Jim Cast Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1779) Linda Dukes-Campbell Lewis Research Center, Cleveland

, OH (Phone: 216/433-8920)

January 26, 1995

Don Nolan Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, CA (Phone: 805/258-3447) Jim Doyle Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA (Phone: 818/354-5011) RELEASE: 95-8 NASA TO DEDICATE NEW FUEL CELL DEVELOPMENT TESTBED NASA officials will dedicate a new testbed at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert on Jan. 31 for development of a solar-powered regenerative fuel cell system that will one day provide clean and efficient renewable electric power. Officials from NASA Headquarters, the Lewis Research Center Cleveland, OH, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Pasadena, CA, will dedicate the recently refurbished facility. The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. PST at the Dryden Flight Research Center Auditorium and will be led by Donald Campbell, Director of the Lewis Research Center. The new testbed site is just north of Dryden. Attendees will be transported between the two sites via an experimental fuel cell bus. Campbell said the new testbed is the heart of the Lewis Research Center's new government and industry multiuse regenerative fuel cell program and mirrors the administration's policy of developing technologies that

will both foster U.S. competitiveness and, at the same time, support government programs. -more-2A regenerative fuel cell system consists of a fuel cell, an electrolyzer and a photovoltaic solar array. The fuel cell directly converts hydrogen fuel and oxygen into electricity and water with no burning of the fuel. The electricity produced is supplied to the users. The water produced is stored and then regenerated back into hydrogen and oxygen by means of the solar-powered electrolyzer. A regenerative fuel cell system consumes sunlight and, because it is regenerative, is able to produce electricity both day and night. Dr. Marvin Warshay, chief of the Electrochemical Technology Branch at Lewis Research Center, said regenerative fuel cell programs are good examples of multiuse programs which have obvious public benefits and will improve jobs in the United States. In the greater Cleveland area, several area industries are already in line to participate in the program and share part of the commercial benefits. The multi-use regenerative fuel cell programs are being led by Lewis with JPL as an active member of the Lewis fuel cell team. Among the many applications foreseen by officials of the program are clean and efficient electric cars, buses and locomotives. The systems also could provide communities with a cleaner and much less expensive means of power distribution. In future years regenerative fuel cell systems and their component technologies could be used for on-site generation of hydrogen and oxygen for chemical processing plants and as a stand-alone in remote locations. -endNOTE TO EDITORS: News media wishing to attend the dedication ceremonies should contact Donald Nolan at the Dryden Flight Research Center, 805-258-3447, for directions and further information.

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