June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
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Energy Conversion and Conservation
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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. https://peer.asee.org/18260
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