The 17th World Hydrogen Energy Conference was held Brisbane, Australia, from June 15 to 19, 2008. At the same time, filming for a documentary, tracking the progress of the TRYBRID project, commenced, with 5 hours of footage shot , collating the most up to date expression of expert opinion, from the world’s leaders in hydrogen, selected from 600 delegates from over 40 countries, All were gathered to discuss the hydrogen agenda in the context of the sudden 2008 world oil price spike, and against the backdrop of the international shift in acceptance around the climate change agenda of 2007.
Ina few weeks, the TRYBRID will upload several hours of opinions from a range of experts as below, along with political views from environment ministers , state secretaries, and acting premiers, and many more.
The clear message from all interviewed, was the need for demonstration and educational projects like TRYBRID and the SEES schools programs, to bring the community along with the political and environmental imperatives we all face, as fossil fuels spell financial and environmental trouble.
Leading scientists, international hydrogen association leaders, together with hydrogen industry CEO and chairmen all weighed in with view, not only about TRYBRID, but also the broad hydrogen and new energy agendas.
Here is a sample of those who will be appearing in video on this site soon, and in the longer term documentary film, (with permission please from the WHEC web site).
Dr Klaus Bonhoff
Managing Director, NOW National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies
Dr.-Ing. Klaus Bonhoff, born in 1968, studied Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen, Germany and ENSTA, Paris, France. He finalized his PhD in energy process engineering at the Research Center Jülich, Germany in 1998. He then started his professional career as assistant to the Board of Directors at the Reserch Center Jülich in the field of energy and materials research and became then head of Fuel Cell Project at Research Centre Jülich. In 2001 he joined Ballard Power Systems GmbH as Manager for business development Europe. In 2003 he started working for DaimlerChrysler AG where he held various positions within DaimlerChrysler’s fuel cell activities including responsibilities for strategy, communications, global demonstration projects, political programs and market development. In 2007 he received a contract with the German National Government to coordinate the German National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies (NIP). Since February 2008 he is managing director (chair) of NOW GmbH National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology, which was established to run the NIP as a public-private-partnership.
Dr Ulrich Buenger
Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Bünger Studied mechanical engineering, energy and chemical engineering at the University of Hannover, Purdue University/West Lafayette/Indiana USA and Georgia Institute of Technology / Atlanta USA. He spent 5 years as systems analyst and in customer service for 2 software companies in Stuttgart and Munich. He spent 15 years as senior consultant for Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik in Ottobrunn in the field of sustainable energy- and fuel supply concepts with a focus on hydrogen, natural gas and fuel cells for transport and stationary end-use. Since 2002 he has been co-ordinator of the European Thematic Network on Hydrogen Energy (HyNet), initiator, WP-co-ordinator of the European Hydrogen Roadmap Project (HyWays) and coordinator of the European H2&FC demo-project planning activity HyLights, and has participated in various hydrogen strategy bodies and roadmap projects such as the transport group of the Implementation Panel (2006), NorWays (2007) and GermanHy (2007). In 2003 Dr Bunger was Assistant Professor for “hydrogen energy systems for distribution, storage and end-use” at the Technical University of Norway (NTNU) in Trondheim, and since 2004 he has been a partner of Ludwig-Bölkow Systemtechnik/Ottobrunn.
Dr Barry Jones
Hon. Dr. Barry Jones, AO, FAA, FAHA, FTSE, FASSA, FRSA, FRSV, FACE, FAIM is a writer, broadcaster and former Labor Minister.
A Member of the House of Representatives for the Victorian Electorate of Lalor 1977-98, in the first three Hawke Governments he became Australia’s longest serving Science Minister 1983-90. He was a Victorian State MP 1972-77. He served as National President of the Australian Labor Party 1992-2000 and 2005-06.
In 1985 he became the only Australian Minister invited to address a Summit meeting of the ‘Group of Seven’ northern industrial powers, in Ottawa. In 1987 he chaired OECD’s review of the Yugoslavian economy.
He is the only person to have been elected as a Fellow of all four Australian learned Academies: Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) in 1992, the Humanities (FAHA) in 1993, Science (FAA) in 1996, and Social Sciences (FASSA) in 2003.
In June 1990 he took part in an international think tank invited to investigate ‘perestroika’ in the USSR and make recommendations to Mikhail Gorbachev.
He served on the Executive Board of UNESCO in Paris 1991-95, as Vice President of the World Heritage Committee 1995-96 and a consultant to OECD.
In 1999 he was appointed an Adjunct Professor at Monash University and elected as a Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge. He became Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority PAHSMA) in 2000, a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne 2005-07 and a Professorial Fellow from 2007.
Dr David Hart
Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London
David Hart has consulted and carried out research on fuel cell and hydrogen issues for a wide range of organisations worldwide, including national governments, major industrial companies, financial organisations and NGOs. In addition to his work as a Director of E4tech, he is also Head of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research at Imperial College London’s Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT), and sits on the Steering Committee of the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium, one of the leading global fora for fuel cell experts.
David is recognised as one of the leading experts in hydrogen energy technology and infrastructure, and the associated policy and environmental issues; and in fuel cells used for transport, portable and stationary decentralised power generation. He has led over a dozen fuel cell and hydrogen assessments for due diligence work, in addition to strategic analyses and a wide variety of reports and papers, and has been an invited keynote speaker on fuel cell and hydrogen issues on five continents. David holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering with German from the University of Bath and in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, and his PhD at Imperial College was in Hydrogen Energy Systems. He has worked in Germany and Japan as a control systems engineer, and speaks English, German, Japanese and French.
Mr Bob Rose
Robert Rose founded and manages the U.S. Fuel Cell Council, the business association of the industry, and the Breakthrough Technologies Institute, which manages the internationally known Fuel Cells 2000 program.
Rose has served as a US Senate aide, advised state and regional governments, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, and supported adoption of environmentally beneficial technologies and policies.
Rose wrote Fuel Cells and Hydrogen: The Path Forward, a comprehensive public-private partnership for fuel cells and hydrogen. He has many other writing and speaking credits and is a frequent news source. Rose received the prestigious Fuel Cell Seminar Award in 2004.
Mr Gregory Solomon
Executive Chairman, Eden Energy Ltd
Mr. Solomon is Executive Chairman of Eden Energy Ltd. and Tasman Resources NL. His primary responsibilities within the group relate to corporate, legal and commercial matters as well as the marketing of Hythane® in the Asian Pacific region. He has had more than 20 years experience as a director of technology and resource companies in Australia and has been involved in establishing a wide range of projects and joint ventures in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Australia. Additionally, over the past 20 years he has been a director of seven companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and has wide experience in all aspects of corporate & commercial law, compliance, management, fundraising and finance. He is a founding director of Hythane Company LLC and Eden Innovations Ltd. Mr. Solomon is based in Perth, Western Australia, and holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Western Australia.
Eden Energy Ltd is a fully integrated global hydrogen company, specializing in hydrogen production, storage & transport fuel systems, including the near-zero emission Hythane (a hydrogen-methane fuel blend). Eden was just chosen to supply and install the first public hydrogen dispensing station in India to supply fuel to motor vehicles running on either hydrogen or Hythane®.
Dr John Wright
Dr John Wright is the Director of the CSIRO Flagship Program, “Energy Transformed”. This is one of six CSIRO Flagship Programs aimed at focusing R&D on issues of national importance in key areas of the Australian economy and environment. Previously, Dr Wright was Chief of CSIRO Energy Technology, a position he held from 1994 to April 2002. In this role, Dr Wright was also the coordinator of the CSIRO Energy Sector, responsible for the strategic development of all CSIRO’s energy portfolio and activities.