We have a star-studded line-up of speakers and specialists in the field, an agenda filled with even bigger topics to further inspire your commitment  to the development and acceleration of the hydrogen economy. And, of course the chance to network with some of the major players active in hydrogen. 

To mark the countdown, H2 View caught up with just some of our speakers. Here, we speak with Frank Wolak, President and CEO of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA).

Wolak started his role at FCHEA in September (2021) and holds more than 30 years of experience in all facets of energy. Further to that, he is a founder member of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalitions, past Chair of the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative and serves as a Governor appointment to the New Jersey Fuel Cell Task Force.

Thank you for taking the time to talk to H2 View today. Frank, you were last month appointed as President and CEO of the FCHEA. Can you tell us a little more about your plans for this role and what you want to achieve?

I intend to continue and expand FCHEA’s role as the leading industry Association in the US. I want to build upon the base of credibility we have with policymakers to assure the best outcomes for our members.

I also want to retain the strong working relationships with US government agencies, including our long-standing relationship with the Department of Energy.

Where did your passion for hydrogen begin?

My passion for hydrogen started early in my career working within the energy industry at large. I have always had a passion for advanced technologies and energy efficiency.

Hydrogen and fuel cells are at the leading edge of decarbonisation.

Do you think the time is now for hydrogen in North America?

Yes, there are many factors both governmental and societal that make the time right for Hydrogen

How do you think North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen?

A key element is the desire of the US Government to take a strong position. This will stimulate private sector involvement and investment.

Finally, can you tease anything from your upcoming talk at H2 View’s North American Virtual Event?

I will look expand on some of the recommendations FCHEA outlined in our recent Hydrogen Roadmap and highlight some current policy actions

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your virtual delegate pass, click here.