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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 FCs materials.

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. Three 850e test stations are installed in FCs lab, two of them are equipped with a humidifier bypass. All systems are equipped with potentiostats for impedance measurements.  External mass-flow controllers are available for 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 25mm diameter coil cells. The power range of the test station is up to 100W. The maximum test temperature is 1100 °C

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 (nitrogen, argon or air) 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.

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, the rotation speed can be set between 100 and 650 rpm. Zirconia grinding bowls (80ml and 250 ml) and Zirconia grinding balls (5mm and 10mm diameters) are available in the lab.

Glove Box (VTI)

Two gloves Glove Box designed for work with the materials sensitive to oxygen, water and CO2.

Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) with electrochemical (EC) capabilities

The state of the art AFM (Cypher ES Environmental AFM, Asylum Research) provides an exceptional performance in standard Contact and Tapping mode AFM measurements. In addition, it enables studying samples in controlled gas or liquid environments, doing electrochemical experiments and measuring conductivity of samples.

Rotating Ring Disk Electrode (RRDE) -3A Apparatus, Ver.2.0 (ALS)

RRDE-3A is a constant rotation system for use in hydrodynamic modulation rotating ring disk electrochemistry. It could be operated also as RDE. Rotation speed range is 100-8000 rpm. Electrodes are small and rapidly interchangeable. The unit provides an adjustable valve system for inert gas purging inside the cell vial.

VSP potentiostat (BioLogic) is connected to the system.

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.