|Dorgan sponsors Hydrogen Action Summit at EERC|
The Energy & Environmental Research Center has announced that the second in a series of action summits focused on the hydrogen economy will take place at the EERC Thursday, Sept. 4. Advancing the Hydrogen Economy Action Summit II is organized and sponsored by U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, through the Red River Valley Research Corridor, and the EERC.
The one-day action summit will begin at 8:30 a.m. and explore the strategic commercialization and research activities surrounding hydrogen use from fossil fuels, hydrogen use from renewable sources, and the infrastructure and utilization issues facing the advancement of a hydrogen economy.
"The Hydrogen Economy Action Summit will bring national energy experts to North Dakota for further discussion on how we can increase using hydrogen to fuel our country's energy needs," Sen. Dorgan said. "There are huge advances being made in hydrogen research and development right here in North Dakota that I've helped to jump-start. It's just one component of my Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative aimed at bringing high-tech research and good-paying jobs to North Dakota."
"Hydrogen is ready for deployment and is one of the answers to achieving energy security in the United States," said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. "This summit will set a course for hydrogen production and distribution technologies for North Dakota and the overall nation."
The summit will include several panel discussions featuring key presenters from Shell Hydrogen; Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Inc.; the EERC; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); American Honda Motor Company, Inc.; and Air Products and Chemicals, to name a few. Keynote speakers include Sen. Dorgan; Carl Bauer, director of DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory; and Keith Cole, director of Advanced Technology, Vehicle Strategies, and Legislative Affairs, General Motors (GM) Corporation.
As part of the summit, several GM fuel cell vehicles will be on display. The Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicles are powered by GM's fourth-generation hydrogen fuel cell system, use no petroleum, and release zero greenhouse gases. Chevrolet has launched a market test fleet of 100 of the vehicles in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. Summit participants will have an opportunity to ride in and drive the vehicles. Several more hydrogen vehicles are expected from various other entities from around the country as well.
The registration fee is $225 a person and is limited to 200 people. Registration includes a continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch, and all workshop materials. Register by visiting www.undeerc.org/H2Summit or call (701) 777-5246.
The next day, Sept. 5, the EERC will dedicate its new $3.5 million National Center for Hydrogen Technology facility at 9:30 a.m. The facility was designed to significantly enhance the strategic research, development, testing, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for the EERC and its commercial partners. The building dedication is open to the general public.