Peter Sauber filled the fairgrounds of the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart with exhibitors one last time. To conclude his long career, the fuel cell pioneer presented, with the customary professionalism, an f-cell as eventful as in the best days, despite pandemic conditions. All of the available exhibition spaces were booked and it would have been even grander if the area were larger, remarked Sauber, showing H2-international the waiting list as proof.
On September 14th and 15th, 60 exhibitors and more than 1,000 motivated visitors once again bustled about at the f-cell symposium, the last one to be organized by Peter Sauber Messen und Kongresse. Also on site were representatives of Landesmesse Stuttgart, the trade fair company that assumed both the event concept and the employees from the Peter Sauber agency in October 2021 (see H2-international Oct. 2021) and was already diligently working on preparation of the events planned for 2022. Roland Bleinroth, the managing director of Messe Stuttgart, explained, “F-cell is, for all who have a secure energy supply, industrial applications in production processes and clean mobility in focus, an indispensible meeting point from which impulses to the entire world propagate.”
This behind-the-scenes change of organizer did not dampen the interest at f-cell in any way. Rather, the industry representatives were glad at the opportunity for live networking and listened with interest to the speakers. For example, they listened to Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, managing director of the national hydrogen and fuel cell organization NOW, state that CO2 emissions in the transport sector need to be halved by 2030 and that energy storage, especially that for nonimmediate use, must take on greater importance. And participants heard Patrick Schmidt from the energy consultant group Ludwig-Bölkow-Systemtechnik shout, “Get the stuff out to generate more acceptance (of the technologies).”
The 21st “f-cell awards” went to Univerzita Karlova Mathematics and Physics Department in Prague and to Faun Umwelttechnik, a garbage collection and street cleaning vehicle manufacturer from Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany. The next f-cell will take place under the designation Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Conference and Trade Fair on October 4th and 5th, 2022, at the Stuttgart fairgrounds.
Author: Sven Geitmann