Clean Technology 2009

The Future of Energy Conversion and Storage:

Batteries, fuel cells, capacitors, hydrogen and storage

Sunday May 3, 2009, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Houston, Texas


This course presents a comprehensive base for understanding the current state of industrial development of fuel cells, batteries and capacitors as elements of mobile and stationary energy supply systems. Basic principles of operation and future developments needs are discussed.

Pro’s and con’s of the different technical approaches are analyzed with respect to opportunities and barriers for large scale utilization of galvanic systems, in particular the energy density, the dynamic range of different types of fuels cells, batteries or capacitors, the material demand, system integration and device durability issues. Examples include low, medium and high temperature fuel cells, Ni-MH-, Li- and other battery types, different types of capacitors.

Furthermore, particular attention is given to energy storage and fuel supply: hydrogen generation via solar-, bio- and thermo-chemical processes and hydrogen storage concepts are compared with ”plug in” and hybrid solutions, based on the existing electricity supply chain as well as on the existing carbon-containing fuels. The economic prospects of contemporary and future solutions for energy conversion and storage based on fuel cells, batteries, capacitors and hydrogen are briefly discussed.

Who should attend?

Technically interested researchers, consultants and governemental officials, industrial manufacturers, project and business developers.


Monika Willert-Porada Dr. Monika Willert-Porada is a Professor in Materials Processing at the University of Bayreuth, Bavaria, Germany. Dr. Willert-Porada’s research focuses on development of new processes, by implementation of new sources of electrical energy, like e.g., laser and microwave radiation as well as different types of plasma’s into processing of materials with the aim at selective heating, low temperature processing and synthesis of materials for energy conversion. Her teaching focuses on environmental aspects of raw materials synthesis as well as on high quality materials for batteries, fuel cells and PV systems.

Dr. Willert-Porada has co-authored in excess of 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is engaged in science advisory boards of local and national laboratories. She is Founder and since 1997 President of InVerTec, an independent research institute working in close collaboration with the University of Bayreuth on the development of sustainable and energy efficient processes for production of key raw materials, like e.g. high purity Si, nanoscaled oxides for photocatalysis and TCO’s for powder based coatings. Another activity of InVerTec is utilisation of new technologies for recycling of valuable polymers and catalyst metals. Dr. Willert-Porada is further engaged as Coordinator of an interdisciplinary research institute located at the University of Bayreuth and devoted to R&D for Glass Manufacturing & Coating.

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