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hy-fcell International Expo and Conference, 17.-19. June 2024, Vancouver

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The commercial use of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies is developing rapidly, and there is currently enormous growth potential for renewable hydrogen in Canada. Messe Stuttgart has chosen Vancouver as location for its Hy-fcell trade show, the leading centre for hydrogen fuel cell technology on the west coast. Here, energy is already predominantly generated from hydropower, ideal for the production of green hydrogen.

The focus of the trade show was the production of fuel cells and their components, plant and vehicle construction, infrastructure development, research and development. During the technical tours, participants had the opportunity to visit various companies and find out about research projects at the universities UBC and SFU. Participants were able to participate in open discussions and meet experts from leading organizations and policy makers in the wide-ranging conference program. Local and global topics were discussed, including hydrogen distribution, advances in electrolysers, international business expansion and the industry's newest start-ups. The international exhibition was an ideal platform to exchange contact details and establish new business relationships. But challenges such as the creation of international standards, codes or regulations, which are urgently needed in order to be able to operate worldwide, were also addressed; as well as ensuring the hydrogen production-infrastructure-customer chain and its economic viability.

The German Pavilion “Made in Germany” was a platform to promote contacts with leading companies in the hydrogen industry and offered insights into Germany as a business location. The forum is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action and the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry. As last year, around 50 exhibitors from the entire hydrogen and fuel cell industry presented themselves with a focus on the latest industry innovations. Lectures, short seminars and panel discussions on various topics were offered on the Expo stage on both days of the event.

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