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Dr. Glenn A. Eisman, "EMERGING ENERGY CHANGES AND CHALLENGES: Fuel Cells and Hydrogen"

Date: 09/28/06
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Audience: Public
Sponsored By: School of Science and Engineering
Location: Coykendall Science Building Auditorium
Contact: David M. Clark, x3728, clarkd@newpaltz.edu
Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/sse/

Development of fuel cells for energy conversion has become a global goal with hydrogen as a clean, efficient and carbon free energy carrier. They are now being developed for both transportation and portable power sources. A hydrogen economy still requires the resolution of materials, production, storage, and distribution problems. Although total annual spending on this development exceeds $1 billion, the pace of commercialization of fuel cell technology remains slow. Dr. Eisman, Director of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research Center, will address the rationale and timing of a change from a fossil fuel-based economy and the status of the hydrogen and fuel cell development efforts. He will conclude with a review of the role of the government in facilitating the transition to a carbon-free society. [Reception at 3:30 p.m. in CSB Lounge 110.]