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The agenda will be updated as it develops.
Sunday, September 24 - Pre-Summit Social Gathering
6:45 PM Social Hour with Summit Attendees
  • Restaurant "Cafeteria 15L" - 1116 15th St
Monday, September 25 (Morning) - CHBC Member Meetings
8:00 AM Member Meetings Check-in - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:30 AM Hydrogen Energy Storage and Renewable Hydrogen SAG
Coastal Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
9:30 AM Public Transport SAG
Coastal Hearing Room, 2nd Floor
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM

Heavy Duty Transportation, Goods Movement and Ports SAG
Coastal Hearing Room, 2nd Floor

12:00 PM Member Meetings Adjourn
Monday, September 25 - Summit
11:00 AM Registration Opens - Main Lobby, CalEPA
12:30 PM Opening: Summit Expectations & Overview of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in California & Vision of the Future - Byron Scher Auditorium (2nd Floor)
  • Jeffrey Serfass, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council
12:45 PM Keynote - Industry
  • Jim Burrell, Assistant Vice President, Advanced Powertrain Group, American Honda Motor Co., Inc
1:05 PM Keynote – Government
  • Senator Nancy Skinner, Representing the 9th Senate District, California
1:30 PM Panel – Overview of State Regulation and Legislation

Moderator: Diane Moss, Owner, dima Communications; Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Graham Noyes, Managing Attorney, Noyes Law Corporation
  • Lorraine Paskett, Commissioner, California High-Speed Rail Authority; Owner, Cambridge LCF
  • David Reichmuth, Senior Engineer - Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Gia Brazil Vacin, Environmental Strategy & Facilitation, California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development
2:30 PM Feature: Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap Publication
  • Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now
2:55 PM Feature: Progress of Stationary Fuel Cell Developments in California
  • Katrina M. Fritz, Executive Director, California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative

3:20 PM Networking Break
4:00 PM Keynote - California Agency Perspectives
  • Edie Chang, Deputy Executive Officer, California Air Resources Board
4:25 PM Industry Perspective on Hydrogen’s Role in Decarbonization of the Electrical and Gas Grid

Moderator: Stephen Jones, Managing Director, ITM Power

  • Wolfgang Beez, CEO, Hitachi Zosen Inova ETOGAS GmbH
  • David Bow, Senior Vice President Sales, Service and Marketing, ‎Proton OnSite
  • Mallik Angakuladati, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Jeff Reed, Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technology, Southern California Gas Company
5:55 PM Student Engagement: Power-to-Gas 2017 Hydrogen Student Design Contest
  • Emanuel Wagner, Vice President, Hydrogen Education Foundation
6:00 PM Special: Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Transit Sector
  • David Warren, Director of Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer Industries
6:30 - 8:30 PM Renewable Hydrogen Reception
  • Restaurant "Esquire Grill", 1213 K St.
Tuesday, September 26 - Summit
7:30 AM Registration Opens - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:45 AM Summit Begins - Outlook for Day 2 and CHBC Report - Byron Scher Auditorium (2nd Floor)
  • Jeffrey Serfass, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council
9:10 AM Keynote: Industry
  • Rob Campbell, Chief Commercial Officer, Ballard Power Systems
9:40 AM Keynote - Formation of the Hydrogen Council
  • Robert Fourie, Vice President Strategic Partnerships, Hydrogen Energy, Air Liquide
10:10 AM  What's Happening with Vehicles?
  • Steve Ellis, Manager - Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, American Honda Motor Company
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Panel – Meeting the Needs of Hydrogen Infrastructure

Moderator: Elan Bond, Project Manager North America, Nel Hydrogen

  • Dr. Andrew Martinez, Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board – AB 8 Report
  • Tim Brown, Chief Operations Officer and Principal, First Element Fuel - Progress on the Infrastructure Rollout
  • Jean Baronas, Hydrogen Unit Supervisor, California Energy Commission – Hydrogen Programs
  • Bill Elrick, Executive Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership - Beyond 100 stations / getting to 500 stations
  • Dr. Marc Melaina, Senior Engineer, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
12:30 PM Lunch Break & Displays
1:30 PM Lightning Round - What's happening outside of California?

Moderator: Cory Shumaker, Project Coordinator, California Hydrogen Business Council

  • Pat Valente, Executive Director, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition - Update on Ohio
  • Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association - How's Canada?
  • Morry Markowitz, President, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy - U.S. Perspective
2:30 PM Discussion Roundtable – Environmental Benefits of Hydrogen - Meeting California's Climate Goals

Moderator: Bud Beebe, Senior Advisor, California Hydrogen Business Council

  • Dr. Jack Brouwer, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Associate Director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) and Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at the University of California, Irvine
  • Damian Breen, Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • Bill Magavern, Policy Director, Coalition for Clean Air
  • V. John White, Owner, V. John White Associates
3:30 PM Special: What opportunities do Ports offer to Hydrogen and Fuel Cells?
  • Fernando Corral, VP Sales, Retail & Distribution, Plug Power
3:50 PM Panel – Novel Approaches for Hydrogen Applications in Commercial Environments
  • Dr. Madhav Acharya, Technology-to-Market Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, US Deptartment of Energy
  • Anca Faur, Development Program Manager, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells
4:10 PM Networking Break
4:40 PM Panel - Goods Movement and Freight: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks

Moderator: Naveen Berry, Technology Demonstration Manager, Science and Technology Advancement, South Coast Air Quality Management District

  • Brian Lindgren, Manager - Research & Development, Kenworth Truck Company
  • Ben Nyland, President and CEO, Loop Energy Inc.
  • Dr. Abas Goodarzi, President and CEO, US Hybrid
  • Craig Scott, National Manager, Advanced Technologies Group, Toyota
5:30 PM Case Studies, Show and Tell & Member Update
  • CHBC Member Updates
6:00 PM Recap: Summit Results and Next Steps
  • Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, CHBC
6:30 PM Happy Hour
  • Restaurant "Mayahuel", 1200 K St.
Wednesday, September 27 - Fuel Cell Bus Workshop* or Microgrid Tour*
*Separate Fee Applies to Add-on or Standalone Activities
Wednesday, September 27 - Fuel Cell Electric Bus Workshop
7:00 AM Registration Opens - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:00 AM Workshop Begins - Coastal Hearing Room
8:00 AM Welcome and Overview of the Workshop
  • Jeff Serfass, Executive Director, California Hydrogen Business Council
8:15 AM Current Deployment Status, System Performance, Fueling Options
  • Presented by California Hydrogen Business Council Co-Chair of the Public Transportation Sector Action Group, Nicolas Pocard, Director of Marketing, Ballard Power Systems
8:30 AM Transit Operators Share Experiences, Including Cost, and Fueling Challenges
  • Tommy Edwards, Chief Operating Officer, SunLine Transit
  • Bill Habibe, Manager, Transit Technical Services, Orange County Transit Authority
  • Salvador Llamas, Director of Maintenance, AC Transit
9:15 AM Adoptions Barriers - Awareness: Improving Transit Agency Awareness about FCEBs
  • Jaimie Levin, Senior Program Manager and Director of West Coast Operations, Center for Transportation and the Environment (CTE)
9:45 AM Adoption Barriers - Value Proposition: Reducing FCEB TCO compared to BEB and CNG
  • Nicolas Pocard, Director of Marketing, Ballard Power Systems
  • Leslie Eudy, Senior Project Leader, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM Adoption Barriers - Hydrogen infrastructure: Partners and Project Readiness
  • Rob del Core, Director, Fuel Cell Power Systems Group, Hydrogenics USA
  • Steve Szymanski, Director of Business Development, Proton OnSite
  • Nitin Natesan, Business Development Manager, Linde North America (tentative)
11:15 AM Developing an Action Plan for FCEBs
  • Identify high-value targets for adoption
    • Tommy Edwards, Chief Operating Officer, SunLine Transit, ZEBRA
  • Funding Sources for FCEB projects
    • Leslie Goodbody, Air Resources Engineer, California Air Resources Board
  • Learning Lessons from BEB manufacturers - Soliciting FCEB projects directly with transit agencies
    • Oscar Pardinas, Regional Sales Manager, ElDorado National - California
  • Fuel Cell Bus Roadmap and New Developments
    • Nico Bouwkamp, Technical Program Manager, California Fuel Cell Partnership
12:20 PM Vision, Recap & Next Steps
  • Nicolas Pocard, Director of Marketing, Ballard Power Systems
12:30 PM Workshop Adjourn
Wednesday, September 27 - Hydrogen Microgrid Tour
7:30 AM Check-in at Registration Desk - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:00 AM Bus Departs from corner of 10th St. and I St.
10:30 AM Tour Hydrogen Microgrid at Stone Edge Farm

The "Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid” is a mile-long power line that connects a network of electrical services and integrates various forms of distributed energy generation (solar, microturbine, hydrogen fuel cells) and storage (batteries and hydrogen) with real time monitoring and control.

2:00 PM Return to EPA Building*
*Special drop-off at Sacramento Airport TBD
Wednesday, September 27 - CHBC Board of Directors Meeting*
3:30 PM -7:30 PM CHBC Board Meeting
7:45 PM Board Dinner*
  *Open only to Board Members

For program-related questions contact Emanuel Wagner at


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