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Hydrail Conference


Dates:  Thu, 06/11/2009 – Fri, 06/12/2009

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.

Conference Presentations

Thursday June 11, 2009

Prologue Speakers

• Robert Stasko, University of Ontario – Promising technologies for producing industrial scale hydrogen with low or zero carbon emissions

• 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

Innovative Technologies Enable Supply of Electric Fuel and Green Transportation

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This presentation was a part of the 2009 Plug’nDrive Ontario Meeting



Ontario is ideally positioned to allow for a widespread adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV). Our energy system is clean and night-time charging allows drivers to take advantage of low time of use prices. Additionally, more than 85% of Ontario commuters travel less than 25km to get to work – making the switch to an EV even easier.


Plug’nDrive Ontario aims to make EVs a reality for everyone in Ontario through partnerships with government, electricity companies, car and infrastructure manufacturers, researchers, NGOs and other commercial partners. Plug’nDrive is dedicated to creating public awareness and promoting the environmental and economic benefits that EVs can bring to Ontario.




Transmission/Distribution System Futures? : Distributed Generation and the Future of Ontario’s Electric Grid

Session 4: Transmission/Distribution System Futures?

This session is devoted to alternate visions of the On- tario electricity grid. Will it (or should it) be the tradi- tional model of large scale generating plants located a long distance from load, or will it be more focused on the distributed generation model with genera- tion embedded within large load centres? While the latter model minimizes the need for new transmis- sion lines, it raises an entirely new set of issues with respect to meeting local reliability requirements.

Chair Bryne Purchase, Executive Director, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy


Jan Carr, Corporate Director and fomer CEO of Ontario Power Authority

Don MacKinnon, President, Power Workers’ Union Steve Dorey, Vice President, External Relations,

Hydro One Networks Inc. Robert Stasko, Director Business Development,


George Todd, President, George Todd Consulting

and Policies, Ontario Power Authority

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Energy

Symposium on Alternate Energy and Global Synergy

Support from Funding agencies:

Chair: Dr. Richard Cheung, ELCE Dept, Ryerson U.

• Mr. Robert Stasko, Director, Business Development, Ontario Centres of Excel- lence, (OCE) Centre for Energy

• Mr Bharat Rudra, Country Manager International science and Technology Part- nerships (ISTP) Canada Inc

• Dr. William Dobson, Director, Ontario Region, Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP)

Vision and Objectives

1. Brainstorm on viable / implementable technologies to be developed through R&D efforts on “Alternate Energy” in view of climate change, global warming, interna- tional commitments and depleting fossil fuels.

2. Identify technologies for local and global applications.

3. Identify the role of stake holders- Universities, Industry, Govt./Funding Agencies (National and international) and Utilities/ User Agencies- in this effort.

4. Identify possible teams comprising individuals and organizations for specific pro- jects.

5. Prepare a roadmap to implement the above ideas for follow up.

6. Discuss workable mechanism to carry out R&D efforts for the desired goal – de- velop transferable technologies leading to demonstration projects in the field.

7. Discuss mechanism of international cooperation in these efforts to effect ‘Global Synergy’.

Presenting at Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Presenting to the Standing Committee on Social Policy on behalf of Science Concepts International. 

“Thank you, Mr Chair. Good morning. My name is Robert Stasko, and I’m pleased to address this group on the proposed legislation, Bill 100. I’m not here representing any official organization today. However, I am representing a constituency within the energy sector. I’d like to speak on behalf of those agencies and individuals who are committed to the development and application of the next generation of improved energy technologies for the people of Ontario.

I’ve been in the electricity sector for over 30 years, both here in Canada and abroad. I have a wide experience in everything from nuclear operations at Pickering to development of advanced solar energy technologies for Ontario Power Technologies. I’ve also been seconded to the Ontario Ministry of Energy on two separate occasions as a senior policy adviser, and as it happens, I’ve served under governments from all three political parties represented here on the committee. However, most of my career has been spent on the development and commercialization of new energy technologies in the electricity sector. I’m an unrepentant techno-geek and have been involved in everything from hot fusion to electricity generated from cow manure.

From my perspective, Bill 100 is a major step in the right direction as part of a broad government recognition of the importance of electricity. However, as is often the case, the major themes of new supply, regulation versus private sector, electricity cost, energy mix and overall governance issues have pushed the issue of promising new technologies into the shadows. As a result, I’m concerned that a major opportunity to correct a serious problem may be missed.”

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