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The agenda will be updated as it develops.

Sunday, September 24 - Pre-Summit Social Gathering
7:00 PM Location TBA
Monday, September 25 (Morning) - CHBC Member Meetings
8:00 AM Member Meetings Check-in - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:30 AM Sector Action Group (SAG) Meetings Begin
All Meetings in Training Room 2 East & West, 2nd Floor
8:30 AM Hydrogen Energy Strorage and Renewable Hydrogen SAG
9:30 AM Public Transport SAG
10:30 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM Heavy Duty Transportation, Goods Movement and Clean Ports SAG
12:00 PM Member Meetings Adjourn
Monday, September 25 - Summit
11:00 AM Registration Opens - Main Lobby, CalEPA
12:30 PM Summit Begins - Byron Scher Auditorium (2nd Floor)
  Opening: Summit Expectations & Overview of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in California & Vision of the Future
  • Jeffrey Serfass, Executive Director, CHBC
12:45 PM Keynote - Industry
1:05 PM Keynote – Government
  • Rick Perry, Secretary of Energy, US Dept. of Energy (invited)
  • Daniel Simmons, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Dept. of Energy (invited)
1:25 PM Panel – Overview of State Regulation and Legislation
  • Lorraine Paskett, CEO, Cambridge LCF Group (invited)
  • Graham Noyes, Attorney, Keyes, Fox & Wiedman LLP
  • Mike Levin, Director Government Affairs, FuelCell Energy (invited)
1:45 PM Feature: Renewable Hydrogen Roadmap Publication
  • Brian Goldstein, Executive Director, Energy Independence Now (EIN), (invited)
3:00 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM Keynote – Integration of 100% Renewables
  • Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the California State Assembly (invited)
  • Ricardo Lara, Senator, California State Senate (invited)
4:00 PM Panel – 100% Renewable Energy and the Need for Hydrogen
6:00 PM Industry Perspective on Hydrogen’s Role in Decarbonization of the Electrical and Gas Grid
6:20 PM Adjourn
6:30 - 8:30 PM Renewable Hydrogen Reception
  • Esquire Grill, 1213 K St.
Tuesday, September 26 - Summit
7:30 AM Registration Opens - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:30 AM Summit Begins - Byron Scher Auditorium (2nd Floor)
8:30 AM Recap of Day 1, Outlook for Day 2
  • Jeffrey Serfass, Executive Director, CHBC
8:45 AM Keynote – Legislative/Agency
9:10 AM Panel - What's Happening with Vehicles?
  • Christy Cooper, Acting Director, Vehicle Technologies Office, US Dept. of Energy (invited)
  • Honda (TBD)
10:00 AM Networking Break
10:30 AM Panel – Meeting the Needs of Hydrogen Infrastructure
  • Joel Ewanick, First Element Fuel (invited)
  • Jean Baronas, California Energy Commission – 2018 report
  • Bill Elrick - Beyond 100 stations / Getting to 500 stations (invited)
  • Marc Melaina, Senior Engineer, NREL
  • Andreas Truckenbrodt - Beyond the State of California (invited)
12:00 PM Lunch Break & Displays
1:00 PM Panel – Challenges and Opportunities for Financing and Investing into Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Markets

Moderator: Andreas Truckenbrodt (invited)

  • John McKenna or John May, Hamilton Clark Securities (invited)
  • Beth Bafford, Investment Director, The Calvert Foundation (invited)
  • Rachel Wasser, Director of Investment Operations, PRIME Coalition (invited)
2:30 PM Keynote - Industry - Hydrogen Council
  • Air Liquide: Bob Oesterreich or Ole Hoffleman (invited)
3:00 PM Networking Break
3:30 PM Panel – Novel Approaches for Hydrogen Applications in Commercial Environments
  • Dr. Madhav Acharya, Technology-to-Market Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, US Dept. of Energy (invited)
4:30 PM Medium and Heavy Duty Trucks with Hydrogen
  • Andreas Truckenbrodt, Loop Energy (invited)
  • Abas Goodarzi, Founder and CEO, US Hybrid/US Fuel Cell (invited)
  • Trevor Milton, Founder and CEO, Nikola Motors (invited)
5:30 PM Case Studies, Show and Tell & CHBC Report & Member Update
6:00 PM Recap: Summit Results and Next Steps
6:30 PM Happy Hour (offsite)
Wednesday, September 27 - Fuel Cell Bus Workshop* or Microgrid Tour*
*Add-on or Standalone Activities
Wednesday, September 27 - Fuel Cell Bus Workshop
7:00 AM Registration Opens - Main Lobby, CalEPA
8:00 AM Workshop Begins - Sierra Hearing Room
8:00 AM Welcome and Overview of the Workshop
  • Presented by CHBC Transit Chair
8:15 AM Current Deployment Status, System Performance, Fueling Options
  • Presented by CHBC Transit Chair
8:30 AM Transit Operators Share Experiences, Including Cost, and Fueling Challenges
  • AC Transit
  • SunLine Transit
  • Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA)
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) (invited)
9:45 AM Adoption Barriers - Value Proposition: Reducing FCEB TCO compared to BEB and CNG
  • Ballard
  • SinoHytec
  • NREL
    • Gradual cost curve analysis that shows cost reduction for hydrogen cost, should look at 12 year economics (based on bus vehicle lifespan)
10:15 AM Break
10:45 AM Adoption Barriers - Hydrogen infrastructure: Partners and Project Readiness
  • Overview - Rudy LaFleur
  • Hydrogenics
11:15 AM

Developing an Action Plan for FCEBs

  • Identify high-value targets for adoption
    • ZEBRA
  • Funding Sources for FCEB projects
    • ARB
  • Develop a path to reduce cost for hydrogen infrastructure
    • Linde
  • Learning Lessons from BEB manufacturers - Soliciting FCEB projects directly with transit agencies
    • El Dorado/New Flyer
12:15 PM Recap & Next Steps
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*
2:30 PM-5:30 PM CHBC Board Meeting - Training Room 1 East & West
  *Open only to Board Members
6:00 PM Board Dinner*

For program-related questions contact Emanuel Wagner at


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