Fuel Cell Testbed: This testbed provides experimental facilities for studying a variety of fuel cell technologies over a wide range of power levels up to 100 kW. Our investigations extend from small-scale experiments involving materials development and fundamental transport process evaluation, to full commercial-scale systems for automotive, auxiliary power and stationary power applications. Our research scope also includes production of hydrogen by catalytic reforming of a wide range of hydrocarbon fuels. Renewable bio-fuels, which offer a carbon-neutral source of hydrogen, are derived from waste materials. The combination of waste-derived bio-fuels, fuel reforming for hydrogen production, and electrochemical conversion in fuel cells offers a full energy cycle that is nearly carbon-neutral and economically viable for distributed power generation.
System-level testing and analysis of various fuel cell technologies include: