150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell System; Investigative Deconstruction

Angela Deibel
Kyle Angermeier, Kent State University - Kent Campus

Abstract

Motivation: In the US and around the globe, over 60% of our electricity is from burning fossil fuels. Fuel cells can be twice as efficient as conventional power generation technologies and have the potential to dramatically change the way we generate electricity.

Opportunity: There is a unique opportunity to study a large commercial fuel cell, a 150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell Module (FCM). This FCM was donated by FirstEnergy and originally manufactured by Ballard to create one megawatt of power between 9 total FCMs.

The Objective of this project is to understand the engineering behind a fuel cell system. To achieve this objective, the 150 kW FCM will be dissembled. All individual components of the FCM will be identified, taken out, and replaced while documenting the process and conducting a literature review on the functions of each subdivision. The students will gain experience with fuel cell systems that cannot be conveyed through literature. The process starts with review of given literature on the Ballard fuel cell modules, and deconstruction follows while including thorough documentation of each component, how it functions and how it works with the rest of the system. These records will provide reference for future research and study concerning fuel cells, their systems and their applications.

 
Apr 5th, 1:00 PM

150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell System; Investigative Deconstruction

Motivation: In the US and around the globe, over 60% of our electricity is from burning fossil fuels. Fuel cells can be twice as efficient as conventional power generation technologies and have the potential to dramatically change the way we generate electricity.

Opportunity: There is a unique opportunity to study a large commercial fuel cell, a 150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell Module (FCM). This FCM was donated by FirstEnergy and originally manufactured by Ballard to create one megawatt of power between 9 total FCMs.

The Objective of this project is to understand the engineering behind a fuel cell system. To achieve this objective, the 150 kW FCM will be dissembled. All individual components of the FCM will be identified, taken out, and replaced while documenting the process and conducting a literature review on the functions of each subdivision. The students will gain experience with fuel cell systems that cannot be conveyed through literature. The process starts with review of given literature on the Ballard fuel cell modules, and deconstruction follows while including thorough documentation of each component, how it functions and how it works with the rest of the system. These records will provide reference for future research and study concerning fuel cells, their systems and their applications.