This Wednesday and Thursday Chattanooga will host a technology summit focusing on, among other things, fuel cells. The fuel cell on exhibit, made by Silicon Valley-based Ion America, was installed near the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's SIM Center earlier this year. Project manager Jim Henry, a UTC engineering professor, said the unit is about the size of a refrigerator and is one of the most powerful for its design in the United States, according to an article in the Chattanooga Times. While the fuel cell currently runs on natural gas, the idea is to power it in the future with ethanol, and the hydrogen produced by the unit could be used to power automobiles.

The summit brings together over 500 businesses, individuals and groups from the Tennessee Valley Corridor, a non-profit group covering a four-state region that promotes "the Tennessee Valley Corridor as one of the nation's premier science and technology centers, and to leveraging the Corridor's world-class research institutions and technology assets for maximum regional economic development and new job creation."

[Source: Chattanooga Times via Alt-fuel.org]

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