This year’s f-cell attracts over 1.000 participants – Awards for research and innovation go to Prague and Osterholz-Scharmbeck
For the 21st time, international representatives of the hydrogen and fuel cell industry have come together in Stuttgart. The motto for this year’s f-cell is “Energizing Hydrogen Business”. After last year's hybrid event, participants at this year’s event once again met in person. It became clear that the industry’s demand for direct exchange is high and cannot be replaced by digital formats. f-cell awards went to Charles University in Prague and FAUN Umwelttechnik from Osterholz-Scharmbeck.
The industry is growing, investments are increasing and areas of application for hydrogen are expanding. At f-cell on September 14 and 15, 2021, more than 1.000 experts from all over the world came together in the Haus der Wirtschaft to exchange ideas about the technology of the future. "Hydrogen and fuel cell technology are no longer a niche topic," says Klaus Dollhopf (Director Sales Europe) from Eberspächer Vairex. “With the acquisition of the US company Vairex, we as the Eberspächer Group want to play a key role in shaping the industry's growth path towards CO2-neutral mobility. At the f-cell we had an excellent opportunity to present ourselves to a broader specialist audience for the first time in the new set-up and to hold discussions at a high professional level." Dr. Matthias Jurytko, CEO and Managing Director at cellcentric, the 50:50 fuel cell joint venture between Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group, says: “At f-cell, various technologies and areas of application from the industry come together in one place. We can all learn and benefit from each other through the discussions and cross-talks."
Peter Sauber, who launched the trade event in 2001, also remains convinced by hydrogen and fuel cell technology: "The industry has expanded greatly in recent years, and development only knows one direction. It makes me proud that my team and I have established f-cell as a successful international event." Beginning in 2022, Peter Sauber will step back as organizer of f-cell. In the future, the event will be organized and run by Messe Stuttgart.
f-cell award promotes innovation and recognizes outstanding developments
This year, the f-cell award ceremony once again took place on the first evening of the event. This award honors innovations and products that help shape and promote the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University Prague received the award in the category "Research & Development." The title of the submission is "Structural modification of Proton Exchange Membrane: Toward stable, low-iridium loading water electrolyzer." The award in the "Products & Markets" category went to FAUN Umwelttechnik GmbH & Co. KG from Osterholz-Scharmbeck with the project "BLUEPOWER – hydrogen fuel cell drive trains for a climate-neutral goods and cargo transport." The awards were presented by Dr. Ulrich Maurer, head of the Energy Industry department at the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg. The ministry and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Agency have supported the f-cell award for many years.
Founded in 2001, f-cell is one of the oldest international trade events for the hydrogen and fuel cell industry, as well as one of the most important in the world. It provides a comprehensive overview of relevant international markets and technological advances. Here, visitors make contacts and meet decision-makers. The interactive format offers an ideal platform for experts and newcomers to establish, discuss and build sustainable business relationships. The f-cell award honors innovative hydrogen and fuel cell projects and technologies and is supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector Baden-Württemberg and the Stuttgart Region Economic Development Agency. f-cell consists of a conference, interactive workshops, an evening event with award ceremony and an international trade fair. It will be held in Stuttgart on October 4 and 5, 2022.