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National fuel cell experts get energized in Seattle

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April 09, 2003 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. — Members of a national team tasked with speeding the development of affordable, mass-produced fuel cells will meet in Seattle on April 15 and 16, 2003, at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Industrial teams will display prototypes of their fuel cells and program managers will discuss technology progress and new applications for solid oxide fuel cells. U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell will give the keynote address: "Effective Utilization of Fossil Fuels: A Key to Our Energy Future" and Rep. Norman Dicks will be the luncheon speaker. Cantwell is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, April 15 at 9:25 a.m. in the Bay Auditorium and Dicks is scheduled to speak at 11:45 a.m. in the Harbor Dining Room.

Representatives of two Seattle-based companies, Boeing and PACCAR, will discuss their roles in the "Auxiliary Power for Commercial Aircraft" and "Truck of the Future" government programs respectively. Military officials will report on their fuel cell programs and an environmental panel will discuss the role of fossil fuels and fuel cells.

The presentations are part of the Solid-State Energy Conversion Alliance - a collaboration of U.S. industry, universities and research institutions created in 1999 to advance the development and commercialization of low-cost solid oxide fuel cells for stationary, transportation and military applications.

SECA is led by two Department of Energy national laboratories - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., and the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Penn. and Morgantown, W.Va.

DOE and its research laboratories are supporting development of SOFCs because they potentially offer a solution to many of the nation's energy challenges. The DOE labs provide basic research to overcome technical barriers and gain the fundamental understanding required to make a fuel cell system practical.

Industrial teams are developing the systems according to specifications for cost, performance, size and weight in order to make SOFCs a practical energy choice. SECA's goal is to create a 3-10 kilowatt solid oxide fuel cell power generation system by 2010 that can be mass- produced in modular form for less than $400 per kilowatt.

More information on the SECA program and the agenda for the annual meeting can be on NETL's website.

Tags: Energy, Fuel Cells

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