Test Stations

The H2E3 test station is the flagship hardware product developed for this project. Test stations are an essential tool for evaluating and improving fuel cell designs. A test station allows fuel cell developers to operate single cells or fuel cell stacks under carefully controlled, repeatable conditions. This makes it possible to compare the performance of different fuel cells or to track changes in a specific fuel cell’s performance over time. The Schatz Energy Research Center has been building research grade test stations for many years; these stations are now in use at five universities in the U.S. and overseas.

The H2E3 test station is a smaller, simpler, less expensive, and more portable version of SERC’s test station design. It is designed to allow undergraduate engineering students to safely operate and evaluate fuel cells under minimal supervision. It includes many of the features found on our research grade stations but requires less training to operate. The test station is designed only for attended operation over short periods, not to exceed a three-hour lab period.

Operators can control fuel cell temperature, load current, reactant stoichiometry, hydrogen purge interval, and other parameters. Hardware- and software-controlled safety features will automatically shut down the station if a fault condition occurs. The test station is designed to accommodate low pressure, dead-ended hydrogen fuel cells at a maximum power of 500 W. It is designed specifically for operation with an eight-cell, 300 cm2 stack made by SERC and provided with the test station. To ensure safety and to protect the equipment, please consult with SERC before operating other fuel cells on this test station.

Test Station Operation and Maintenance Manual

See the Curriculum section for additional test station-related materials.

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