Saga of Clean Energy
T. Nejat Veziroglu
President, International Association for Hydrogen Energy
Abstract: Engineers are problem solvers. T. Nejat Veziroglu, being a Mechanical Engineer, has been interested in global problems such as the depletion of fossil fuels and the environmental damage being caused by their utilization, and the ways and means of solving them. Right after the energy crisis of 1973, he established the Clean Energy Research Instituite (CERI) at the University of Miami, in order to find solutions to the energy and environmental problems. CERI has conducted hundreds of r&d projects covering energy and environment related problems. It has organized some sixty international conferences on heat and energy transport, environmental problems, alternative energy sources and hydrogen energy. It has published more than two hundred volumes of conference proceedings. CERI also hosted more than three hundred scientists from many countries of the world as visiting scholars. Dr. Veziroglu proposed the Hydrogen Energy System as the permanent solution to the depletion of fossil fuels and the environmental problems they cause at the CERI organized The Hydrogen Economy Miami Energy (THEME) Conference. Because of the high quality of the research carried out at CERI, it was declared Center of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Brief Biography of the Speaker: Dr. Veziroglu, a native of Turkey, graduated from the City and Guilds College, the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, with degrees in Mechanical Engineering (A.C.G.I., B.Sc.), Advanced Studies in Engineering (D.I.C.) and Heat Transfer (Ph.D.). In 1962 – after doing his military service in the Ordnance Section, serving in some Turkish government agencies and heading a private company – Dr. Veziroglu joined the University of Miami Engineering Faculty. In 1965, he became the Director of Graduate Studies and initiated the first Ph.D. Program in the School of Engineering and Architecture. He served as Chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering 1971 through 1975, in 1973 established the Clean Energy Research Institute, and was the Associate Dean for Research 1975 through 1979. He took a three years Leave of Absence (2004 through 2007) and founded UNIDO-ICHET (United Nations Industrial Development Organization – International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies) in Istanbul, Turkey. On 15 May 2009, he retired from the University of Miami.
Dr. Veziroglu organized the first major conference on Hydrogen Energy: The Hydrogen Economy Miami Energy (THEME) Conference, Miami Beach, 18-20 March 1974. At the opening of this conference, Dr. Veziroglu proposed the Hydrogen Energy System as a permanent solution for the depletion of the fossil fuels and the environmental problems caused by their utilization. Soon after, the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE) was established, and Dr. Veziroglu was elected president. As President of IAHE, in 1976 he initiated the biennial World Hydrogen Energy Conferences (WHECs), and in 2005 the biennial World Hydrogen Technologies Conventions (WHTCs).
In 1976, Dr. Veziroglu started publication of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy (IJHE) as its Editor-in-Chief, in order to publish and disseminate Hydrogen Energy related research and development results from around the world. IJHE has continuously grew; now it publishes twenty-four issues a year. He has published some 350 papers and scientific reports, edited 160 volumes of books and proceedings, and has co-authored the book “Solar Hydrogen Energy: The Power to Save the Earth”. Dr. Veziroglu has memberships in eighteen scientific organizations, has been elected to the Grade of Fellow in the British Institution of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is the Founding President of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy. Dr. Veziroglu has been the recipient of several international awards. He was presented the Turkish Presidential Science Award in 1974, made an Honorary Professor in Xian Jiaotong University of China in 1981, awarded the I. V. Kurchatov Medal by the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy of U.S.S.R. in 1982, the Energy for Mankind Award by the Global Energy Society in 1986, and elected to the Argentinean Academy of Sciences in 1988. In 2000, he was nominated for Nobel Prize in Economics, for conceiving the Hydrogen Economy and striving towards its establishment.