On 11th-14th October 2015 the 6th World Hydrogen Technologies Convention (WHTC) was held in Sydney, Australia. Over the four days at the Australia Technology Park over 120 presentations were given by speakers on the topics of “Hydrogen Production and Storage”, “Fuel Cells”, “Modelling”, “Distributed Energy”, “Bio-Hydrogen”, “Hydrogen Refuelling Stations” and “Policy and Safety”.
The BHC participated with three speakers and presentations:Norbert Heublein, M.Sc. from the Chair of Thermodynamics of Technische Universität München on the topic of “Chemical Hydrogen Storage in OrganicLiquids Using a System Based on the Concept of Two-Phasic Hydrogenation”, Dipl.-Ing. Christoph Müller Philipps Sohn from the Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics (LTT) of FAU Erlangen on the topic of “Waste Heat Recovery on a Small Hydrogen Combined Heat and Power Generation Unit” and Dipl.-Ing. Moritz Schumacher, also from LTT, on the topic of “Experimental Study on an Engine with Low Pressure Hydrogen Direct Injection”. The concept of hydrogen storage in LOHCs was met with great response especially in contrast to the common high pressure storage systems, and power generation out of hydrogen by internal combustion engine represented a feasible alternative to fuel cells.
One of the highlights of the convention was the commercial launch for the Australian market and unveiling of one of the first commercially available hydrogen cars by the Toyota Motor Corporation.The so called “Mirai” was enthusiastically introduced by Taiyo Kawai and was well received by the audience.Animated discussions unfolded around the car and the following reception offered the possibility to get in contact with the international hydrogen community.