Abstract Title

A Fuel Cell System

Abstract

In the US and around the globe, over 60% of our electricity is from burning fossil fuels. Fuel cells can be twice as efficient and have the potential to dramatically change the way electricity is generated. When hydrogen and oxygen meet on the electrolyte plate, a catalyst spurs a reaction that creates H2O and electricity, without greenhouse emissions. Emissions can be generated through obtaining hydrogen, but with significantly less greenhouse gases and higher fuel-energy conversion.

There is a unique opportunity to study a large commercial fuel cell, a 150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell Module (FCM). This FCM was donated by a company represented by the letter B*, per a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The FCM weighs 720 pounds and works with 9 other units to create one megawatt of power. 1 unit is disassembled.

The Objective of this project is to understand gas distribution, exhaust and operating conditions, focusing on the flow of hydrogen, oxygen and water in the module. To achieve this objective, the 150 kW FCM will be dissembled and mapped. All parts taken out will be identified and reassembled.

Modified Abstract

In the US and around the globe, over 60% of our electricity is from burning fossil fuels. Fuel cells can be twice as efficient and can dramatically change the way electricity is generated. When hydrogen and oxygen meet on the electrolyte plate, a catalyst spurs a reaction that creates H2O and electricity, without greenhouse emissions.

There is a unique opportunity to study a large donated commercial fuel cell, a 150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell Module (FCM). The FCM weighs 720 pounds. 1 unit is disassembled.

The Objective of this project is to understand gas distribution, exhaust and operating conditions, focusing on the flow of hydrogen, oxygen and water in the module. To achieve this objective, the 150 kW FCM will be dissembled and mapped.

Research Category

Professional Practice, Outreach, Engagement

Author Information

Angela DeibelFollow

Primary Author's Major

Marketing

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Yanhai

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Start Date

April 2019

Research Area

Mechanical Engineering

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A Fuel Cell System

In the US and around the globe, over 60% of our electricity is from burning fossil fuels. Fuel cells can be twice as efficient and have the potential to dramatically change the way electricity is generated. When hydrogen and oxygen meet on the electrolyte plate, a catalyst spurs a reaction that creates H2O and electricity, without greenhouse emissions. Emissions can be generated through obtaining hydrogen, but with significantly less greenhouse gases and higher fuel-energy conversion.

There is a unique opportunity to study a large commercial fuel cell, a 150 Kilowatt Fuel Cell Module (FCM). This FCM was donated by a company represented by the letter B*, per a Non-Disclosure Agreement. The FCM weighs 720 pounds and works with 9 other units to create one megawatt of power. 1 unit is disassembled.

The Objective of this project is to understand gas distribution, exhaust and operating conditions, focusing on the flow of hydrogen, oxygen and water in the module. To achieve this objective, the 150 kW FCM will be dissembled and mapped. All parts taken out will be identified and reassembled.