SERC Delivers Fuel Cell Test Station to Masdar Institute of Science & Technology

SERC Delivers Fuel Cell Test Station to Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

SERC Senior Research Engineer Greg Chapman trains Professor Shamim and Graduate Student Abishek Raj of Masdar Institute on operation of the fuel cell test station. Photo credit Marc Marshall.

SERC engineers Greg Chapman and Marc Marshall recently traveled to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to deliver a custom-built fuel cell test station to Professor Tariq Shamim at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. The test station, built using SERC’s new compact, portable form factor, took less than a day to uncrate and prepare for use. Greg and Marc spent the remainder of their visit training Professor Shamim, his colleague Professor Mohamed I. H. Ali, and graduate student Abishek Raj in the use of the test station.

Masdar Institute, which began classes two years ago, is the cornerstone and first completed piece of Masdar City, a development project planned as one of the most sustainable cities in the world. The Institute, created in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is a fully-functioning university built with a wide range of leading technologies as a living example of the potential of environmentally-friendly design. SERC’s engineers got to see everything from a wind tower to help fight the desert heat, to a small fleet of robotic, self-driving electric taxis, to a ten-megawatt PV array that generates the power for the facility.

SERC’s test station, and the 1.5kW SERC fuel cell stack shipped along with it, joins Masdar Institute’s extensive array of cutting- edge lab equipment, where it will be used by faculty researchers and their students to perform experimental verification of theoretical models of fuel cells.

Dr. Shamim encountered one of SERC’s test stations during his teaching career at the University of Michigan, and SERC is proud to have the opportunity to supply him with his own test station.

About Greg Chapman

Greg is a graduate of the Environmental Resources Engineering program at Humboldt State University. His primary responsibilities at SERC are the design of in-house fuel cells and bench testing of commercially available fuel cell materials. He is currently project manager for the development of a hydrogen fueling station at HSU. He has also led SERC’s work on the development of a high-pressure hydrogen PEM electrolyzer. Greg's past work at SERC has been focused on hydrogen system design and fabrication for fuel cell demonstration projects. He was responsible for the installation of the hydrogen systems for the SunLine Transit, Schoolhouse Peak and the University of Michigan projects. Prior to attending HSU, Greg served for six years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Naval Nuclear Power School and spent four years in San Diego on a nuclear-powered submarine as a steam plant operator. Following his enlistment, he worked as a process control board operator and shift supervisor at an independent oil refinery in Los Angeles.