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By Ines Freesen
Freesen & Partner, GbmH

Hydrogen and fuel cell initiatives from California have been enviously looked at around the globe. This movement gained new momentum when Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 76 this summer, which provides the first portion of funding to implement the California Hydrogen Highway Network (CA H2 Net). The Golden State has offered fertile grounds for many projects in mobile, stationary and portable applications of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and continues to open up business opportunities for domestic and international suppliers alike. The next Hydrogen Expo US, held with the National Hydrogen Association's (NHA) Annual Hydrogen Conference 2006 in Long Beach, CA is the meeting place for vendors and buyers of this growth market.

Important dates:
- NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference 2006: March 12 to16
- Hydrogen Expo US 2006: March 12 to14

The new legislation provides US$ 6.5 million in funding for state-sponsored hydrogen (H2) demonstration projects. The money will help with the building of three new H2 fueling stations, and will be used to purchase or lease moren than 12 fuel cell vehicles, including two busses. According to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), there are currently 16 hydrogen stations in operation in the State of California, and 18 more are in the planning phase, including sites in Oakland, Emeryville, Burbank, Camp Pendleton, Ontario, San Carlos, Santa Ana, Santa Monica, and others. More than 100 fuel cell vehicles have operated in California through the CaFCP programs, with more to come.

Hydrogen Expo US is organized by Germany-based NHA member Freesen & Partner GmbH and is held with the 17th NHA Annual Hydrogen Conference 2006. For the 2006 event, the organizers expect more than 80 exhibitors and over 1,500 attendees. Organizations already signed up include: Air Products, Ballard, BOC, BMW, Cabot Energy Materials, California Fuel Cell Partnership, Chevron, DaimlerChrysler, EPRI, Honda, Hydrogenics, Linde, Shell Hydrogen, Praxair, Proton Energy Systems, UTC Power, Swagelok, Toyota, and many others.

For more information on Hydrogen Expo US please visit: http://www.hydrogenexpo.com

NHA members benefit from a 10% discount on exhibit space!
To reserve your booth please contact:
- in North America: Bruce Cole or Dave Jackson, tel. 207-236-6196, bc@hydrogenexpo.com
- in Europe & Asia: Ines Freesen, tel. (+49)(0)2802-948484-0, info@hydrogenexpo.com


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