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The Fuel Cells Research Laboratory

Grand Technion Energy Program (GTEP) Fuel Cells (FC) Laboratory is a central Technion facility, established to support the development of fuel cell technology and fuel cell systems. The lab provides facilities for developing and testing various types of fuel cells and their components.

Major equipment:

Polymer Electrolyte FC test stations (850e, Scribner)

850e Fuel Cell Test System enables operation and testing of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) FCs and direct methanol FCs (DMFC). The system can be operated in 5/25/50 A current ranges (current accuracy is 0.3% of the selected range), maximum load power is 100W. Two 850e test stations are installed in FCs lab, one of them equipped with a humidifier bypass for durability and mechanical degradation tests of FC membranes. Both systems are equipped with potentiostats for impedance measurements and with external mass-flow controllers that enable controlled feeding additional gases to FC (e.g. for MEA poisoning tests). The FCs hardware available in the lab enables testing membrane-electrode assembly (MEA) of 5cm2 and 25 cm2.

Solid-Oxide FC (SOFC) test station (X20, Greenlight)

The Greenlight X20 SOFC test station is a testing platform for button cell, single cell and low power testing. The test station is equipped with SOFC Button Cell Test Fixture that is specially designed for rapid testing of coil cells (coin cell diameter is 25mm). The power range of the test station is up to 100W.

Membrane Test System (MTS) (Scribner)

The 740 MTS is intended for studying new ionomers and solid electrolyte materials. It offers rapid and accurate measurements of membrane resistance and conductivity as a function of temperature, humidity and pressure without a need of catalyzing a membrane and preparing a membrane-electrode assembly. The size of a membrane sample that is necessary for the measurement is 6X30 mm.

Dilatometer (DIL 402 Expedies Select&Supreme, Netzsch)

Dilatometry is a technique for measurement changes in a sample dimensions as a function of temperature while a sample is subjected to a controlled temperature program in a specified atmosphere. DIL 402 dilatometer is equipped with a dual pushrods system that enables doing measurements in a dual or a differential mode. The maximum sample temperature is 1150°C, the range of heating rates is 0.001-50 K/min. The system is designed for testing samples in both vacuum and inert gas atmospheres. A number of standard samples made of alumina (10, 15, 25 and 50 mm length) are available in the lab.

Vapor Sorption Analysis (VTA-SA+, TA instruments)

The VTI-SA+ Vapor Sorption Analyzer is a continuous vapor flow sorption instrument for obtaining precision water and organic vapor isotherms at temperatures ranging from 5°C to 150°C at ambient pressure. The maximum weight of a sample that can be tested is 750mg.

Screen Printer. (MSP-485, Hary Manufacturing, Inc (HMI))

Screen printing is a printing technique where an ink is pushed through a mesh or stencil to print a particular design on the desired material. The printer MSP-485 is a semi-automatic printer equipped with aqueous hydraulic squeegee drive, its maximum printing area is 8X8 inch and screen holder size is 12X 12 inch. Squeegees with various hardness are available in the lab.

Laser cutter (VLS 4.60, Universal Laser Systems)

The VLS 4.60 laser platform is designed for cutting, marking and engraving various materials. The laser machine is equipped with 60W power laser and a standard 2 inch focusing lens, the average size of a focus point is 0.127mm. High-Power Density-Focusing Optics (HPDFO) lens that gives much smaller focus point (0.025mm) is also available. The objects for cutting/marking/engraving should be drawn in CorelDraw software that is also available in the lab.

Planetary mono mill (PULVERISETTE 6, Fritsch)

The Planetary Mono Mill PULVERISETTE 6 classic line is a high-performance Planetary Ball Mill with a single grinding bowl mount and practical, easily adjustable imbalance compensation. The mill can be used with 80ml and 250ml grinding bowls, maximum size of feed particle is 10mm, the rotation speed can be set between 100 and 650 rpm.

For more details, usage fees and appointments, please contact Dr. Maria Bass, FC Lab Engineer at +972-778871414 (office), + 972-544-592070 (mobile), bass@technion.ac.il