As the conference chairman of the 23rd World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC-2020), it is my great pleasure to cordially invite you to Istanbul to attend this prestigious conference. WHEC is a unique event for all researchers, scientists, academicians, and professionals working in the field of hydrogen energy systems; from production to storage and to end use options such as fuel cells. This conference will provide an effective platform for contributions to the development and enhancement of hydrogen energy systems as well as a place to interact with researchers from all around the world to gain a better understanding of the use of hydrogen energy systems for a sustainable future. Much like past WHECs, WHEC-2020 will not only provide an outlook on the current research activities, but it will also shape the future of hydrogen energy systems. As a city that connects two continents, Istanbul has always been strategically important and hosting the 23rd WHEC in Istanbul will bring researchers from different continents together to promote hydrogen energy systems and share their innovative ideas. Turkey is dedicated to increasing the share of renewables in its energy supply and hydrogen energy systems are promising candidates. Therefore, Turkey has increased its research, innovation and technology development activities to produce, store, and use hydrogen in an affordable, reliable, safe, clean, and sustainable manner. Given these activities as well as the financial investment and dedication to hydrogen energy systems in Turkey, Istanbul is clearly the perfect host city for this event. Given the influence of the prestigious International Association of Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), the support of the Turkish National Hydrogen Association, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), the reputation of the WHECs, the launch of the Hydrogen Council, and the historic and strategic importance of the beautiful host city, Istanbul, it is expected that WHEC-2020 will turn out to be a success story with strong participation and global influence.
I look forward to welcoming you to Istanbul on July 5, 2020.
Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Dincer
Chairman of WHEC-2020
Vice President for Strategy, International Association for Hydrogen Energy
Vice President, World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies
President, National Hydrogen Association