FuelCellSouth 2008 News


GREENVILLE, S.C. – January 30, 2008 – FuelCellSouth announced today its 5th annual Southeastern Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Conference, which will be held April 28 – 30, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. The theme for this year's conference is: "Fuel Cell Markets: Here and Now."

"Fuel cells, like any emerging high-tech product designed to displace current products, must prove themselves to be so compelling as to warrant changing the way we do things today," said Tom Militello, Executive Director for FuelCellSouth. "Over the last several years FuelCellSouth has worked with industry, researchers, entrepreneurs and government officials to facilitate awareness of the opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cell applications in the southeastern United States. "We are educating our regional stakeholders where fuel cells make sense today and sharing with them what will be possible, in the not too distant future, to power their businesses, homes, vehicles, and electronic devices," added Militello.

FuelCellSouth 2008 kicks off on Monday, April 28, with a pre-conference tutorial on hydrogen and fuel cell codes and standards. Architects, engineers, safety personnel and inspectors will find this to be the first of a kind seminar offered in the southeastern United States. "As more projects get underway in the South, it is important to highlight best practices for the installation and operation," said Sam Logan, President LoganEnergy, Inc. The tutorial will explore work underway to develop national standards for hydrogen and fuel cell applications and discuss practical approaches for product installation and safety compliance.

On Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, FuelCellSouth conference attendees will have an opportunity to meet with fuel cell and hydrogen technology industry representatives to learn about the application of fuel cells in manufacturing operations, distribution centers, commercial data centers, telecommunications networks, and portable power applications for construction and emergency response personnel. "The industry presentation format showcases many commercial and municipal applications of fuel cells and helps foster collaboration at the local and regional levels," said Dr. John Van Zee, Director of the National Science Foundation Industry / University Collaborative Research Center for Fuel Cells at University of South Carolina.

Also, on Tuesday, April 29, and Wednesday, April 30, FuelCellSouth will host its Spring Partners Forum. The FuelCellSouth Partners Forum provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs, researchers, industry and government officials to network and learn about breakthroughs in new materials and component technologies as well as opportunities to work together on funding hydrogen and fuel cell projects at the federal, state and local levels.

Early bird registration for FuelCellSouth 2008 opens on February 1, 2008, and is open to the public. For more information visit www.fuelcellsouth.com.

About FuelCellSouth - FuelCellSouth is a 501(c)(6) industry association whose core mission is to foster awareness and create market opportunities for fuel cells in the southeastern United States. Founded in 2003 as an annual conference for fuel cell industry pundits, FuelCellSouth today provides the market education platform and technical support environment for researchers, industry, entrepreneurs and government officials to reach the marketplace with their research, technologies, products and services.

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