Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles – The other Electric Vehicle Webinar

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This webinar, presented by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, describes how proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells use hydrogen gas to generate electricity, compares PEM fuel cells to batteries and internal combustion engines, and highlights recent exciting developments in FCEV for sale in the United States.

Description:

When most people think about electric vehicles they envision a vehicle with batteries and electric motors. However, there is another type of electric vehicle in which the electricity does not come from a battery but instead comes from a fuel cell. The fuel cells being considered for vehicle applications use hydrogen to store the chemical energy that is converted to electricity for the electric motors. Many major manufacturers have programs to develop hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV), but the lack of a hydrogen fueling infrastructure has dramatically slowed their introduction in the United States, as well as the rest of the world. This webinar describes how proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells use hydrogen gas to generate electricity, compares PEM fuel cells to batteries and internal combustion engines, and highlights recent exciting developments in FCEV for sale in the United States. A wide range of opinions exist in the automotive industry as to the best route to electrification, however it is unclear whether any electrification route will significantly displace the gasoline-powered internal combustion engine in the near future. The strengths and weaknesses of standard internal-combustion vehicles and the different types of electrified vehicles with respect to the environment, energy-efficiency, and convenience are highlighted in this webinar.

Presenters

Nelson Kelly,  the Assistant Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT). He began at that position in October 2015. He also developed and taught three new courses as part of an Electric Vehicle Development Certificate program that began in January 2013 at Macomb Community College. Prior to that he was employed at General Motors Research and Development Center, working in the areas of environmental science, vehicle emissions, and renewable energy, including electrolytic hydrogen generation, storage, and dispensing to FCEV. He has authored approximately 60 technical articles, 15 patents, and most recently, a book chapter on hydrogen production by water electrolysis.

John Frala, Adv Transportation Technology Alternative Fuels Instructor, NSF Principal Investigator Rio Hondo College, MAED  

  • Accredited Alternative Fuels Associate of Science degree by Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • S.T.E.M. level, Higher Education with a focus on renewable/sustainable technologies
  • 4 year BA degree in Automotive Technology offered Fall 2017
  • NSF/ATE grant funded #1501735 Alternative Fuels technician program
  • First/Second Responder training, stationary and transit
  • Specialties: Alternative Fuels Education, CNG,LNG,LPG,Bio fuels, Electric Vehicles, Fuel Cell Vehicle technology, Hydrogen fuel development, mobile Solar Electric vehicle charging and Green vehicle applications. Stationary Hydrogen Fuel cell power generation and back-up power storage systems.





This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under
Grant No. 1400593. 

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 

Classification:
Energy Storage and Battery Technology
Fuel Cells/Hydrogen
HEV/EV System Technologies (HEV, EV, and Plug-in HEV)
Other
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Presentation
Webinar
Institution:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, Macomb Community College
Author & Title:
Nelson Kelley, Assistant Director for Energy and Automotive Technology, CAAT, Macomb Community College; John Frala, Advanced Transportation Technology, Rio Hondo Community College
Date Developed:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Keywords:
electric vehicle,fuel cells,hydrogen,renewable energy
Education Level:
Undergrad Students (13-14)
Undergrad Students (15-16)
Graduate Students
Audience:
Educators
General Public
Industry Professionals/Practitioners
Researcher
Students