Issue: Feb 2011


Senate Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Champion: On American Jobs and Clean Technology Leadership



by Jon Knox

Former Senator Byron Dorgan says fuel cells and hydrogen are crucial to any clean energy policy and to reducing American dependence on foreign sources of energy today and in the future.

Sen. Dorgan will speak at the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 Conference in the Washington DC area on Monday, Feb. 14. There, he will outline the first steps in the upcoming battle to ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen energy receive the needed attention and funding to continue bringing these crucial technologies to the full scale commercialization -- and secure their place as integral components of the clean energy future.

On the same day that Secretary Chu is expected to announce the President's 2012 Department of Energy budget, Sen. Dorgan will rejoin the fight for American clean energy leadership and economic growth by speaking to the critical importance of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies in transforming the energy network.

Sen. Dorgan has long been a champion for fuel cells and hydrogen energy, and in 2009, he was instrumental in defending the successful Fuel Cell Technology Program at the Department of Energy from massive and ill-considered cuts.

Sen. Dorgan will give the luncheon keynote, beginning at 12:45 p.m.

Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy 2011 will be held from Feb. 13-16 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.fuelcellandhydrogenenergy.org

About the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) is the world's premier advocacy organization dedicated to the commercialization of fuel cells and hydrogen energy technologies. FCHEA and its membership are at the forefront of efforts to transform the energy network, fundamentally altering the way energy is generated and used. Fuel cells and hydrogen technologies are being commercially deployed today to solve critical problems in our energy infrastructure and deliver clean, reliable power to leading edge corporate, academic and public sector users. FCHEA's membership represents the full spectrum of the supply chain from universities, government laboratories and agencies, trade associations, fuel cell materials, components and systems manufacturers, hydrogen producers and fuel distributors, utilities and other end users.


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