Irvine, Calif., July 12, 2006-- UC Irvine's National Fuel Cell Research Center, a Calit2 affiliate, is displaying its Fuel Cell Exhibit at this year's Orange County (Calif.) Fair. The exhibit debuted at the 2005 World Exposition in Aichi, Japan, where it was viewed by more than 2 million people. The exhibit is making its first U.S. appearance at the fair, which runs July 7-30 at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center in Costa Mesa.
Graduate students from the NFCRC will man the exhibit on the following days to provide explanation and answer questions: Noon - 8 p.m. on Fridays; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.on Sundays.
The exhibit will give fairgoers an up-close look at an emerging energy technology that may someday power everything from their laptop computers to cars. It features a one-minute animated video explaining how fuel cells work and a pictorial display of the technology’s current and future uses. A stationary fuel cell will be on view, with see-through panels that show the system’s internal components. There’s also an architectural model that demonstrates how a home of the future could be powered using solar power and fuel cell technology.
“Fuel cells are already being used in commercial applications like hotels; it’s not just future technology,” says Kathy Haq, NFCRC’s director of outreach and communications. “In the near future, they will be used to provide power to devices like laptops and cell phones, and even our homes.”
Kathy Haq, 949.824.1999 ext. 118, firstname.lastname@example.org