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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Forum Connects Investors to Industry

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Sept. 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and the Connecticut Green Bankwill co-host the 2016 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Forum on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Hilton in Hartford, Conn. The forum will offer opportunities to learn more about fuel cell electric vehicles, including a unique "Ride & Drive" experience at the Connecticut Convention Center on November 18.

The forum will bring together investors and stakeholders in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry, including original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers and service providers in the Northeast, to facilitate business connections, expand market opportunities, and explore hydrogen and fuel cell technology that can effectively address our nation's pressing energy and climate concerns.

"This event will advance our efforts to help businesses in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry succeed," stated Joel Rinebold, director of energy initiatives, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT). "We will be providing a forum for investors to connect with manufacturers and suppliers. Making these business connections is key for many companies."

Unique to the forum will be a live "Request for Information" (RFI) with real-time polling that may result in a "Funding Opportunity Announcement," feature panel discussions with industry experts, a Technology Showcase/Supply Chain Exchange to facilitate business connections, and hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell electric vehicle stakeholder meetings.

"We are very pleased to participate in and support this event," stated Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of the Connecticut Green Bank. "The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Forum provides an excellent opportunity for industry stakeholders to learn more about how they can access capital for both stationary power and ultra-clean advanced vehicle technologies."

For more information, please visit www.h2fcforum.com.

About NEESC

The Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster is a network of industry, academic, government and non-governmental leaders working together to provide energy storage solutions. The cluster is focused on the innovative development, production, promotion and deployment of hydrogen fuels and fuel cells to meet the pressing demand for energy storage solutions. The cluster is based in New York, New Jersey, and the New England States. Its initial formation and development is funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration's Innovative Economies Initiative and administered by CCAT. www.neesc.org

About Connecticut Green Bank

The Connecticut Green Bank is an entity that accelerates the deployment of clean energy by using limited public dollars to attract private capital investment in clean energy projects. In doing so, it makes clean energy more affordable and accessible to consumers. The Connecticut Green Bank innovates, educates and is active in accelerating the growth of green energy. The Connecticut Green Bank partners with private-sector investors to create low-cost, long-term, sustainable financing to implement green energy measures in the residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and infrastructure sectors. www.ctgreenbank.com

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, IT strategies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter - @CCATInc.

CONTACT: Karen Jarmon Communications Director, CCAT kjarmon@ccat.us 860-282-4211Source:Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc.