Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen in einem zukünftigen nachhaltigen Energiesystem


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Datum: 31.03. – 01.04.2004
Ort: Wien (A), Steiermark
Adresse: WKO – Chamber of Commerce Austria, Wien (A)
In the last few years the research topics „hydrogen“ and „fuel cells“ achieved major importance in the R&D priorities and R&D policies of leading world economies (U.S.A., Japan, EC) and leading international NGOs (like the IEA – International Energy Agency).

In the present discussion high expectations and perspectives are expressed that hydrogen and fuel cells will contribute significantly to the goals of energy policy such as: (i) security of supply, (ii) economics and (iii) sustainability. The following activities support this trend:

i. The formation of a „Hydrogen Coordination Group“ by the International Energy Agency (IEA) since June 2003,
ii. the constitution of the „International Partnership for Hydrogen Economy (IPHE)“ initiated by the United States (since November 2003),
iii. the establishment of the „European Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Platform“ by the European Commission (most likely in January 2004),
iv. bilateral RTD (Research and Technology Developement) agreements between the U.S.A. and the EC, and
v. increased RTD budgets for world-wide RTD programs (e.g. the U.S. intends to spend up to 300 Mio USD in 2004).

These strong positions caused the E.V.A., the Austrian Energy Agency in co-operation with BMVIT (the Federal Ministry for Transportation, Innovation and Technology), PROFACTOR and CD-Laboratory for Fuel Cells to organise this international workshop initiating a discussion process in Austria in order: (i) to break down and to transfer latest European Commission (EC) and international priorities to relevant stakeholders and (ii) to achieve a common understanding in Austria for future positions and activities among the different industrial companies, public authorities (incl. NGOs) and scientific bodies. The contents of the two days workshop emphasises on the following key aspects:

i. International and EC policies and initiatives,
ii. hydrogen based energy systems (incl. „life-cycle“ assessments),
iii. innovation strategies and hydrogen applications based on renewable energy sources,
iv. activities of the IEA such as the „Implementing Agreements on Advanced Fuel Cells and Hydrogen“ and
v. state-of-the-art of biogas fuel cell systems.


Tanya Poli-Narendja
E.V.A., the Austrian Energy Agency
Otto-Bauer-Gasse 6
A – 1060 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1/5861524-13
Mobil: +43 664/8107863
Fax: +43 1/5861524-40

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