Learn about Fuel Cell Technologies Office webinars held in 2011 through the descriptions and linked materials below. Also view webinar archives from other years.

Webinars presented in 2011:

Hydrogen Storage Materials Database Demonstration

December 13, 2011

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has launched a hydrogen storage materials database to collect and disseminate materials data and accelerate advanced materials research and development. Marni Lenahan of BCS Incorporated demonstrated the functionality of the database including accessing and extracting data, submitting new material property data for inclusion, and performing organized searches.

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Hydrogen Production by PEM Electrolysis—Spotlight on Giner and Proton

May 23, 2011

Available commercially, polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis is a hydrogen-production technology that can enable a zero carbon footprint when used with renewable resources. Leaders in these research efforts, Monjid Hamdan of Giner Electrochemical Systems and Kathy Ayers of Proton Onsite discussed recent progress, as well as future scenarios for renewable hydrogen production by PEM electrolysis.

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Science Magazine Article Highlight: Moving Towards Near Zero Platinum Fuel Cells

April 25, 2011

Dr. Piotr Zelenay of Los Alamos National Laboratory described his innovative work with a family of non-precious metal catalysts that approach the performance of platinum-based systems at a cost sustainable for high-power fuel cell applications. This strategy uses polyaniline as a precursor to a carbon-nitrogen template for high-temperature synthesis of catalysts incorporating iron and cobalt.

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I2CNER: An International Collaboration to Enable a Carbon-Neutral Energy Economy

March 7, 2011

This presentation focused on the new institute's research plans to catalyze efficient technologies for hydrogen production and material transformation with no carbon dioxide emission; hydrogen storage materials; hydrogen embrittlement resistant materials; high efficiency fuel cells; and safe carbon capture, ocean, and geological storage or efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to useful products.

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Photosynthesis for Hydrogen and Fuels Production

January 24, 2011

Dr. Tasios Melis of the University of California at Berkeley, a pre-eminent researcher in the field of photobiological hydrogen production, provided an overview of his invention disclosing methods and compositions to minimize the chlorophyll antenna size of photosynthesis by decreasing the expression of the novel TLA1 gene, thereby improving solar conversion efficiencies and photosynthetic productivity in plants and algae.

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