Florida Solar Energy Center Announces the 2007 Short Course in Fuel Cell Technology

Scientists, engineers, educators and others interested in learning both the basic and applied aspects of fuel cells are encouraged to attend “The 2007 Short Course in Fuel Cell Technology” to be offered at the Florida Solar Energy Center February 4 – 7, 2007. The course is co-sponsored by Scribner Associates and The Electrochemical Society.

The 4-day program will focus on polymer electrolyte and direct methanol fuel cells. Lectures present the theory of fuel cell operation and outline the principles behind state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, and complementary laboratory sessions provide hands-on training of fuel cell testing and performance evaluation for all participants.

The course is suitable for scientists and engineers working in or entering the fuel cell industry; employees of industries that have recently invested or plan to invest in fuel cell technology, and science and engineering graduate students desiring an understanding of fuel cell technology. It is also aimed at science and engineering faculty whose expertise lie in other fields and are looking to enter the field of fuel cells. The course will be valuable to people who wish to acquire a quick working knowledge of fuel cells and utilize this information in their work. It is structured to ensure that no prior knowledge of electrochemistry or fuel cell technology is required for participation.

Instructors are James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center; Russell Kunz, professor-in-residence in chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut; Vijay Ramani, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Kevin Cooper, a scientist with Scribner Associates, Inc.

For a copy of the program agenda, registration and fees and other information, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu/fuelcellcourse/.

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in the country. Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy areas. For more information about the center, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.

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