Intertech Announces Upcoming Well-to-Wheels 2001 Conference

March 15, 2001 by Jeff Shepard

Intertech (Portland, ME) announced its tenth international advanced propulsion and fuel conference, Well-to-Wheels 2001. The conference will be held from May 14 through 16, 2001, in Nice, France, and will address issues related to advanced propulsion systems and fueling infrastructure. Topics include the cost and fuel economy comparisons for key propulsion technologies, including internal combustion, diesel, Stirling, fuel cell, natural gas and microturbine, as well as the size and growth of the alternative vehicles market. Other themes will include hydrogen production, distribution, storage and reforming hurdles; the pros and cons of investing in alternative fuels and propulsion technologies; and the implications of converting to hydrogen, methanol, natural gas or synthetic fuels.

Intertech reports that the there will be two pre-conference seminars, one devoted to future fuels for fuel cell vehicles, and one discussing comparisons of methodology, tools and applications in alternative-fuelled vehicles. In addition, there will be two keynote presentations. The first, by Jean Botti of Delphi Automotive Systems (Troy, MI), is on powertrain and energy architectures. The second will be delivered by Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute (Snowmass, CO) on the transition to hydrogen. The conference is co-chaired by Andrew Armstrong of BP (UK) and Albert Sobey of ASA Inc.

Corporate sponsors of Well-to-Wheels 2001 include such companies as Texaco. Exhibitors of past conferences have included Argonne National Lab, Capstone Microturbine, Energy Conversion Devices, ExxonMobil, General Motors, IMPCO Technologies, Linde Gas AG, Nuvera Fuel Cells, STM Corp. and Umweltbundesamt.

Intertech reports that the registration fee for the conference is $1,295. For those who are unable to attend, the conference proceedings can be purchased for $995.