Entries in "Fuel Cells" ( for this category only)

Ohio's Fuel Cell Environment

Pat Valente, Executive Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition, talks about Ohio's fuel cell environment in a Q&A article published November 19, 2009 on hiVelocity.

hiVelocity is a web-based publication highlighting Ohio's new economy.

Backyard Fuel Cell

Wired reports that Stephen Friend built the first fuel cell-powered house. He lives on Stuart Island in the Pacific Northwest and the island has no electric system.

[VIA: MAKE: Blog, March 20, 2007]

Money for Portable Fuel Cells

The Plain Dealer (November 15, 2006) reports that NorTech has distributed $1 million in grant money, includings funds to Case.

The Wright Fuel Cell Group will receive $150,000 to build portable fuel cells created with Ohio-made products. Case Western Reserve University, Graf-Tech, HydroGen, Contained Energy, Northeast Hydrogen and Chemsultants are part of the fuel cell group.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 15, 2006]

Do you Think of Ohio for Fuel Cells?

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 12, 2006), millions of research money has been focused into Ohio's fuel cell research programs.

[VIA: Case Daily, November 13, 2006]

Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference in Akron, Ohio

The Northern Ohio Energy Management Conference will be held at the John S. Knight Convention Center (Akron, Ohio) on October 3 and 4, 2006. It will include a tradeshow and workshops for professional development credit hours.

Examples of sessions include:

  • National Energy Policy and the Role of Manufacturing Plays in Promoting Effective Use of Our Energy Resources with John Egler, President & CEO of the National Associationof Manufacturers and former Governor of Michigan
  • Fuel Cells: Making Ohio Number One with Ken Alfred, Executive Director of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition
  • True Benefits of Hybrids and Alternative Fuel Vehicles

See the conference brochure (PDF) for more details.

This conference is sponsored by the Cleveland Engineering Society and MAGNET - Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network.

Fuel Cells in 2007

CNET News.com in Big Tests For Fuel Cells Coming in 2007 looks at the future of fuel cells.

Next year fuel cells could take a significant step forward, according to a CEO of one of the leading manufacturers of the technology.
Predicted 2007 milestones:
  • U.S. military will conduct field tests of hybrid power systems, which combine lithium ion batteries and methanol fuel cells
  • Prototypes of fuel cell to power Samsung cell phones

Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy

From ScienceBase:

Hydrogen fuel cells have been relatively neglected through insufficient support from industry and government, according to a study published today funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
Read the full commentary at ScienceBase looking at fuel cells as disruptive technology or browse the documents related to the research at ESRC.
Award Name: The Development and Diffusion of Fuel Cell Technology as a Disruptive Innovation
Award Holder: Prof Chris Hendry
Programme Name: Sustainable Technologies
Co-applicant(s): Dr P Harborne, Prof C Arcoumanis

Carbon-based Fuel Cell

The Cleveland Plain Dealer (July 18, 2006) shared information on a direct carbon fuel cell that will be tested at the Wright Fuel Cell Group on the Case Western Reserve University campus. The New twist on fuel cells article describes a fuel cell that uses carbon dioxide from the air.

(VIA: Case Daily, July 18, 2006)

Case Engineering Dean Stepping Down

After leading the Case Western Reserve University Case School of Engineering to record highs in fundraising, research expenditures and improved relations with its alumni, Robert F. Savinell will step down as dean effective December 31, 2006, in order to focus on his research in fuel cells and electrochemistry.

See the full announcement for transition details and the accomplishments during Savinell's leadership.

Fuel Cell Mixes with Porn Company for Pseudo IPO

Here is an interesting way to quickly get to an initial public offering. A company that creates a membrane for methanol fuel cells used the old shell of a porn company to quickly go public.

From: CNET News.com Future Tech Blog, March 17, 2006

More Research @ CASE

The Observer (February 17, 2006) highlighted Case's new West Quad that will consist of various research programs. The initial structure contains the Cleveland Center for Structural Biology (CCSB) and the Wright Fuel Cell Group.

Future Energy Options

What energy options do we have?
Reported by Scott Newell (WKYC)

Case Western was mentioned:

Case Western Reserve University recently got a $3 million federal grant to develop one component of the fuel cell.

But hydrogen fuel cell cars are at least 10 years off.

"Primarily because of the technological problems on trying to improve the durability of a fuel cell, having it last longer under automobile use and decreasing overall cost of a fuel cell," Case Western Reserve's Peter Pintauro said.

Energy: A 21st Century Perspective

I attended Energy: A 21st Century Perspective on Thursday, June 3rd. It really opened my eyes to the many scientific, economic, political, and social aspects of managing energy resources in the U.S. and throughout the world. The speakers focused on several topics, including economics of energy, technology development, coal, nuclear energy, hydrogen for energy, renewable resources, and fuel cells.

Summary information will be appearing on the web site in the future, including actual power point presentations and a streaming video of the conference. As more information is shared, I will update my posting.

Steven Koonin, Chief Scientist for BP, gave one of the most interesting presentations. (For a preview, see a similar presentation he gave to the Fermilab in April). One of the most striking slides of his presentation was how much energy the U.S. uses compared to other countries, and how little several contries, that are growing quickly, are using now.

I did note some interesting comments from the speakers:
1. The U.S. energy policies are not driven by the Department of Energy, as we all may think. EPA, Department of Transportation, etc. all have more effect on energy prices and utilization than the Dept. of Energy.
2. U.S. prices for energy (gas, electricity, etc.) are still cheaper than other areas throughout the world, because the U.S. prices do not cover the environmental consequences as other countries have calculated into their prices.
3. France's electricity is 70% nuclear power created. They also created "standard" power plants that greatly reduced contruction and operation costs (unlike the U.S. that created a different design for each power plant).
4. Improperly operated or designed coal power plants give off more radiation than nuclear power plants.
5. All agreed that we are already in a 20 year window in which drastic changes and decisions must be made to guarantee future energy supplies and environmental protection.