Florida Solar Energy Center’s Action Plan for Hydrogen

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is strengthening its activities in hydrogen and fuel cells. The first activity to solidify hydrogen resources at FSEC is the appointment of the new Hydrogen Research and Development Division Director Dr. Ali Raissi…

Cocoa, Florida – October 10, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) is strengthening its activities in hydrogen and fuel cells. The first activity to solidify hydrogen resources at FSEC is the appointment of the new Hydrogen Research and Development Division Director Dr. Ali Raissi. “This is an extremely important activity and, with the award of the US$5.4 million NASA hydrogen contract, we had to create a new division and appoint a director for this very important research group,” said FSEC Director Dr. David Block. “The recruitment lasted more than three months and produced a large number of qualified individuals. From this group, Dr. Raissi was highly recommended and selected.” The 20-year veteran of hydrogen research is co-principal investigator of FSEC’s new multi-million dollar NASA-funded hydrogen research grant. In addition, Raissi has been involved in FSEC’s hydrogen program since 1987 and, during this time, he has readily proven his capabilities. He is a prolific researcher, has published more than 100 publications and has been awarded 10 patents. Before joining FSEC, Raissi worked on thermochemical hydrogen production at the University of Hawaii. In addition to his hydrogen activities, Raissi has conducted extensive research in environmental photocatalysis. This process uses light to clean chemical contaminants from polluted air and water. FSEC has been conducting hydrogen research for the U.S. DOE to develop hydrogen as a clean, abundant and, most importantly, locally produced fuel since 1985.
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