For Immediate Release


Contact: Kenneth Sheinkopf
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1007
FAX: (321) 638-1010
Florida Solar Energy Center Announces the 2007 Short Course in Fuel Cell Technology
Scientists, engineers, educators and others interested in learning both the basic 
and applied aspects of fuel cells are encouraged to attend "The 2007 Short Course 
in Fuel Cell Technology" to be offered at the Florida Solar Energy Center February 
4 - 7, 2007.  The course is co-sponsored by Scribner Associates and The 
Electrochemical Society.

The 4-day program will focus on polymer electrolyte and direct methanol fuel 
cells. Lectures present the theory of fuel cell operation and outline the 
principles behind state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, and complementary 
laboratory sessions provide hands-on training of fuel cell testing and performance 
evaluation for all participants.

The course is suitable for scientists and engineers working in or entering the 
fuel cell industry; employees of industries that have recently invested or plan to 
invest in fuel cell technology, and science and engineering graduate students 
desiring an understanding of fuel cell technology. It is also aimed at science and 
engineering faculty whose expertise lie in other fields and are looking to enter 
the field of fuel cells. The course will be valuable to people who wish to acquire 
a quick working knowledge of fuel cells and utilize this information in their 
work. It is structured to ensure that no prior knowledge of electrochemistry or 
fuel cell technology is required for participation. 

Instructors are James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center; Russell 
Kunz, professor-in-residence in chemical engineering at the University of 
Connecticut; Vijay Ramani, assistant professor of chemical engineering at the 
Illinois Institute of Technology, and Kevin Cooper, a scientist with Scribner 
Associates, Inc. 

For a copy of the program agenda, registration and fees and other information, 

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central 
Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in 
the country.  Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, 
solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, 
alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy 
areas.  For more information about the center, visit or call the 
FSEC Public Affairs Office at (321) 638-1015.