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Workshop to Shed Light on Hydrogen Energy Economy

Chewonki to Host First Hydrogen Energy Economy Workshop

October 28, 2005 - On Wednesday, November 9, The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine and the Chewonki Foundation will host the first-ever Maine workshop aimed at advancing hydrogen as an attainable source of fuel for the Northeast and showcasing current applications of hydrogen in the region. The workshop, which is open to the public, will provide technical assistance to projects seeking partners and highlight funding sources for development of hydrogen projects. The half-day event entitled: "The Hydrogen Energy Economy of New England: Its Current Status and Future Trends," will be held at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, which is home to Maine's first renewable hydrogen system. Tours of the new system will be available.

This workshop is the result of a collaboration between the River Valley Growth Council, the Hydrogen Energy Center, The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine and the Chewonki Foundation.

"Hydrogen is very important to Maine as it is one of the primary products that can currently be produced via market-ready forest biomass conversion processes," said Scott Christiansen, Project Director, River Valley Growth Counsel. "Investigating the regional market for hydrogen and expanding our vision in terms of attracting hydrogen-using industries is a critically important exercise for Maine "

Chewonki President Don Hudson concurred. "If hydrogen is going to become a meaningful source of renewable fuel in this region, we must begin to test a variety of applications," he said. "This project, originally proposed by our principal partner --The Hydrogen Energy Center -- is just such an application. We look forward to sharing our experience and to helping others chart a course."

Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element in the universe. Research is currently underway to develop and demonstrate advanced hydrogen and fuel cell technologies to reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, and maintain economic competitiveness. "We need to educate ourselves about the alternatives to fossil fuels," echoed Peter Arnold, Renewable Pathways coordinator at Chewonki. "Hydrogen is one of those alternatives. This workshop will be an entry point into what's going on in this field."

The hydrogen workshop will offer business and community members an update on the following: Presentations regarding hydrogen supply and demand in the region, and the future potential for hydrogen production. Private sector initiatives and investment in hydrogen applications involving hydrogen production, vehicle fueling facilities, backup power systems and use in the marine environment. Demonstration of the Chewonki Hydrogen Energy Project (developed in partnership with the Hydrogen Energy Center and Maine Technology Institute). Case study of legislation, organization and commercialization in Massachusetts. Hydrogen opportunities identified within the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Networking and informational displays.

Speakers will include: Bruce Albiston, Maine Oxy; Peter Arnold, Chewonki Foundation; Brad Bradshaw, Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition; Scott Christiansen, Fractionation Development Center; Calen Colby, Oest Associates; Paul Faulstich, Chewonki Hydrogen Energy Project; Norm Gridley, Acadia Environmental Technology; Richard Smith and Gary Higginbottom, Hydrogen Energy Center; and Richard Kelley, Marine Propulsion Systems.

Registration is $30. There are four easy ways to register: 1. Email [email protected] 2. Call The Chewonki Foundation at 207.882.7323 3. Visit www.e2tech.org/hydrogen_workshop/registration.html for a printable registration form. 4. You may also register by cash or check between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., the day of the event. However, space is limited.

The event will be held between 9 am-1 pm at Chewonki's Center for Environmental Education. Directions are available at www.chewonki.org

More information go to http://www.e2tech.org/hydrogen_workshop/index.html

About the Hydrogen Energy Center The Hydrogen Energy Center believes that hydrogen technology is an exciting and promising solution to the many problems related to the world's dependence on fossil fuels. The Center's goals are to promote hydrogen technology as a means towards removing these problems, and to foster successful businesses to build this technology. www.hydrogenenergycenter.org

About E2tech The Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) is an association of companies, entrepreneurs and non-profit organizations who are committed to advancing sustainable job growth, research and development, and new product commercialization. The Council's role is to be a catalyst for action.

About Chewonki Foundation The Chewonki Foundation is a non-profit educational institution organized in 1962. The diverse programs of the Foundation are drawn clearly and cleanly from our educational mission and include a summer camp, a semester of academic and personal challenges for high school juniors, a variety of educational group programs, and wilderness excursions for adults, families and individuals. www.chewonki.org

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