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]