Fuel of the Future - Hydrogen

Course Number: R-3009
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Jeffrey Havelin, P.E., B.S.C.E.
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Overview

In Fuel of the Future - Hydrogen , you'll learn ...

  • Historical advancements in the research and development of fuel cell technology
  • The structure and properties of hydrogen/air polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells
  • Energy conversion equations, cell voltage calculations, and heat generation rates for fuel cells
  • The science and technology behind reformate/air fuel cells, direct methanol fuel cells, and regenerative fuel cells
  • Potential applications for fuel cells in transportation, utility plants, and buildings

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 33 pages

More people are driving today than ever before, and there are over 200 million automobiles on the road in the U.S. alone. These automobiles have contributed to our air and water pollution and forced us to rely on imported oil from the Middle East, helping to create a significant trade imbalance. Faced with this situation, many people believe hydrogen-powered fuel cells offer a radically different approach to energy conversion, one that could replace conventional power generation technologies like engines and turbines in applications such as automobiles and small power plants.

This course reviews the design, theory, and potential applications of hydrogen-based fuel cells. Expanded use of hydrogen as an energy carrier for America could help address concerns about energy security, global climate change, and air quality. Hydrogen can be derived from a variety of domestically available primary sources, including fossil fuels, renewables, and nuclear power. Another key benefit is that the by-products of conversion are generally benign for human health and the environment.

Despite these compelling benefits, realization of a hydrogen economy faces multiple challenges. Unlike gasoline and natural gas, hydrogen has no existing, large-scale supporting infrastructure—and building one will require major investment. Such investment would have a global environmental and economic impact, allowing fuel cell technology to play a pivotal role in a new technological renaissance, just as the internal combustion engine vehicle revolutionized life at the beginning of the 20th century.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • A brief history of fuel cell technology
  • Advantages of fuel cells over internal combustion engines and batteries
  • The structure and potentiality of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell
  • The electrochemistry of fuel cells
  • How hydrocarbon fuels are processed into hydrogen
  • Energy conversion equations, cell voltage calculations, and heat generation rates for fuel cells
  • Reformate/air fuel cell technology
  • Direct methanol fuel cell technology
  • Regenerative fuel cell technology
  • Potential applications for fuel cells in transportation, utility systems, and buildings
  • The main features and comparative advantages/disadvantages of other types of fuel cells:Alkaline fuel cells (AFC), Phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFC), Molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC), Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)
  • Obstacles and challenges to the future development of fuel cell technology

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 18 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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