Humboldt State University

Schatz Energy Research Center

Fuel Cell Test Station and Fuel Cell for Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

An engineer and graduate student looking with a SERC engineer at a fuel cell test station.

Greg Chapman trains Professor Shamim and Graduate Student Abishek Raj of Masdar Institute on operation of the fuel cell test station.

In 2011, SERC engineers Greg Chapman and Marc Marshall 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 in 2009, 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 join Masdar Institute’s extensive array of cutting-edge lab equipment, which 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.