June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education Program Part II: Laboratory Practicum
Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies (HFCT) hold the promise of cleaner transportation and reducing the US reliance on imported fuels. However, their introduction in technical curriculums nationwide is rather slow, while the demand for trained workforce for "research, development, and demonstration activities in government, industry, and academia" is growing. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made five awards to university programs seeking to develop and expand Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Education. The program is offered through California State University Los Angeles, Humboldt State University, Michigan Technological University, University of North Carolina Charlotte and University of North Dakota.
The participating universities are actively developing a variety of new curricula or modifications to existing majors. A detailed account of curricular activities is given by the authors in a sister publication1. Recognizing the inherent complexity of the topic and a multitude of new concepts, the HFCT programs are integrating laboratory practicum and projects supporting student learning.
Both equipment available on the market and custom-built laboratory units are discussed. Over the recent years, several manufacturers have come forward with HFCT equipment offerings. Equipment's performance, integration into courses and variety of adopted applications at several institutions are being presented in a single publication. In addition, descriptions of several custom experiments addressing specific needs in their respective programs are shared.
In fall 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) made five awards to university programs seeking to develop and expand Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Education2. The original solicitation sought to expand hydrogen and fuel cell technology awareness among the general public, decision makers and also develop professional educational programs. Five academic institutions throughout the country were selected to further expand the latter. The main objective of this section of the program was to train graduates who will "comprise the next generation workforce needed for research, development, and demonstration activities in government, industry, and academia1. The program is offered through awards to California State University Los Angeles, Humboldt State University, Michigan Technological University, University of North Carolina Charlotte and the University of North Dakota. Recognizing the inherent complexity of the topic and a multitude of new concepts, the HFCT programs are integrating laboratory practicum and projects supporting student learning.
This paper provides an overview of each participating institution laboratory practicum design and implementation after one and a half years of executing the program. While the funding was provided under the same DOE program, the paths, disciplines, courses, approaches of implementation, and choices were made independently. Therefore, a wide variety of ideas are presented. The authors share the accomplishments and challenges of integrating the experiments
Blekhman, D., & Keith, J., & Sleiti, A., & Cashman, E., & Lehman, P., & Engel, R., & Mann, M., & Salehfar, H. (2010, June), National Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Education Program Part Ii: Laboratory Practicum Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. https://peer.asee.org/16043
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