Over 70 congressional staffers, industry representatives, and non-governmental organizations turned out for FCHEA's sixth annual Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Policy Forum, held on May 12 at the United States Capitol Visitor Center. Presentations on the fuel cell and hydrogen energy industry were given by Dr. Sunita Satyapal, Director of DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Office; Robert Wimmer, Director of Toyota Motors North America Energy and Environmental Research Group; Ole Hoefelmann, CEO of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies U.S., Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power; and Paul Wilkins, Federal Government Relations Director of Bloom Energy.
The presentations covered a variety of topics including transportation, material handling, stationary power, hydrogen infrastructure, and the role of government in advancing these transformational technologies. Speakers also urged attendees to support the industry's priorities in regards to the reinstatement of the federal Investment Tax Credit, and a level playing for fuel cell technologies.
FCHEA would like to thank all of today's speakers for their excellent presentations, and extend their gratitude to the Office of Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) for sponsoring the event. Finally, a special thank you to Erin Lane of Cascade Associates for her outstanding assistance and support.