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Feature: Energy at the Ceramic Leadership Summit


Ceramic Leadership Summit

Advance Brochure

The first annual Ceramic Leadership Summit will discuss business opportunities, emerging technologies, critical areas for scientific advancement and process innovations challenging the ceramic materials community. The Business & Research Environment track runs on Tuesday, June 22. Online registration is closed, but you can register on site.


Session 2

1:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Materials for a Secure and
Stable Energy Future

Over the past five years, the Department of Energy’s Office of Basic
Energy Sciences has engaged thousands of scientists around the world to
study the current status, limiting factors and specific fundamental
scientific bottlenecks of the widespread implementation of alternate
energy technologies. From these efforts, it has become clear that the
magnitude of the challenge is so immense that existing approaches will
not be enough to secure our energy future. Instead, meeting the
challenge will require fundamental understanding and scientific
breakthroughs in new materials and chemical processes to make possible
new energy technologies and performance levels far beyond what is now

Speaker: John C. Hemminger, Chair, Basic Energy
Sciences Advisory Committee, DOE Office of Science, and Dean, School of
Physical Sciences, UC-Irvine
Patricia M. Dehmer, Deputy Director for
Science Programs for Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy



8:30 to 9:25 a.m.

Enabling a Nuclear Renaissance: Better, Faster, Cheaper Using
Advanced Ceramics

The nuclear industry is at the eye of a ‘perfect storm’ with fuel oil
and natural gas prices near record highs, worldwide energy demands
increasing at an alarming rate, and increased concerns about greenhouse
gas (GHG) emissions that have caused many to look negatively at
long-term use of fossil fuels.  This convergence of factors has led to a
growing interest in revitalization of the nuclear power industry within
the United States and across the globe. This session will discuss the
critical role that ceramic materials play throughout the entire fuel
cycle and the critical role of materials advancements in the ‘nuclear

Speaker: John Marra, Associate Laboratory Director,
Savannah River National Laboratory


9:30 to 10:25 a.m.

Next Steps for Fuel Cells

first talk will address the current status and future
prospects of fuel cells from the perspective of the US Fuel Cell
Council, the industry trade association. Fuel cells are entering early
markets in consumer products, generators of electricity; combined heat
and power systems, industrial vehicles, and much more. Solid oxide
systems are being developed for many of these markets, and the U.S. DOE
envisions SOFC systems as simplifying and reducing the cost of carbon
sequestration from coal. Rose will discuss the fuel cell vision, and the
steps needed to make the vision a reality. The second talk will discuss CeramTec AG’s
decision to enter into the strategic field of energy conversion. There was and is a fascination for converting energy only in two
main portions: heat and electricity. There is no need for moving parts
like pistons which will generate additional parasitic losses like
friction and noise. Where we come from defines the state-of-the-art.
Future technological, social and environmental aspects will define the
way to go. The goal is to decrease costs and complexity in the
customers’ cognition and to morph the specialty into a high volume
standard product. The challenges are material development and processing
to get well-defined, efficient and reliable products.

Speaker: Robert Rose, Senior Advisor and Founder,
U.S. Fuel Cell Council

Speaker: Claus Peter Kluge, Manager, R&D,
CeramTec AG


1 to 1:55 p.m.

An Industry Perspective: Development and Application of
Ceramic Materials for Efficient and Clean Power Generation

Two leaders from UTRC will
provide their perspective on ceramic materials development and
application for efficient and clean power generation. UTRC is the
central research organization for United Technologies Corporation – a
world leader in the development and integration of energy efficient and
clean power generation systems. UTRC plays a key role as the corporation
innovation engine, focusing on advanced technologies and bringing those
technologies to the marketplace. UTRC is a recognized leader in ceramic
matrix composite materials, ceramic barrier coatings, and demonstration
of ceramic components in gas turbine engines, as well as fuel cell
R&D. The presentation will share UTRC’s experience in materials
development, component testing, and system or sub-system demonstration
and discuss material needs for near-term efficient and low emission
power systems.

Speaker: William Tredway, Group Leader for Ceramics
and Deputy Department Leader for the Physical Sciences Department,
United Technologies Research Center

Speaker: Ellen Sun, Principal Research Scientist,
United Technologies Research Center


2 to 2:55 p.m.
Materials For Advanced Sodium Metal Halide

The world needs large-scale energy storage devices and systems that
are safe, reliable and economical. They can help to manage utility
grids, expand adoption of solar and wind power, accelerate adoption of
electric motor vehicles, and enable billions of people to come online
into the age of electricity. There are currently very few economically
viable and technically feasible storage solutions that are dispatchable
and meet the stringent cost and reliability demands. High Energy Density
Sodium Metal Halide Battery technology is emerging as one of the key
solutions, and GE is playing a leadership role in addressing the
technology challenges and taking it to the manufacturing and commercial
stages. This presentation will discuss the critical role that materials,
particularly ceramics, play in the performance and life of Sodium Metal
Halide batteries.

Speaker: Mohamed Rahmane, Senior Engineer/Project
Leader, GE Global Research

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