When almost 12 years ago Piero Lunghi proposed to organize a conference in Europe on fuel cells, we were all both excited about the idea and thrilled about the commitment. Piero was sure about the success of the conference and we were all driven by his enthusiasm.
In December 2005 the “1st European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Conference” took place in Rome and was attended by an incredibly broad (significantly broader than expected) group of advanced professionals and students in the fuel cell area of research.
The 2nd edition of the “European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Conference” in 2007, equally successful in terms of attendance, was tragically marked by the death of Piero, who passed away in a car accident on November 9th 2007, on the way to join us for the final preparatory meeting of EFC07.
With the 3rd edition of the “European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Conference”, the conference achieved the full maturity expected, becoming one of the most important scientific events in the area of fuel cells, marked by a wide participation of renowned researchers, scientists and major stakeholders and by over 180 contributions by leading experts in the field of fuel cells. The new title “Piero Lunghi Conference” is a tribute to our friend Piero, a great man and scientist, whose enthusiasm and determination made the idea a reality.
The 4th edition of the “European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference & Exhibition” in 2011 was a huge success. That year’s edition combined the core-event represented by the scientific conference with the exhibition area, a new entry to the EFC, where research, industry and market met. That was just the first experiment but it got, again, a significantly broader than expected interest. From a scientific point of view, we received 226 abstracts and this made EFC an internationally recognized point of reference for fuel cell scientific community. Finally, we chose a beautiful new congress location to provide our attendees with immediate access to the very heart of the Eternal City.
In addition to the over 250 participants who assisted to the 142 oral presentations and to the 60 contributes of the poster session, the 5th edition of “European Fuel Cell Technology & Applications Piero Lunghi Conference & Exhibition” in 2013 featured the presence of 185 attendees who took part to the side-events that supplemented the EFC13: International Workshop “INTEGRATING NUMERICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL APPROACHES FOR THE DESIGN OF NEXT GENERATION FUEL CELLS”;
The workshop “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell: what opportunities for Italy?”, aimed at improving the knowledge on the European, National and local programs on hydrogen-related technologies, as well as to present the state of the research in Italy and the public and private project under execution;