Scientific programme

Objectives of the conference

In accordance with the traditional objective of the Hydrogen Days conference, the 2015 event

also targets providing an overview of ongoing research, development, demonstration projects and

industrial activities at both public and private institutions. A further important objective of this event

is to provide information on the strategy and instruments for supporting research and technological

development in the field of hydrogen technologies. These two conference objectives, i.e. to provide

information on technological developments and on the vision of future development, are reflected in

the two distinct parts of the conference program.

The Hydrogen Days 2015 conference aims to continue its tradition of attracting renowned

international experts, who will provide a broader view of this complex field and set the research

going on at the national level in a wider international context.



1. Stationary systems and applications

˗ fuel cells, water electrolysis, alternative methods of hydrogen production, hydrogen storage,

infrastructure, combined systems and energy storage, cogeneration systems, etc.

˗ market development, recent trends in hydrogen technologies implementation, infrastructure

development, auxiliaries, etc.


2. Transportation and mobile applications

˗ fuel cells as an energy source for mobile applications, hydrogen storage and distribution,

power trains based on hydrogen combustion, combined systems, etc.

˗ forklift trucks, personal cars, trucks, other mobile applications, hydrogen infrastructure, etc.


3. Cross-cutting issues

˗ education, safety, regulatory issues, pre-normative research, public awareness, etc.


General programme

Preliminary scheme of the programme


Final scientific programme

 has been published, download here.


Technical excursions

On Thursday afternoon, March 19, four technical excursions to workplaces of organising partners

will be arranged. The participants are kindly asked to choose one option and register via their user

page (see Application form below, Registration form).


University of Chemistry and Technology Prague 


Institute of Chemical Technology Prague (ICTP) represents the biggest educational institution of its

kind in Central Europe. Its tradition of almost 200 years combined with progressive fields of study

and a good international repute documents its strong position not only in education, but also in

research and development. As such it is also deeply involved into the research of hydrogen related

technologies. It covers not only fuel cells and water electrolysis, but also broad spectra of related

technologies, like purification, storage and safety. Excursion to ICTP will allow you to visit selected

laboratories and to discuss with specialists involved in this interesting field of research.


Czech Technical University in Prague


The Josef Božek Research Centre based at the Czech Technical University in Prague has acquired

high international reputation as the country's leading research body focused on automotive

technology. The main focus of the Research Centre is research and development of spark ignition

engines (gasoline, gas, alternative fuels) and diesel engines for cars and heavy-duty vehicles. The

engine research is focussed on thermodynamics, internal flow aerodynamics, turbocharging and

supercharging of engines using conventional and emerging technologies, emission reduction and

after treatment, engine management by intelligent controllers, engine dynamics and structural

strength of components applied to the design optimisation.


ÚJV Řež, a.s.


UJV is a reputable, renowned scientific-research and engineering company dedicated to nuclear

technologies and their application in various fields. In addition to standard activities relating to safety

assessment, in-service inspections and field tests of installations, the Institute is newly aimed at

ensuring long-term operation of nuclear units and at improving their performance. A key field of UJV

Rež’s interest is energy, where special attention is given to the development of long-term sustainable

energy with minimum environmental impact. One of these activities is focusing on hydrogen

technologies in energy and transportation, particularly high temperature processes (SOFC, SOEC),

energy storage, hydrogen-based hybrid stand-alone systems and microgrids and their integration to

the distribution network.

On the occasion of this conference UJV primarily offers three main options for excursions:

Pilot unit of hydrogen energy storage system - This system consists of PEM electrolyser, compressed

hydrogen storage, commercial PEM fuel cell, lead acid gel accumulators and photovoltaic panels. A

configuration has been designed to cover average households with the photovoltaic hybrid system.

Triple Hybrid Hydrogen Bus (TriHyBus) - A short commented drive with a first hybrid bus powered by

hydrogen fuel cell in central and Eastern Europe.

Research nuclear reactor - Experimental nuclear reactor LVR-0 or LVR-15


Charles University in Prague


The Surface Physics Laboratory as a part of Department of Surface and Plasma Science of The Charles

University in Prague is the biggest surface science group in the Czech Republic. Research focuses mainly

to fundamental studies of reducible oxide and nano-alloy surface reactivity and model studies in heterogeneous

catalysis. In addition during last years the research is oriented towards studies of electrocatalysts for PEMFCs.

The laboratory is equipped with four complete ultrahigh vacuum systems for thin film preparation and analysis

of material surfaces by means of photoelectron spectroscopy (ESCA). Each system hosts different special

instruments complementary to others: STM, XPD and ARUPS, LEED, RHEED, AES and TDS. Furthermore,

there are 2 field emission gun scanning electron microscopes (one with focused ion beam) and 2 atomic force

microscopes (AFM), FTIR spectrometer and micro flow reactor. Electrocatalysts for energy conversion are

investigated using 3 fuel cell test stations, AFM equipped with in situ electrochemical cell permitting to study

catalyst morphology under liquids and electrochemical cell for nanoparticle deposition. Moreover the group

operates own photoemission synchrotron radiation beamline at synchrotron Elettra in Italy.


Student Award

All student contributions will be automatically included in contest for Student Award. The best

student poster will be awarded by valuable price.

Students not wishing to participate are kindly asked to inform the Organising committee by

registration upon arrival.