From the Conference Chair
Prof.Dr. Ibrahim Dincer:
Due to the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic the entire humanity has faced many devastating challenges. As a consequence, we had to postpone our 23rd WHEC from July 2020 to June 2022 with the hope that we will successfully organize the conference. Its format will this time be hybrid to cover both on-site and on-line presentations along with the exhibitions in both manners.
In May 2020, one of my perspective articles appeared in International Journal of Energy Research to highlight the importance of hydrogen energy and defining the year 2020 with the pandemic as a turning point where the carbon age turns into hydrogen age, obviously confirming that the use of hydrocarbon fuels will decrease while the clean hydrogen production and use will increase. Apparently, in July 2020 European Union initiated their green hydrogen deal, and many other countries declared their road maps and strategic plans to implement hydrogen technologies. Almost every country is now trying to do something to get ready for the hydrogen economy where the economic sectors will depend heavily on hydrogen and hydrogen related technologies. One should not think that hydrogen will only serve as fuel or energy carrier. Not really! Hydrogen will be deployed as fuel, energy carrier and feedstock. We are pretty much familiar with the dimensions of hydrogen as fuel and energy carrier, but not with feedstock which will really help change the carbon fuel economy to the hydrogen fuel economy where hydrogen will be used to synthesise many other chemicals and fuels for various purposes in many sectors. In conjunction with this, we have even been seeing drastic changes in petroleum sector where they have a common goal to go for renewables and hydrogen. So, the future will be with clean hydrogen… I strongly encourage all to join this hydrogen movement before it is too late.
As the conference chairman of the 23rd World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC2022), it is my great pleasure to cordially invite you to Istanbul to attend in personally on site or virtually online this prestigious conference. To keep in mind, WHEC is a unique event for all researchers, scientists, academicians, and professionals working in the field of hydrogen energy, ranging from its production to storage and to end use options where we deploy 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, WHEC2020 will not only provide a platform where the current research activities are discussed and the ideas are exchanged but also will help shape the future of hydrogen energy ecosystem. As a unique city that connects two continents, Istanbul has always been strategically important, and hosting this 23rd WHEC in Istanbul will bring researchers from different continents together to promote hydrogen energy and its activities and shape the future for better life. I am sure that WHEC2022 will turn out to be a success story with strong participation and global influence.
I personally look forward to welcoming you to Istanbul in late June 2022.
Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Dincer
Conference Chairman, WHEC-2022
President, National Hydrogen Association
23rd World Hydrogen Energy Conference
26-30 June 2022 – Istanbul, Turkey
Dear Friends in the Hydrogen Energy Community,
The 23rd World Hydrogen Energy Conference has been rescheduled to 26-30 June 2022.
At this moment coronavirus has become this century’s most urgent challenge to humanity. In harnessing this new sense of solidarity, we, the hydrogen energy community must rise to face another enormous challenge facing humanity, i.e. climate change. With great human generosity and empathy, let us during this period of social distancing, be inspired by history. It is said that Sir Isaac Newton was in his early 20s when he was sent home from Cambridge University when the Great Plague hit Europe. It was during this time, confined in his home, that Newton made some of his greatest discoveries, including gravity. We have an unprecedented opportunity to help made permanent changes in our energy infrastructure to a sustainable energy system utilizing the best of the hydrogen energy technologies.
During the interim, please provide your helping hand to Professor Ibrahim Dincer and his amazing WHEC2022 team as we move forward. Let us make WHEC2022 the best ever!
Be Kind. Be Well.
John W. Sheffield, Ph.D.
President – IAHE