April 2006

SC Delegation Promoting Hydrogen Efforts in Germany
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April 25, 2006
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SC Delegation Promoting Hydrogen Efforts in Germany

Group Promotes SC's Strength in Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Research

Munich, Germany -- While South Carolina is hosting the Fuel South Conference in Columbia this week, a South Carolina Commerce Department delegation is attending along with thousands of international guests the world's premiere Hydrogen and Fuel Cell event in Hannover, Germany.  This event is being staged in conjunction with the largest industrial automation fair in the world, Hannover Messe 2006.

This is the 12th annual Hydrogen + Fuel Cell event at Hannover and attracts the world's leading industries and organizations who are participating in the new hydrogen economy. The Group Exhibit Hydrogen + Fuel Cells in Energy Hall 13 at the HANNOVER FAIR 2006 offers a unique opportunity to touch and test many new products and to enter into dialogue with 125 exhibitors, Forum participants and Hydrogen Ambassadors from 32 countries.

HANNOVER MESSE is the ideal place to obtain the latest industrial know-how. Established almost 60 years ago, the Hannover Fair today ranks as the leading international showplace for industrial technologies, materials and product ideas. More than 5,000 exhibitors from over 60 countries take part at HANNOVER MESSE 2006 on a display area of almost 500,000 square feet.

"As we cultivate and seek to grow the hydrogen and fuel cell economy in South Carolina, we need to reach out to the world and communicate the great things going on back home,” said Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor. “By attending events like this, we are planting the seeds for further growth and are trying to put South Carolina on the global radar screen when hydrogen and fuel cell related companies consider new places to make investments and carry out research."

Coordinated through Commerce's European office in Munich, Germany, the South Carolina delegation includes representatives from the South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance, SC Center for Hydrogen Research, and the Savannah River National Laboratory. The University of South Carolina's National Science Foundation/Fuel Cell Center is also in attendance exhibiting for the first time at the event.

"South Carolina can be, and perhaps already is, a major player in the international fuel cell and hydrogen economy. The Hannover exhibition brings together companies from around the world," said Fred Humes, Chairman of the South Carolina Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance. “Our goal at the exhibition is not only to increase awareness about South Carolina’s activities in this area, but to become more aware of what the rest of the world is doing and to see what partnerships might be possible. Attendance at the show has convinced me that our state’s capabilities and expertise is world-class and we can make a real contribution to the global hydrogen economy.”

In addition to several pre-scheduled meetings with company executives at the conference, the state delegation will also participate in the Conference Forum Program where exhibitors and invited industry leaders share their vision, mission or introduce their latest achievements through an interview-style format facilitated by a skilled moderator. Among firms sharing their story are Delphi, Siemens, Hydro, Honda, Hydrogenics, IdaTech, Plug Power & Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy.

To learn more about theses events please visit the following Web sites:

Hannover Messe  
Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Conference

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