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Fuel Cell mission to Germany and Austria (Sept. 16-21, 2018)

July 10, 2018

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in partnership with the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA), and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is organizing a trade, R&D, and investment mission around Europe’s premier hydrogen and fuel cells conference f-Cell to take place in Stuttgart, Germany in September.  The mission will include the following components:

  • Attendance at F-Cell conference including matchmaking sessions and a Canadian Pavilion

  • Two-day technical workshop on Fuel Cell and Quality Control in Freiburg, Germany in collaboration with  the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems

  • One-day meetings/visits to Graz, Austria (TBC:  Hydrogen Center Austria (HyCentA), Magna, AVL)



  • Sunday, September 16: Arrival in Graz

    •  Informal get-together (evening)

  • Monday, September 17:  Meetings/company visits in Graz, Austria

    • Travel to Stuttgart in the evening            

  • Tuesday, September 18: f-Cell Conference, Stuttgart, Germany

    • Breakfast briefing

  • Wednesday, September 19: f-Cell Conference, Stuttgart, Germany

    • Travel to Freiburg in the afternoon

    • Informal get-together

  • Thursday, September 20:  Fuel Cell Workshop, Freiburg, Germany

    • Informal get-together

  • Friday, September 21: Fuel Cell Workshop, Freiburg, Germany



Your organisation might be eligible to one of the two funding programs to participate in this mission:






We would also encourage that you consider seeking funding support from provincial and territorial programs which may apply.




Fees:  Participation in the mission is free of charge. However, participants will need to take care of the f-Cell conference registration fees.  Registration can be done online at http://www.world-of-energy-solutions.com/startpage.html


IMPORTANT: Organisations wishing to exhibit in the Canadian pavilion at f-Cell and benefit from a favourable rate on the exhibiting fees and conference registration should contact Nhilario@CHFCA.ca


Deadline:  There is no official deadline for registering to participate, however, in order for us to effectively prepare for the activities and in particular for the workshop, we would appreciate that you notify us early of your intent to participate.   Please send us an email arndt.ulland@international.gc.ca


IMPORTANT:  We would like to advise the participants who intend to apply for funding support to contact us as early as possible by email ghislain.robichaud@international.gc.ca.




Hotel in Graz:



Note:  You can request the Canadian Embassy rate @ € 112 for the Grand Independent room including breakfast!


Graz to Stuttgart (September 17 evening)


Option a)

6:35pm to 7:50pm (1h 15m), Austrian Airlines 245, limited availability!


Option b)

Graz to Vienna, Austrian Airlines 978, 6:40pm to 7:20pm (40m)


Vienna to Stuttgart, Austrian Airlines 179, 8:15pm to 9:30pm (1h 15m)

Hotel in Stuttgart: https://portal.toubiz.de/f-cell2018/ukv/result?tt=04e18fqjlb88jruki0ue0ecg00


Hotel in Freiburg:

Hotel Best Western Victoria (www.hotel-victoria.de), near main station and city center (5 min. taxi drive to the institute): double rooms for single use, 116,- € per night including breakfast.


Hotel Hampton by Hilton (www.hampton.com/freiburg), 5 min taxi drive to the institute, but outside city center: double rooms for single use, 89,- € per night including breakfast.





Quality Control Workshop:  Why should I participate?


Quality control of fuel cell components is critical to support fuel cell commercialization through product cost reduction, increase yields, and increase product reliability.  In addition it enables the development of a robust supply chain for the commercialization of fuel cell products. This workshop aims at starting the conversation around quality control and to stimulate exchanges on the R&D needs for this area. Fuel cell manufacturers, components suppliers, R&D providers and equipment developers are among the parties who should be interested in participating in this workshop.


The workshop will aim at understanding the importance of quality control in fuel cell technology commercialization, learn about participants’ activities in that area and stimulate international collaboration among participants on fuel cell components quality control science, methods, instrumentation and protocol among other possibilities. Opportunities for collaboration in this area will be identified as an outcome of this workshop. The topics covered during this event will be around bipolar plates and MEA components.


The long term vision is to create an annual international event held at various locations around quality control to develop non-proprietary, pre-competitive best practices and standards to support the sector and its supply chain.


If you have any questions/suggestions concerning the content of the workshop, please contact Francois.Girard@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca


F-Cell:  Why should I attend?


F-Cell is committed to the hydrogen and fuel cell sector and the new concept is based on intensive industry and market research.  The size of the conference provides favourable access to the key players in the hydrogen and fuel sectors and for meaningful exchange between the participants on hot topics.  The conference is taking place in one of the world’s top innovative hubs for manufacturing and automotive.




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