We will definitely come back next year."

The large percentage of international attendees in particular convinced the exhibitors that their time in Hamburg was well spent. Therefore, Mathias Bode, President of FuelCon AG, which is specialized in test equipment for different fuel cell types, joined the chorus and said: "At H2Expo we were able to establish a number of new, especially international contacts. As a result of our participation we expect an increase in our export business." Delegations from the European countries, North America and Asia kept the exhibitors' staff busy on all three days of the event, even the students' program "H2 for Kids" was internationally attended this time. This year, the GKSS Research Center from Geesthacht near Hamburg helped the expo organizers to put together a program tailored to the youngsters' interests. Modeled after the "students fuel cell lab", which GKSS successfully established in their own facilities, Dr. Joerg Mueller and Michael Buchsteiner ran a session for the students aged 15 and older. Some 140 participants attended H2 for Kids, including a group from Denmark.

More than 2,500 visitors from around the world came to the third H2 Expo October 9-11, 2003 in Hamburg, Germany

"It is very important to instill an interest in scientific and technical issues in the students", Dr. Mueller explains his institute's commitment. "Our students lab gives the young ones a chance to develop a feeling for natural sciences in an experimental way. This helps them understand that these areas have a lot to do with everyday live and its problems."

The next H2Expo will be held on September 15 to 17, 2004. In addition to the successfully established formula of the expo, a conference focusing on scientific as well as marketing issues will take place concurrently. For more information call +49-211-687858-11, or send an email to: sales@h2expo.de. ©2003. All Rights Reserved. A Publication of the National Hydrogen Association.
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