Location: Charlotte, NC USA
The Focus: The Fifth International Hydrail Conference agenda departs somewhat from the first four IHCs in that it focuses on three featured subjects: (1) mass carbon-free hydrogen production technologies to fuel hydrail trains and other vehicles; (2) the economic importance of avoiding commitment to new externally powered rail lines – especially for streetcars; and (3) hydrogen fuel cell streetcars: the hydrolley and its revolutionary significance for urban transportation planning.
Spotlighting Canada: Canada’s long-standing leadership role in hydrail introduction will be emphasized. The Canadian Consulate to North Carolina plays a major role in producing this year’s Hydrail Conference.
Thursday June 11, 2009
• Dr. Barry Burks, Charlotte Research Institute – Welcome Why CRI Is Hosting This Years IHC
• Jennifer Roberts, Mecklenburg County Commission Chair – Welcome
• Jason Hoyle, Appalachian State University – Brief History & Origin of the International Hydrail Conference
• Dr. Alistair Miller, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. – Why Rail is the Best use of H2 & The Environmental Urgency
Mass Production of Hydrogen Fuel for Hydrail
• Kevin Major, University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Nanocatalyst-based hydrogen production
• Dr. Bill Summers, Savannah River National Laboratory – High Temperature Thermochemical Water Splitting Using the Sulfur/Iodine Cycle