to 23rd World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC2020)
5-9 July 2020, Istanbul, Turkey
Fossil fuels (i.e., petroleum, natural gas and coal), which meet most of the world’s energy demand today, are being depleted fast. Also, their combustion products are causing the global problems, such as the global warming, climate change, ozone layer depletion, acid rains, oxygen depletion and pollution, which are posing great danger for our environment and eventually for the life in our planet. Many engineers and scientists agree that the solution to these global problems would be replacing the existing fossil fuel system by the Hydrogen Energy System. Hydrogen is the lightest, most efficient and cleanest fuel. Its use will produce no greenhouse gases, no ozone layer depleting chemicals, no acid rain ingredients, no oxygen depletion and no pollution.
Around the world, there is extensive R&D work on Hydrogen Energy. Internal combustion engines are being modified for hydrogen fuel. Many types of fuel cells – to convert hydrogen efficiently to electricity – are being developed. Hyundai, Toyota, Honda and Mercedes companies started selling hydrogen fueled cars. Many bus companies are selling hydrogen fueled buses. Siemens Company is selling hydrogen fuel cells powered submarines. Hydrogen fueled appliances based on catalytic combustion have been built. There is research and development work on hydrogen hydride refrigeration and air conditioning systems. Aircraft manufacturers are working on hydrogen fueled subsonic and supersonic transport planes.
Scientists and Engineers from many countries of the world will gather at the 23 WHEC 2020 Conference to present their papers covering the recent advances in hydrogen energy and in hydrogen technologies. All these will no doubt speed up the conversion to hydrogen economy, eliminate global environmental problems, and provide the humankind with higher living standards. I congratulate the organizers of this Conference and wish all the participants a very fruitful meeting and pleasant days in the historic capital of two world empires, Istanbul, Turkey.
T. Nejat Veziroğlu
Honorary Chair, 23 WHEC 2020
Founding President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy