DOE, Deputy Secretary Poneman Visits UC Irvine

April 21, 2014

UC Irvine had the pleasure of hosting Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman from the U.S. Department of Energy as he officially revealed that the location for the 2015 Solar Decathlon will be Orange County's Great Park for the second consecutive year. Poneman also announced that of the 20 universities participating in the Decathlon, Team Orange, a UCI-led team composed of UC Irvine, Chapman University, Irvine Valley College, and Saddleback College will be participating for the first time in the competition to design and build a sustainable solar powered home. A key part of his time on campus included a visit to APEP for a presentation given by Professor Samuelsen and five graduate students, who presented some of the important fuel cell research work being conducted at the lab. Deputy Secretary Poneman showed strong interest in the research and asked the students thoughtful and insightful questions during their presentations. The Deputy Secretary concluded his visit to APEP with an opportunity to view and learn about APEP's fleet of Toyota fuel cell hybrid vehicles.