The focus of the 2013 Electrochemical Energy Summit (E2S) will be on the Energy–Water Nexus, with a special symposium focused on the increasing global demands for both energy and water, which pose formidable challenges to these interconnected infrastructure systems. ECS Executive Director Roque Calvo wrote that the Summit “will be a very exciting and important event with several excellent invited speakers talking about policy and funding in these areas including Congressman Jerry McNerney, 9th District of California. He is the only renewable energy expert in Congress and sits on the House Committee on Energy & Commerce. There will also be a showcase of electrochemical energy activities from research groups in industry, academia, and government laboratories, and a student poster session.
“The Summits were created because ECS leadership felt that it was time to take stock in our role of this increasingly-relevant science and how we should contribute to, and advocate for, the development of new technologies that help the sustainability of our planet.
“The worldwide relevance of our science is having a major impact on ECS and the future of electrochemistry. There has never been a more significant period of development for electrochemical science and technology, and the science has never had a greater role in ‘making the world a better place.’
“In conversation with Henry Ford in 1931, Thomas Edison said, ‘We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy—sun, wind, and tide. ... I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.’ We are not in imminent danger of running out of oil and coal at this time, but these energy sources have created immeasurable environmental and socio-economic problems, which can be resolved with electrochemical processes that capture the power of the inexhaustible sources of energy that Edison described.”
New Honorary Members Named — Allen J. Bard and John B. Goodenough were named Honorary Members at a special presentation at The University of Texas. Honorary Membership is one of the Society’s highest honors, given for outstanding contributions to ECS.
Congratulations ECSJ!—The Electrochemical Society of Japan (ECSJ) celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. At the invitation of presiding ECSJ President Kiyohiko Nakae, ECS President Fernando Garzon and Executive Director Roque Calvo participated in a memorable anniversary celebration, and had an opportunity to reflect on the long-term relationship between ECS and ECSJ.
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