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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

Houston could have ranked higher on a global report of top cities in the world if it had a bit more business diversification. Photo via Getty Images

A new analysis positions the Energy Capital of the World as an economic dynamo, albeit a flawed one.

The recently released Oxford Economics Global Cities Index, which assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the world’s 1,000 largest cities, puts Houston at No. 25.

Houston ranks well for economics (No. 15) and human capital (No. 18), but ranks poorly for governance (No. 184), environment (No. 271), and quality of life (No. 298).

New York City appears at No. 1 on the index, followed by London; San Jose, California; Tokyo; and Paris. Dallas lands at No. 18 and Austin at No. 39.

In its Global Cities Index report, Oxford Economics says Houston’s status as “an international and vertically integrated hub for the oil and gas sector makes it an economic powerhouse. Most aspects of the industry — downstream, midstream, and upstream — are managed from here, including the major fuel refining and petrochemicals sectors.”

“And although the city has notable aerospace and logistics sectors and has diversified into other areas such as biomedical research and tech, its fortunes remain very much tied to oil and gas,” the report adds. “As such, its economic stability and growth lag other leading cities in the index.”

The report points out that Houston ranks highly in the human capital category thanks to the large number of corporate headquarters in the region. The Houston area is home to the headquarters of 26 Fortune 500 companies, including ExxonMobil, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and Sysco.

Another contributor to Houston’s human capital ranking, the report says, is the presence of Rice University, the University of Houston and the Texas Medical Center.

“Despite this,” says the report, “it lacks the number of world-leading universities that other cities have, and only performs moderately in terms of the educational attainment of its residents.”

Slower-than-expected population growth and an aging population weaken Houston’s human capital score, the report says.

Meanwhile, Houston’s score for quality is life is hurt by a high level of income inequality, along with a low life expectancy compared with nearly half the 1,000 cities on the list, says the report.

Also in the quality-of-life bucket, the report underscores the region’s variety of arts, cultural, and recreational activities. But that’s offset by urban sprawl, traffic congestion, an underdeveloped public transportation system, decreased air quality, and high carbon emissions.

Furthermore, the report downgrades Houston’s environmental stature due to the risks of hurricanes and flooding.

“Undoubtedly, Houston is a leading business [center] that plays a key role in supporting the U.S. economy,” says the report, “but given its shortcomings in other categories, it will need to follow the path of some of its more well-rounded peers in order to move up in the rankings.”

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This article originally ran on InnovationMap.

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