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Integration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology to Undergraduate Education in EET Programs

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Curricular Developments in Energy Education II

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.923.1 - 22.923.14



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Abed El Hameed El Madwar University of Northern Iowa

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Hameed Madwar is currently a doctorate student in the Industrial Technology Program at the University of Northern Iowa expecting to graduate on May 2011. He has a B.S in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master degree in Industrial Management. His research interests are in the area of industrial Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) and Virtual Manufacturing applications. He has more than three years of industrial experience in Manufacturing Technology and four years as a teaching assistant in the areas of Circuits Designs, Renewable Energy, Electrical Power and Machinery.

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Kenan Baltaci University of Northern Iowa


Reg Recayi Pecen University of Northern Iowa Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Pecen holds a B.S.E.E. and an M.S. in Controls and Computer Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S.E.E. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He has served as graduate assistant and faculty at the UW, and South Dakota State University. He is currently a professor and program coordinator of Electrical Engineering Technology program at the University of Northern Iowa. He is also serving as a graduate program coordinator at the Department of Industrial Technology. He serves on UNI Energy and Environment Council, CNS Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a member of ASEE, IEEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Dr. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004 - 2009. Dr. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Dr. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Dr. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a paper reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He is serving as a program chair on American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) Energy Conversion and Conservation Division in 2010 - 2011. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Dr. Pecen is representing UNI at Wind Energy Alliance, IWEA, and Dr. Pecen has been teaching Building Operator Certificate (BOC) workshops for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007.,

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Integration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology to Undergraduate Education in EET Programs The depleting fossil fuel resources and increasing pollution are leading to the researchand development of alternate energy generation. Fuel cells are one of the most promisingalternate energy supplies. It is already being used in a number of areas, including automotiveindustry and power generation systems. A fuel cell is an electrochemical energy conversiondevice that produces electricity from external supplies. Although many combinations of fuel andoxidant are possible, fuel cells all work under the same basic premise of converting the chemicalenergy of hydrogen into electricity using oxygen as oxidant. Their high efficiency, zero emission(by product is water), quiet performance, and portability, makes fuel cells viable solution fortoday`s energy problem. The Hampden Fuel Cell Technology Trainer H-FCTT-1 allows students to create a gridindependent power supply that uses only hydrogen as its fuel. The system introduces students tothe fuel cell power supply technology as an environmentally friendly method of generatingpower directly from a hydrogen reaction. The paper describes the integration of the H-FCTT-1 hydrogen fuel cell trainer in theundergraduate class titled “Introduction to Circuits” in the Electrical Engineering Technology(EET) programs at ____. The objectives are to run three experiments and determine: (1) thevoltage-current and power-current characteristic curves, (2) voltage, current, and overallefficiency of the system, (3) maximum power versus optimum efficiency. Students applied theskills acquired in the “Introduction to Circuits” to run the H-FCTT1 trainer and differentiatebetween electronic and electrical loads. In addition, they are introduced to an alternative energysource that converts chemical energy into electricity directly. Educational outcomes achievedinclude the following: (1) Providing a hands-on fuel cell activity. (2) Generating several lab activities in fuel cell technology that will be included under alternative and renewable energy courses in the EET programs. (3) Promoting alternative energy for young students. (4) Promoting Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) education.

El Madwar, A. E. H., & Baltaci, K., & Pecen, R. R. (2011, June), Integration of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology to Undergraduate Education in EET Programs Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18260

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