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For Immediate Release: May 26, 2006
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Fuel Cell Experts Explore New Technology for California
"Fuel Cells in California: Opportunities and Barriers" Set for May 31


WHAT:

    Experts in fuel cell technology will meet in Sacramento to share information on the current status and commercialization prospects for fuel cells in California. Speakers at the workshop, Fuel Cells in California: Opportunities and Barriers, will examine the technical hurdles remaining for fuel cell development, financing, marketing, manufacturing requirements, and appropriate roles for state government in fuel cell research. Presentations and panel discussions will address fuel cell use in both transportation and stationary power settings. The workshop is open to the public. The agenda may be viewed at:
    http://www.energy.ca.gov/pier/notices/2006-05-31_staff_workshop.html.


WHEN:

    Wednesday, May 31 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


WHERE:

    California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, Hearing Room A, Sacramento


WHY:

    The Energy Commission has a history of funding fuel cell research, development and demonstration programs. Fuel cell commercialization is of interest to the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative (stationary applications, including hydrogen energy stations) and to the California Fuel Cell Partnership (transportation applications). The results from this workshop will be utilized by the Energy Commission in preparing a Five Year Roadmap that will help guide future funding of fuel cell projects in the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER). The roadmap will identify areas where PIER funding will accelerate the development and commercialization of fuel cells to benefit California ratepayers.


WHO:
PARTICIPANTS include:

    Dr. Mike Binder, President, Mike Binder and Associates

    Dr. Nancy Garland, Technology Development Manager, U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies.

    Dr. Robert Glass, Interjurisdictional Exchange, California Energy Commission

    Stephanie Hamilton, Manager, Distributed Energy Resources, Southern California Edison

    Kevin Harris, Sales Manager, North America, Hydrogenics Corporation

    Ken Koyama, Supervisor, Energy Generation Research Office, California Energy Commission

    Dr. Martha Krebs, Director of Energy Research and Development, California Energy Commission,

    Dr. Robert Remick, Director, Colorado Fuel Cell Center

    Gary Simon, President, Acumentrics Corporation

    Dr. Charles Stone, Vice President for Research and Development, Ballard Power Systems, Inc.

    Marianne Wu, Director, Director of Technology, Mohr Davidow Ventures

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