Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy

A Presentation by Mathiew Gardette

An overview of early markets and perspective on alternative transportation energy solutions.

  • What is the current status of fuel cell technologies?    
  • What is the value proposition of H2-energy and fuel cells with regard to global energy economic challenges?    
  • Which are the early markets?    
  • How will those markets get the industry and general public ready for H2 mobility?    
  • How soon to come?

These questions naturally lead to a deeper look at the latest developments on the California roadmap for H2 fuel infrastructure as well as a discussion as to why the introduction of FCEVs in the automotive market is still controversial and whether FCEVs and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) complement one another or are competitors.

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Writing a Business Plan - An Example, the E-Trike

e trike 2 picThe E-Trike is a novel yet amazingly practical personal transportation vehicle that promotes health and mobility. The E-Trike is a human powered recumbent tricycle with an electric motor assist.

  •  - Who are the Potential Customers?    
  •  - What is the Future for our product and for individual transportation?    
  •  - Presenting the E-Trike Short Business Plan


Read more: Writing a Business Plan - An Example, the E-Trike

Sustainable Mobility: Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

sjsu pic 2Dr. Fred Barez will present an overview of the history and the motivation resulting in the development and need for sustainable mobility including alternative fuel vehicle technologies. He will discuss the current state of such vehicle manufacturing, the opportunities, and the challenges. 


  • What are some alternative fuel vehicle technologies?
  • What is the current state of manufacturing?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges? 

Thursday Morning Meeting, Feb 13, 2014 8:00am - 9:30am
Free, No reservations required.

Saratoga Federated Church, Richards Hall, 20390 Park Place, Saratoga, CA 95070
Enter on west side, corner of Oak Place and Saratoga-Los Gatos Rd (Hiway 9).

About the Presenter

fred berez picDr. Fred Barez is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at San Jose State University.  He is director of three laboratories in the department, Electronics Packaging and Design, Smart Home and Energy Efficiency, and the Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technology Laboratory. He developed 18 new courses at San Jose State University including Solar Energy Engineering, Alternative and Renewable Sources of Energy, and most recently, Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Fundamentals. Previously he developed courses related to Disk Drive Engineering, High Vacuum Systems Engineering, Fiber Optics Engineering, Electronics Packaging and Design, and Biomechanics. He was awarded the Pi Tau Sigma, Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, Professor of the year nine times for Outstanding Teaching and Service and the Most Inspirational Faculty by the Department Students. He was the recipient of the College of Engineering Meritorious and Performance Award. He was awarded the ASME’s National Dedicated Service Award, Regional Service Award, as well as the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award.

Prior to joining San Jose State University, Dr. Barez worked in disk drive and semiconductor industries and was founder and co-founder of two companies. His contributions resulted in significant increase in disk drive data storage capacity and the products he developed affected the performance of over 50%  of all disk drives manufactured in the world. Dr. Barez is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley Engineering Council, an umbrella organization of several professional engineering societies and served as its president for two terms. He was the Chair of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Santa Clara Valley Section. Dr. Barez earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California in Berkeley.

The EV Infrastructure in California

EV chargingstation signThursdays EV Infrastructure presentation will be a high level overview of the California Governor's Interagency Working Group on Zero-Emmision Vehicles; the 2013 ZEV Action Plan; a roadmap towards 1.5 million zero-emmission vehicles on California roadways 2025 geared towards job creation.

In March 2012, Governor Brown issuied an executive order directing state government to help accelerate the market for zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in California. A path toward 1.5 million ZEVs in California by the year 2025 with strategies and actions that state agencies will take to meet milestones of the the executive order. In this plan, ZEVs include: hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), which include both pure battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and pug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PEHEVs). Adapted from the 2013 ZEV Action Plan.  

  • Goal: 1.5 million ZEVs in California by the year 2025    
  • What are the infrastructure needs?    
  • How are we going to get there?    
  • What opportunities will it bring?


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The Transition to Sustainable Transportation

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better place logoTransportation is critical to our lives and our global economy. However, over 90% of energy for transportation comes from petroleum. Petroleum based fuels come with countless issues: global limited supply, rapid global reserves depletion, rising fuel prices affecting not only the price of driving but the cost of food and every other product, limited domestic supply with national security implications, and global climate change with transportation the largest contributor of greenhouse gases. Electric vehicles offer an alternative but are hampered by problems like range limitation and long charging time. Better Place envisions a world with electric vehicles powered by renewable energy and without the range and charging limitations. Tim Claes of Better Place will share this vision and will highlight some of the recent progress that Better Place has made globally. Come learn about this innovative business model and where it is being implemented today. Tim will also share how he launched his career in the clean tech sector and provide his personal perspective on making a career transition to clean tech.    

Date:       Thursday, March 1, 2012      

Agenda:   6:30 pm - 7:00 pm  Networking and Check-in   
                7:00 pm - 8:15 pm   Presentation    

Venue:     Key Point Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara, CA      



About the Presenter

tim claes picTim Claes manages the Better Place global partnership with General Electric as part of the Better Place Global Strategic Alliances Group. Tim holds an undergraduate and Masters Degree in Commercial Engineering with a focus on Marketing from the Catholic University of Leuven and holds an MBA from Cornell where he was a Fulbright Scholar. Tim previously held roles in product management and product marketing at Unilever and Yahoo! in the US and Europe. Tim has been co-leader of the Clean Transportation Working Group within the Silicon Valley Clean Tech Forum.





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