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John H. Scott -- "Discussing Fuel Cells - A NASA Perspective"

Picture of John ScottPlease join Oakland University in welcoming John H. Scott to our campus Thursday at 3:30 PM on October 23, 2003 in the Ballroom of the Oakland Center. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information about this event, contact the School of Engineering and Computer Science at 248.370.2217.

Scott began his career with NASA in 1986. Since then, he has worked on a wide range of projects including the Advanced Solid Rocket Motor Project with the Space Shuttle program and the Space Shuttle Long Duration Orbiter program. He also has served as the Structures and Mechanics Division Chief Engineer for the International Space Station (ISS) program and as the Engineering Directorate Manager for the certification of NASA and Russian-provided loose cargo for use throughout the ISS.

The promise of fuel cells has been gaining world attention in recent years as researchers look to this "clean-energy" technology to power cars, trucks, aircraft, laptop computers and cell phones. By combining hydrogen fuel with oxygen, fuel cells can produce electric power while emitting only pure water as exhaust. NASA began using fuel cells for power aboard spacecraft in the 1960s. Earlier this year, President Bush called for Congress to budget $1.7 billion over the next five years for further development of this technology.

Fuel cells are nothing new to Mr. Scott, this year's featured speaker at the Hammerle Lecture. Scott is the deputy chief of the Power Systems Branch of the Johnson Space Center's Energy Systems Division. In this role, he supervises more than 20 engineers engaged in the development and certification of fuel cells, batteries and pyrotechnics, along with electric power distribution and control equipment in support of NASA programs.


NASA Glenn Research Center Electrochemistry Branch site on batteries and fuel cells

Books about Fuel Cells available online:

  • United States. Dept. of Energy. Fuel cell report to Congress. 2003
  • Yoshida, Phyllis Genther. Fuel cell vehicles : race to a new automotive future. 2003

Journal articles about Fuel Cells available online:

  • $2 billion fuel cell market. Energy Spring 2003 v28 i2 p23.
  • Crull, Anna Welch and Hooker, Richard D. How fuel cells are adding up: once a technological oddity, they are now a technological achievement with commercial promise. Energy Summer 2002 v27 i3 p4(5).
  • Dornheim, Michael A. Fuel Cells Debut Micro drone could fly 3 hr., but so far has managed only 5 min. Aviation Week & Space Technology 158, no. 22 (Jun 2, 2003): p. 52
  • Harvey, Fiona. We're being gassed by a lot of hot air. Engineer, v 292, n 7627, May 16, 2003, p 18
  • Libby Tucker. Fuel for debate: gas guzzlers are an environmental hazard. Can car engineers clean up their act? Science World April 18, 2003 v59 i13 p10(4).
  • Toshiba develops prototype laptop fuel cell with five hours of operation. New Materials Japan June 2003 p5.

Books about Fuel Cells available in the Kresge Library:

  • Motavalli, Jim. Forward drive : the race to build "clean" cars for the future. 2000
  • Stobart, Richard. Fuel cell technology for vehicles. 2001
  • Search the Library catalog for the Subject Fuel Cells

Print articles on Fuel Cells at Kresge Library:

  • Tromp, Tracey K, et al (California Institute of Technology). Potential environmental impact of a hydrogen economy on the stratosphere. Science, v 300, n 5626, Jun 13, 2003, p 1740-1742.

Created on 12/12/06 by 11/21/02 by Robert Slater / Last updated on 8/25/13 by Robert Slater
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