The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT) partnered with the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) to showcase the state’s hydrogen and fuel cell capabilities at Hannover Messe 2015, the leading international trade show for industrial technology innovations held in Hannover, Germany. CCAT administers the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC), which is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Connecticut Hydrogen Fuel Cell Coalition (CHFCC).
DECD and members of Connecticut’s hydrogen and fuel cell industry, including Precision Combustion, Inc., Dexmet Corporation, Advent Technologies, Engineered Fibers Technology, LLC, and Proton OnSite participated at the show as part of the Group Exhibit: Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries.
“This was a very exciting trade event for us. With its strong leadership position in green technology, especially in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry, Connecticut, by far, had the best representation of any other state at the Group Exhibit,” said Beatriz Gutierrez, executive director, DECD Office of Business Development.
“The Hannover Messe trade show is one of the biggest in the world. It provides a great opportunity to showcase Connecticut’s strengths and capabilities and to attract more investment from international companies looking to expand their reach,” she added. Commented Anthony Anderson, director, marketing and business development, Precision Combustion, Inc., “The support we received from the state of Connecticut and CCAT to help us attend this show has been tremendous. We learned of many good business opportunities at Hannover Messe and we expect this effort to lead to increased sales and exports.”
Connecticut is home to current world leaders in the research, design, and manufacture of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The Connecticut industry supply chain includes nearly 600 companies involved in the manufacture, development and deployment of hydrogen and fuel cell products. In 2012, the hydrogen and
fuel cell supply chain had a significant economic impact contributing nearly $1.1 billion and more than 5,700 total jobs to the region.
More than 220,000 trade visitors – 70,000 of whom came from outside Germany – attended Hannover Messe this year. With its designation as the 2016 official show Partner Country, the United States will have even greater visibility to attract foreign investment and expand trade next year.