Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition
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Abstract Topic Areas

Call for Abstracts

Make your voice heard at the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition!  Call for Abstracts is now open.

The Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition is proud to announce its 2017 Call for Abstracts. 

With exciting research, progress, and growing commercial deployment and success around the world, we have created a broad topic list, with some overlap, to make it easy to find a fit for your area of expertise.

We encourage those with innovative perspectives, cutting-edge R&D, and real world experience to submit abstracts for consideration for the Seminar’s oral presentations and poster sessions.  The goal is to create an informative, dynamic and “electrifying” conference that truly showcases the fuel cell and hydrogen industry’s vast reach into different market sectors today and the tremendous potential of what’s to come.

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) will publish an issue of its ECS Transactions (ECST) of full conference papers from the 2017 Fuel Cell Seminar for interested presenters. 

Abstract submissions are due by May 27, 2017. 

Please see the Submission Guidelines here for details on how to submit your paper.

2017 Call for Abstracts Topic Areas:

Deployment Progress

  • Case Studies
  • Permitting
  • Incentives for Producers and Consumers
  • Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities
  • Education Issues and Opportunities
  • Balance of Plant Issues and Opportunities

Research Progress

  • Fuel Cells (all types)
  • Storage and Delivery
  • On-Board and Portable Storage
  • Production Methods
  • Advanced R&D
  • Analysis

Markets/Market Analysis

  • Hydrogen Production, Storage and Delivery
  • Fuel Cells
  • Transportation
  • Infrastructure/Fuel Options
  • Material handling and logistics
  • Portable and Micro Fuel Cells
  • Cost/benefit and policy
  • Employment
  • Other

Safety, Codes and Standards

  • Model Codes (I-Codes, NFPA)
  • National Standards and Best Practices
  • State and Regional Implementation
  • International Standards and Activities
  • Research supporting codes and standards
  • Education and Training
  • Safety systems, including testing and design challenges
  • Hydrogen quality specification
  • Global harmonization
  • Case studies and lessons learned in permitting and installations
  • Other

Finance and Commercialization

  • Business plans, startup and growth
  • Pitching to investors
  • Lessons learned
  • Venture Capitalists, equity, PPAs, other forms of capital and financing
  • Transitioning from an R&D focus to commercialization
  • Barriers to commercialization
  • Advantages and disadvantages of growth
  • Manufacturing and supply chain
  • Working with National Laboratories
  • Business expansion, cross-border relationships
  • Opening new markets

Governments as Adopters

  • International Programs and Plans
  • State and Regional Programs and Plans
  • Military
  • Transit Authorities
  • Other


  • International (multinational) initiatives
  • U.S. national initiatives including tax incentives and funding opportunities
  • National initiatives from around the world
  • State/province/prefecture initiatives
  • Other

Opportunities for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen

  • VW Settlement overview
  • VW Environmental Mitigation Trust (EMT) – eligible projects, state allocations
  • VW ZEV Investment Fund
  • Energy Storage
  • Fleet vehicles
  • Airports and ports
  • Other

Communication, Education and Outreach

  • Novel outreach techniques to new markets/customers
  • Web and social media tools
  • Media – rapid response and proactive outreach
  • Educating code, elected officials and staff members
  • Universities and beyond

Technology Progress

  • Hydrogen Production
  • Stationary Applications
  • Transportation Applications
  • Material Handling
  • Specialty Vehicle Applications
  • Portable Applications
  • Hydrogen Infrastructure
  • Electrolysis
  • Reformation
  • Storage
  • Testing and Design
  • Other

    Fuel Cell Advances

    • Membranes and MEAs
    • Catalysts
    • Cost reduction
    • Durability improvement
    • Manufacturing
    • Water management
    • Operation under extreme temperatures
    • Other


    • Light-duty transportation
    • Medium-duty transportation
    • Heavy-duty transportation
    • Material handling
    • Off-road and specialty (range extenders)
    • Rail
    • Marine
    • Aircraft
    • Unmanned vehicles
    • Other

    Infrastructure deployment

    • Coordinated vehicle and station deployment
    • Novel station siting solutions
    • Regional plans
    • Experience:  Lessons learned

    Stationary Power Applications

    • Utility-scale
    • Distributed power
    • MicroCHP/co-generation
    • Residential
    • Off-grid/remote power
    • UPS and backup power
    • Energy Storage
    • Micro grids

    Hydrogen Production

    • Renewables including biomass
    • Waste-to-Gas
    • Natural gas, coal
    • Reforming technologies
    • Electrolysis technologies
    • Carbon sequestration
    • Nuclear
    • Photobiological
    • Photoelectrochemical
    • Power-to-Gas
    • Novel production methods


    • Hydrogen
    • Natural Gas
    • Biogas
    • Methanol
    • Ammonia
    • Ethanol
    • Syngas
    • Borohydrides
    • Other

    Portable and Micro Fuel Cell Applications

    • APUs
    • Electronics
    • Recreational applications
    • Interchangeability
    • Regulatory
    • Other

    Supply Chain and Balance of Plant

    • Catalysts
    • Membranes
    • Testing, system design and engineering
    • Manufacturing
    • Value chain
    • Other