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McCain, Obama and Alternative Energy to Dominate Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC  – Views of John McCain and Barack Obama on fuel cells as alternative energy (source: Fuel Cells 2000) to help mitigate the effects of global warming will capture attention during the 32nd Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition, October 27-30 at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix.

Some 2,000 scientists, researchers, business buyers, manufacturers and interested consumers are expected to attend the annual event. The FCS&E is one of the world’s largest gatherings focusing on current and potential uses of fuel cells such as hydrogen-powered cars, buses, motorcycles, industrial forklifts, emergency equipment, providing power in remote locations and future residential applications.

Valerie Browning, ValTech Solutions, LLC, and 2008 technical program chair says “Energy and the economy dominate the discussion right now. With the election coming only a week after our event, it’s important that our attendees understand and discuss positions of the two major candidates for president on alternative energy including fuel cells.” According to Browning, FCS&E planners anticipate animated discussions in Senator McCain’s home state on his views and those of Senator Obama on wider use of smart fuel cell applications. (source: Fuel Cells 2000).

Open to Buyers, Interested Consumers
Fuel Cells for a Greener World is the conference theme and it includes sessions drawing international participation. The FCS&E will feature technical presentations on worldwide fuel cell development and encourage dialogue among participants on the growing variety of fuel cells currently on the market. Interested consumers can visit the convention, register and gain free admission to the exhibit hall. The Exposition offers three events open to all attendees:

  • “Ride & Drive” where licensed motorists on October 29-30 can take the wheel and test drive the latest examples of environmentally friendly vehicles powered by fuel cells. At Ride & Drive, sponsored in part by the California Fuel Cell Partnership, drivers will be able to see, touch and feel how green energy is being used in transportation applications. Featured vehicles include Daimler F-Cell, Chevy Equinox, Honda Clarity, Toyota FCHV and the Hyundai Tucson. A test drive course will be located outside the convention center. Registered participants also can speak with representatives from car manufacturers to learn more about current uses and the next generation of products.
  • “Demo World” where attendees can get a first-hand look at how fuel cells are being used every day in homes and by businesses. Demonstrations will be provided by participating exhibitors.
  • “Educators Day” on Wednesday, October 29, where Arizona’s elementary and high school teachers along with college and vocational instructors are invited to attend the FSC&E to learn about current and potential fuel cell applications.

“This year’s gathering has an ever-increasing focus on education and outreach to the general public and the fuel cell end user community,” adds Browning. “Talk is being replaced by action and exciting uses. Our educational sessions will show how fuel cells are an environmentally friendly energy source. Exhibit hall demonstrations will focus on how fuel cells are an environmentally responsible solution to meet the worldwide demand for clean energy. The time has never been better for consumers and businesses to invest in and accelerate fuel cell applications worldwide.”


The Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition is the largest technical conference of its kind. The conference attracts over 2,000 attendees annually and offers the largest number of technical papers, the most exhibits and the best coverage of the latest technical advances and research in the field. International participants include technical leaders, scientists, educators, researchers, developers, inventors, students and manufacturers of fuel cell products. Technical sessions focus in four main areas: utility, residential, vehicle and portable. Challenges in costs, fuels, storage, reliability, lifetime and adoptability are also covered. FCS&E attendees, sponsors and exhibitors represent the latest in leading research and development--both domestically and abroad. The 2008 FCS&E is continuing its mission to educate and inform not only conference attendees but also interested consumers on fuel cell-related technical and commercial developments.

For more information, visit the FCS&E website at, contact staff at or phone 202/973-8671.

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