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American Museum of Natural History Sci-Cafe Features emc2 Director

March 5th, 2010 ›

"Of the 10 biggest problems perceived to be facing the world today, No. 1 is our need for energy," said Héctor Abruña, quoting late Cal Tech Professor Nate Lewis.  Abruña, an expert in fuel cell technology, was the featured speaker at the American Museum of Natural History's SciCafe in New York City on March 3.

AMNH/R. MickensSpeaking on "Fuel Cells: A Look Into the Future of Energy Technology" at the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Abruña, the Emile M. Chamot Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Energy Materials Center at Cornell (which includes the Cornell Fuel Cell Institute), discussed a range of solutions to meet the world's energy needs, including hydrogen, solar, nuclear and wind.

"The world uses 13 terawatts of power," Abruña told the capacity crowd, many with chemistry and physics degrees, "a quarter of it by Americans." With almost all that energy produced from fossil fuels, "it is certain, they will run out," he said.

When asked if there were a solution to the world's energy needs, Abruña said, "we already have all the energy we need in the sun. We just haven't found a good way to utilize and store it."

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This article adapted from the full Cornell Chronicle article by John Mikytuck, CU '90.

More information about the SciCafe series from AMNH, including the podcast of his talk.

Event listing from the New York Academy of Sciences.