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CKI Promotes Hydrogen in Hong Kong Polytechnic University Symposium


13 November, 2003 -- Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd (CKI) has been working with Canada-based Stuart Energy Systems on the research and development of hydrogen technology since 2000. Sharing the same commitment to build a cleaner environment, plans are underway to install a Hydrogen Energy Station in Hong Kong. Test run will be carried out on the territory's first hybrid bus, which effectively combines internal combustion engine with hydrogen generator.

To facilitate exchanges between industry professionals and the academics, CKI and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University will jointly host a symposium on Hydrogen Infrastructure Technology for Energy and Fuel Applications on November 18, 2003. The Symposium will be attended by many guest speakers from the government, the university, policy research organizations and companies in the energy sector. Focusing on the future developments of Hydrogen Infrastructure Technology, views will be exchanged on new and more efficient systems for producing, storing and harnessing hydrogen in everyday use, developing its codes and standard and protecting the environment.

Several distinguished industry veterans speaking at the Symposium will include Mr. Barrie Cook, Non- Executive Director of CKI and member of the Council on Sustainable Development, The Government of the HKSAR; Dr. Hugo Vandenborre, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Vice President, Stuart Energy Systems; Prof. K P Wong, Head of Department, Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Prof. D Sutanto, Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Mr. Robert Natkin, Group leader of Powertrain Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford Motor Ltd and Ms Christine Loh, CEO of Civic Exchange.

Compared to conventional fossil energies that release carbon dioxide during combustion, hydrogen can be produced from renewable energy sources in a mode that is largely neutral in terms of CO2 emissions and other exhausts. This environmentally-friendly fuel has wide applications for use in manufacturing, power generation, transportation and domestic households.

This Symposium is organized by the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, sponsored and co-hosted by CKI and supported by other related organizations including the Environmental Protection Department, The Government of the HKSAR.

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