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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Fuel Cell Technology - A Pathway to Clean Energy

Dr. Ned Djilali
University of Victoria

The availability of energy is crucial to our economic prosperity and quality of life. Yet this comes at the cost of emissions that threaten our health and environment. Is there a way out of this dilemma? For many the answer lies in hydrogen fuel cells, electrochemical devices that produce power and 'emit' pure water instead of pollutants and greenhouse gases.

In this talk, Dr. Ned Djilali will present an overview of fuel cells and related hydrogen technologies, fields in which Canada boasts world leadership. Fuel cells will soon power cars, electric bicycles, hospital operating rooms, and cellular phones. This is just the beginning of a cleaner energy future in which our energy supply will be liberated from a dominant source, and hydrogen will become the primary energy currency.

Ned Djilali is Professor and Associate Dean of Engineering at the University of Victoria. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and is currently President of the CFD Society of Canada. His research interests span turbulence, membrane separation processes and fuel cell technology. From 1998 to 2000, he led the highly successful Next Generation Fuel Cell Technology (NGFT) program at UVic's Institute for Integrated Energy Systems.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2002 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am