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Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technologies

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 Point of Contact: Dr. Ian Suni, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The adoption of hydrogen for fuel cells will require a major infrastructure investment in a relatively short period of time. Extreme reactivity of hydrogen is recognized as a serious risk factor. Hydrogen safety is very different from gasoline safety due to its gaseous state, which leads to different modes of propagation. For safe transportation, distribution, and delivery, the hydrogen infrastructure must be monitored in real time. A MEMS sensor platform is being developed at Clarkson in collaboration with Cornell University to sense hydrogen concentrations and pressures for safety and storage needs. Other projects include modeling and optimization of industrial solid oxide fuels cells, use of supercapacitors for improving the transient response of fuel cells and incorporation of new nano materials for both solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs).