The Focus: The Fifth International Hydrail Conference agenda departs somewhat from the first four IHCs in that it focuses on three featured subjects: (1) mass carbon-free hydrogen production technologies to fuel hydrail trains and other vehicles; (2) the economic importance of avoiding commitment to new externally powered rail lines - especially for streetcars; and (3) hydrogen fuel cell streetcars: the hydrolley and its revolutionary significance for urban transportation planning.

Spotlighting Canada: Canada's long-standing leadership role in hydrail introduction will be emphasized. The Canadian Consulate to North Carolina plays a major role in producing this year's Hydrail Conference and several Canadian speakers will present.

The Excursion: In 2006, Denmark's Hydrogen Innovation and Research Center (Herning, Denmark) delighted conferees on the second day of the conference with a rail excursion. A rail excursion is part of the 2009 IHC as well. The Charlotte Area Transit System will host a ride down their new and extrordinarily successful LYNX Blue Line (light rail) for a tour of CATS's rolling stock maintenance facility.

International Updates: As usual, there will be updates by international speakers on the progress of hydrail around the world and how today's economical and political change will affect the technology in coming years.

On Policy: Policy discussion will play a greater role than usual as several elected officials with transit-related roles are expected to join in.

Produced By: The Charlotte Research Institute of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Appalachian State University Energy Center at Boone, NC; Mooresville's Hydrogen Economy Advancement Team; more sponsors are welcome and expected as the time approaches.