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Can’t-miss Houston energy event: Hydrogen Technology Expo

The must-attend exhibitor hall and conference creates the perfect place to make new industry connections and grow existing relationships. Photo courtesy of hydrogen-expo.com.

NRG Center opens its doors June 28 to 29 to North America’s leading event focused primarily on hydrogen.

The packed agenda for the H2 Hydrogen Technology Expo features two days of engaging presentations aimed at establishing hydrogen as the primary option for aircraft, shipping, heavy- and light-duty commercial vehicles, space and UAV technology, and mobile and stationary applications at remote locations. Over 100 expert speakers will examine solutions addressing hydrogen’s technical and economic challenges.

Four distinct discussion tracks emphasizing technical and R&D solutions proposed to develop and overcome some of the main barriers to hydrogen and fuel cell adoption will run simultaneously, with common break times allowing for plenty of networking.

  • Track 1: clean hydrogen production, storage, and infrastructure development
  • Track 2: fuel cell technology
  • Track 3: low-carbon fuels and propulsion
  • Track 4: carbon capture, utilization, storage, and blue hydrogen

The conference showcase explores advanced design, testing, development, manufacturing solutions, and materials for hydrogen fuel cells. Additionally, attendees will discover new technology intended to advance efforts for low-carbon hydrogen production, and efficient storage, transport, and infrastructure.

Full-conference pass holders may also access the Carbon Capture Technology Expo, recently combined into the H2 Hydrogen Technology Conference as Track 4 but featuring a unique exhibition space focused on decarbonizing heavy industry.

Registration is available at hydrogen-expo.com, where the main exhibition hall is free to attend.

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A View From HETI

A View From UH

Calling all students and faculty interested in energy tech. Photo via Getty Images

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship will host the regional qualifier for a Department of Energy-backed student competition, and the application deadline to participate is coming up.

The DOE's EnergyTech University Prize, or EnergyTech UP, a virtual regional qualifier hosted by the Rice Alliance will take place in February, and applications for students and faculty are now open. A $400,000 collegiate competition, the program challenges student teams to develop a business plan based off of National Laboratory-developed or other emerging energy technology.

"Understanding that energy is often inherently local, competitor teams first present at their designated regional events in February, where regional finalists are identified," reads an email from Rice. "Finalists are provided exclusive mentorship to help students refine their ideas throughout February and March."

If selected as a finalist, the student teams will pitch at Zpryme’s 2024 Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas on April 15, 2024.

The application deadline is February first for students. To qualify, the student teams must:

  • Be comprised of university or college students
  • Have at least two students on the team (can be undergraduate students, graduate students, or a mix)
  • Create a business plan based on a national lab technology or technology from their university

This year there's a new track for faculty that has a prize of $100,000 on the line. Faculty have until January 5 to apply.

The DOE is hosting an informative webinar on December 5 for those interested in learning more.

The 2023 competition had one winning Houston-based team from Prairie View A&M University and University of Houston. The team, entitled "Revolutionizing Hydrogen with Ceramic Membranes" won the National Lab Technology IP Licensing Bonus Prize.

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