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Electrochemical Energy Summit

220th ECS Meeting and Electrochemical Energy Summit

Boston, MA | Meeting: October 9-14, 2011 | Summit: October 9-11, 2011
Westin Boston Waterfront and the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

For more information and to register, click here.
All technical registrations include the Electrochemical Energy Summit.

Deadline for the Early-Bird rate is September 9, 2011.

Please note the plenary lecture will be presented on Sunday, October 9 at 16:30h!


Global energy needs continue to grow with population and industrialization. Economic, political, and environmental issues are largely dictated by energy needs. The first Electrochemical Energy Summit — An International Summit in Support of Societal Energy Needs — brings together policy makers and researchers to educate about the critical issues of energy needs and the pivotal research in electrochemical energy that can address societal needs. The Summit will facilitate interactions between policy makers and researchers through a plenary, panel discussion, poster session, and associated social events and receptions. A Directory of Electrochemical Energy Research will be generated from the poster attendees and an electronic version will be made available at no cost.

Panel Discussion
Monday, October 10, 1630-1830h
Harbor Ballroom III, Conference Level, Westin Boston Waterfront

Panelists will integrate the questions of energy with the solutions that electrochemical power systems can provide. The discussion will be an education for both policy makers and researchers on the issues and potential solutions.

Krishnan Rajeshwar is the panel Moderator. Prof. Rajeshwar is a Distinguished University Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the Editor of Interface. His research interests include photoelectrochemistry; solar energy conversion; renewable energy; materials chemistry; semiconductor electrochemistry; and environmental chemistry. Prof. Rajeshwar is an ECS Fellow and received the ECS Energy Technology Division Research Award in 2009. He has edited books, special issues of journals, and conference proceedings and is the author of over 450 refereed publications.

Eric D. Isaacs, a prominent University of Chicago physicist with a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the area of magnetic semiconductors, is the President of UChicago Argonne, LLC, and Director of Argonne National Laboratory. He previously served as Argonneís deputy laboratory director for programs, leading the laboratoryís strategic planning process and overseeing the laboratory-directed research and development program and educational programs, and Director of Nanoscale Materials. He was a professor of physics in the University of Chicagoís James Franck Institute, and spent 13 years at Bell Laboratories, where he was a member of the technical staff, Director of the Materials Physics Research Department, and Director of the Semiconductor Physics Department. As a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Laboratories he studied magnetism and correlated electronic systems, mostly with synchrotron-based X-ray techniques. Dr. Isaacs is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has served on a number of national scientific advisory committees, including the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, and has authored or coauthored more than 140 scientific papers and presentations.

Tatsuya Shinkawa is the Chief Representative, Washington, DC international office, of New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan. Previously he worked on the electricity policy, nuclear safety policy, and economic and industrial policy in Japanís Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and was in charge of the electricity policy from 2000 to 2004. He designed the LLP law of Japan and also was formerly Director, Human Resource Policy Office, Economic and Industrial Policy Bureau, METI. He earned his masterís degree at Kyushu University, Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, Japan, and was a visiting researcher in Stanford University.

Detlef Stolten received his doctorate in ceramics from the University of Technology at Clausthal, Germany and served as a research scientist with Robert Bosch, and group and project leader with Daimler Benz/Dornier, prior to joining the Juelich Research Center. He is a full professor for fuel cell technology at the University of Technology (RWTH) at Aachen, Germany. Professor Stolten chaired the Strategic Research Agenda for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells of the EU until 2005 and is the current chair of the Executive Committee of the IEA Annex Advanced Fuel Cells and the cochair of IEAís Expert Group on Science for Energy. The author of two books and member of the advisory board of Fuel Cells, Professor Stoltenís research focuses on fuel cells and hydrogen comprising electrochemistry, stack technology, and energy process engineering of SOFC, DMFC, high temperature PEM, liquid fuel reforming systems, and auxiliary power units as well as water electrolysis. Additionally, he heads a group working on carbon separation in power plants.

John A. Turner holds a PhD from Colorado State University, served as a postdoctoral appointment at the California Institute of Technology, and is a Fellow of the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute. He is currently a Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, conducting research with enabling technologies for the implementation of hydrogen systems into the energy infrastructure. His research includes direct conversion (photoelectrolysis) systems for hydrogen production from sunlight and water, catalysts for the hydrogen and oxygen reactions, materials for advanced fuel cell membranes, and corrosion studies of fuel cell metal bipolar plates. Other work involves the study of electrode materials for high energy density lithium batteries and fundamental processes of charge transfer at semiconductor electrodes. He is a two-time recipient of the Midwestern Research Institute Presidentís Award for Exceptional Performance in Research, and has received several other awards including six Outstanding Mentor Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy for his work with undergraduate students. He is the author or coauthor of over 130 peer-reviewed publications and coeditor of the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Mark Verbrugge began his nearly 25-year General Motors career with the GM Research Labs after receiving his doctorate in chemical engineering from the College of Chemistry at the University of California (Berkeley). During his time at GM he was awarded a Sloan Fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an MBA. He then returned to join GMís Advanced Technology Vehicles (ATV) as Chief Engineer for Energy Management Systems. He later rejoined the GM Research Labs (now the Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Laboratory) as Director of the Materials and Processes Lab, which maintains global research programs ranging from chemistry, physics, and materials science to the development of structural subsystems and energy storage devices. Having published and patented in a variety of technical areas, early into his career he received the Norman Hackerman Young Author Award and the ECS Energy Technology Award. Honored with several internal GM awards, he also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Council for Automotive Research and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Poster Session

Summit posters are directed at research activities on electrochemical energy. (Click here to see a full listing of the posters.) This is an opportunity for researchers to demonstrate electrochemical technologies and science that can address global energy needs. The posters will be manned on Sunday afternoon after the opening session, on Monday afternoon before the panel discussion, and on Tuesday. Tuesday will provide an additional opportunity for program managers and other government officials to talk with researchers.

Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle

SunHydro Car

Come see the Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle-Advanced (FCHV-adv) on display at the Westin Boston Waterfront from Sunday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

The Toyota FCHV-adv is being displayed courtesy of Proton OnSite and SunHydro hydrogen fueling systems. Proton and SunHydro are partners in the development of renewable electrolysis based hydrogen fueling solutions for a wide range of vehicle requirements. Proton has partnered with Toyota in deploying a fleet of 10 FCHV-adv vehicles in Connecticut, and is managing a groundbreaking test and demonstration program at its prototype SunHydro station in Wallingford, CT. The SunHydro station installed at Protonís corporate headquarters is the first privately funded and publicly available station in the United States, and is demonstrating a truly unique configuration that will enable the mass deployment of cost effective hydrogen infrastructure. By coordinating the rollout of SunHydro fueling stations with fuel cell vehicle rollout, Proton and SunHydro are directly supporting the commercialization efforts of vehicle OEMís around the world.

The Toyota Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle advanced (FCHV-adv) is based on the popular Toyota Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle. It utilizes the same core hybrid synergy drive (HSD) technology utilized in the Toyota Prius.

The FCHV-adv fuel cell system features four compressed hydrogen fuel tanks, an electric motor, a nickel-metal hydride battery, and a power control unit. Hydrogen gas is fed into the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen. The electricity produced by this chemical reaction is used to power the electric motor and to charge the battery. In 2009, the FCHV-adv achieved an estimated range of 431 miles on a single full tank of compressed hydrogen gas, and an average fuel economy of 68.3 miles/kg (approximate mpg equivalent) during a day-long trip down the southern California coast. In addition to superior fuel economy, the FCHV-adv is smog-free, with water vapor as its only byproduct. In other words, it produces zero emissions while driving.

Over the next three years, more than 100 FCHV-adv vehicles will be deployed as part of an expanded demonstration program. Customers include universities, private companies, and government agencies as well as government agencies in both California and New York. The demonstration program aims to increase awareness of fuel cell technology and spur development of much-needed infrastructure prior to the planned market introduction in 2015.

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