Michigan Tech has been awarded $897,000 to investigate methods of improving automotive fuel cell performance and durability. The award is part of a $2.7 million Department of Energy collaborative project with Rochester Institute of Technology, General Motors and Michigan Tech.
Assistant Professor Jeffrey Allen (MEEM) is the Michigan Tech investigator for this project. Collaborators on this project include the principal investigator Satish Kandlikar, the James E. Gleason professor of mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Thomas Trabold, senior research engineer with General Motors Fuel Cell Development Center.
The project, “Visualization of Fuel Cell Water Transport and Performance Characterization,” will explore water transport and accumulation in automotive fuel cells to develop components and materials that minimize water accumulation and freeze damage, which degrades performance and durability of automotive fuel cells.
The three-year project began March 1 and will involve undergraduate, master’s and doctoral engineering students. The project is part of a $100 million hydrogen research and development program announced by the Department of Energy supporting President Bush’s Advanced Energy Initiative.