Asee peer logo

National Hydrogen And Fuel Cell Education Program Part Ii: Laboratory Practicum

Download Paper |

Conference

2010 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

Start Date

June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Sustainable Energy Education

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

Page Count

18

Page Numbers

15.908.1 - 15.908.18

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/16043

Download Count

158

Request a correction

Paper Authors

author page

David Blekhman

biography

Jason Keith

visit author page

Jason Keith is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He received his B.S.ChE from the University of Akron in 1995, and his Ph.D from the University of Notre Dame in 2001. His current research interests include reactor stability, alternative energy, and engineering education. He is the 2008 recipient of the Raymond W. Fahien Award for Outstanding Teaching Effectiveness and Educational Scholarship. He has served ASEE as program chair and awards co-chair of the Chemical Engineering Division.

visit author page

biography

Ahmad Sleiti

visit author page

Ahmad Sleiti is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Departments at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) and a member of Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). He obtained his PhD from the University of Central Florida (UCF), USA. He also holds two MS degrees in mechanical engineering. He has taught at UCF, UNCC and at University of Jordan (UJ). Prior to coming to UNCC, he was an Assistant Professor and Research Associate at UCF. He also worked for several years as a mechanical engineer in various consulting, R&D and contracting firms on industrial, commercial and residential projects. His research interests include energy systems, fuel cells, thermal management and thermal transport phenomena, nanofluids, heat transfer and aerodynamics for gas turbines and other turbomachinery.

visit author page

biography

Eileen Cashman

visit author page

Eileen Cashman is a professor of Environmental Resources Engineering at Humboldt State University and a Faculty Research Associate at SERC. She is an alumna of HSU where she received her B.S. degree in Environmental Resources Engineering. She received an M.S. in Energy Policy and Analysis and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Cashman currently teaches courses in engineering design, water quality, computational methods and environmental fluid hydraulics. At SERC, Cashman is currently involved in a feasibility study for hydroelectric resources for the Yurok tribe and the H2E3 university curriculum project.

visit author page

author page

Peter Lehman

biography

Richard Engel

visit author page

Richard Engel is a Senior Research Engineer at SERC. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering. Engel's work at SERC has included technical, development of educational materials for high school and university level students, hydrogen and fuel cell system maintenance and repair, energy program development for local communities and Tribes, and feasibility research on emerging energy technologies. Engel is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Universidad Don Bosco in El Salvador during the 2009-2010 academic year where he will help the university create a degree program in renewable energy and energy efficiency.

visit author page

author page

Michael Mann

author page

Hossein Salehfar

Download Paper |

Abstract
NOTE: The first page of text has been automatically extracted and included below in lieu of an abstract

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education Program Part II: Laboratory Practicum

Abstract

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.

Introduction

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

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2010 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015