Fuel Cells, Clean Energy, and Sustainability Facilities | Kent State University

The Clean Energy and Sustainability Research Team is focused on renewable energies, primarily Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology, but also incorporates projects in solar and other renewable technologies. Current capabilities include materials processing, fuel cell fabrication, and electrochemical characterization equipment.

Our research features a high-capacity fuel storage and delivery system that can store and deliver logistical fuels such as hydrogen, methane, natural gas and syngas directly to fume hoods for continuous and long term testing of fuel cells. We are also equipped with a specialty gas monitoring system for safety.

Across International STF1200 (1200 °C):

photo Fuel Cell Research, Across International STF1200

Across International CF1600 Muffle Furnace (1600 °C) and Across International CF1400 Muffle Furnace (1400 °C):

photo Fuel Cell Research, Across International CF1600 and CF1400 Muffle Furnaces

Cole Parmer StableTemp Oven (250 °C):

photo Fuel Cell Research, Cole Parmer StableTemp Oven

PTL-MM01 dip coater machine:

photo Fuel Cell Research, PTL-MM01 dip coater machine

Carver 10-ton pellet press:

photo Fuel Cell Research, Carver 10-ton pellet press

ULT-80 recirculating chiller (-80 °C):

photo Fuel Cell Research, ULT-80 recirculating chiller

TTC-1200 tape casting machine:

photo Fuel Cell Research, TTC-1200 tape casting machine

Labconco freeze dryer:

photo Fuel Cell Research, Labconco freeze dryer

Metrohm Autolab Potentiostat-Galvanostat PGSTAT302N and Autolab 20A Booster module:

photo Fuel Cell Research, Metrohm Autolab Potentiostat-Galvanostat PGSTAT302N and Autolab 20A Booster module

Diamond cutter to cut ceramics:

photo Fuel Cell Research, diamond cutter to cut ceramics

Slip de-airing set up:

photo Fuel Cell Research, slip de-airing set up

U.S. Stoneware 801CVM jar mill:

photo Fuel Cell Research, U.S. Stoneware 801CVM jar mill

Welch 8917-A vacuum pump:

photo Fuel Cell Research, Welch 8917-A vacuum pump

Fully automatic manifold for fuel delivery:

photo Fuel Cell Research, fully automatic manifold for fuel delivery

The lab also has commercially available fuel-cell systems including an Almus Ubocell Hydrogen SOFC Demonstration Kit, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies MFC100 Methanol Reformer System, and a WATT Fuel Cell Imperium 1.0 Prototype Propane Fuel Cell System.

Almus Ubocell Hydrogen SOFC Demonstration Kit (10 W):

photo Fuel Cell Research, Almus Ubocell Hydrogen SOFC Demonstration Kit

Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies MFC100 Methanol Reformer System (100 W):

photo Fuel Cell Research, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies MFC100 Methanol Reformer System

WATT Fuel Cell Imperium 1.0 Prototype Propane Fuel Cell System (375 W):

photo Fuel Cell Research, WATT Fuel Cell Imperium 1.0 Prototype Propane Fuel Cell System