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  • FUEL CELL Starter pack

    Designed for fuel cell education and training in general science, physics and chemistry. Grades 7-12.
    Also perfect for visual demonstrations and communication.

  • Fuel Cell Expert Pack

    Designed for fuel cell general science, chemistry, physics and engineering. University and vocational training.
    Well suited to give the backgroung knowledge on fuel cell systems engineering.

  • Energy chain pack

    Complete package to deliver the best hands-on training experience in fuel cells from high school to university. All aspects in fuel cell and Fc systems expertise can be investigated.
  • PowerTool Fuel Cell Genset
    DIDACTIC FUEL CELL POWER TOOL

    Fuel cell power tool application for education and training. At last a real-life application for teaching fuel cells and fuel cell systems! Practical experiments to understand what advantages fuel cells and hydrogen can bring to professional power tools.
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    1000W fuel cell system

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Fuel cell Starter pack

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decriptionDescription
Item ref. P101
Field of use: general science and chemistry
Education grades: 7th – 12th
The Fuel Cell Science Pack is designed for a teaching the principles of energy production with fuel cells. The teaching book included guides through various experiments to understand how a fuel cell works and how hydrogen can be efficiently converted into electricity.
decriptionKey features
– High power, large fuel cell
– See-through fuel cell to observe water by-product of reaction
– Sturdy design
– Perfect for practical demonstration of science behind fuel cells and hydrogen and initiation to electrochemistry
– Easy experiment setupRecommended for fuel cell initiation with hand-on learning, chemistry and electrochemistry, demonstration courses
decriptionPackage includes
– Take apart air breathing fuel cell
– Fuel cell core
– Load box with current and voltage measurement
– Rechargeable hydrogen canister (solid storage)
– Manual purge valve
– Fan and electric motor
– Set of three resistances
– Cables and tubing
– Teaching material
ExperimentsExperiments
– Building a fuel cell and a fuel cell circuit
– Plotting characteristic curves at various operating conditions
– Understanding energy conversion and efficiency calculation
– Determining the effect of air convection on FC performances
– Measuring the effect of catalyst loading on FC performances
– Measuring the effect of FC resistance

decriptionTechnical Specifications

Fuel cell core 25cm² active area
Fuel cell power 3.5W / 7A at 0.4V
H2 storage 10NL refillable
Fan and motor 250mW
Cables 50cm each
Resistive load operates on 9V battery

Fuel Cell Expert Pack

P102 ENGINEERING PACK
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decriptionDescription
Item ref. P102
Field of use: general science and chemistry, FC engineering
Education grades: 7th – 12th, university/college, vocational training
Package suitable for a first level of engineering training on fuel cells and fuel cell systems with hands-on experimentation. The included ClearPak fuel cell delivers high current densities with a realistic thermal response. Water management inside the cell is clearly visible. Pack enables the control of fuel cell performances through the complete balance-of-plant system.
decriptionKey features
– High performance, large fuel cell
– See-through fuel cell to observe water by-product of reaction
– Realistic flow field design. The fuel cell behaves like a real industrial FC.
– Sturdy design
– Take apart fuel cell and system that can be assembled by students
– Easy experiment setupRecommended for fuel cell general science, chemistry, electrochemistry, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and electric education/training courses.
decriptionPackage includes
– Take apart forced flow fuel cell with serpentine flow field design
– Fuel cell core
– e-Load box with current and voltage measurement
– Rechargeable hydrogen canister (solid storage)
– programmable purge valve
– Air pump with variable flowmeter
– Torque screwdriver and flat wrench
– Cables and tubing
– 24V power supply
– Teaching material
– Robust suitcase packaging
ExperimentsExperiments
– Building a fuel cell and a fuel cell circuit
– Understanding the fuel cell system and how it is controlled
– Plotting characteristic curves at various operating conditions
– Understanding energy conversion and efficiency calculation
– Measuring the effect of catalyst loading
– Measuring and analyzing the effect of fuel cell core compression
– Understanding the effect of H2 purging on performances and fuel management
– Measuring the effect of air stoichiometry on FC behavior
– Observing the water production and evacuation in the flowfield
– Observing water liquid/vapor phase changing in the fuel cell and understanding dew point physics
– Controlling the fuel cell output in current and voltage
– Understanding fuel cell efficiency vs. system efficiency

decriptionTechnical Specifications

Fuel cell core 25cm² active area
Fuel cell power 7W / 15.5A at 0.4V
Max temperature 70°C (158°F)
H2 storage 10NL refillable
Air pump 0.2-1.2sL/min
Cables 50cm each
Torque screwdriver 0.8-2Nm
Electronic load 20A, 0-1.2V

Energy chain pack

P103 Professional Pack
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decriptionDescription
Item ref. P103
Field of use: general science and chemistry, FC engineering
Education grades: 7th – 12th, university/college, vocational training

Package suitable for a low and high level of engineering training on fuel cells and fuel cell systems with hands-on experimentation. The included ClearPak fuel cell delivers high current densities with a realistic thermal response. Water management inside the cell is clearly visible. Pack enables the control of fuel cell performances through the complete balance-of-plant system. Also possible to perform temperature-dependent and time-dependent testing as well as compare efficiencies of various system configurations.

decriptionKey features
– High performance, large fuel cell
– See-through fuel cell to observe water by-product of reaction
– Realistic flow field design. The fuel cell behaves like a real industrial FC.
– Sturdy design
– Take apart fuel cell and system that can be assembled by students
– Fuel cell temperature display
– Easy experiment setupRecommended for fuel cell general science, chemistry, electrochemistry, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and electric education/training courses.
decriptionPackage includes
– Take apart forced flow fuel cell with serpentine flow field design
– Fuel cell core (x3)
– e-Load box with current and voltage measurement
– Rechargeable hydrogen canister (solid storage, x2)
– programmable purge valve
– H2 pressure reducer
– Air pump with variable flowmeter
– Cell-integrated temperature sensor with display electronics
– Free air convection compression plate (“air breathing” mode)
– Torque screwdriver and flat wrench
– Cables and tubing
– 24V power supply
– Teaching material
– Robust suitcase packaging
ExperimentsExperiments
– Building a fuel cell and a fuel cell circuit
– Understanding the fuel cell system and how it is controlled
– Plotting characteristic curves at various operating conditions
– Understanding energy conversion and efficiency calculation
– Measuring the effect of catalyst loading
– Measuring and analyzing the effect of fuel cell core compression
– Understanding the effect of H2 purging on performances and fuel management
– Measuring the effect of air stoichiometry on FC behavior
– Observing the water production and evacuation in the flowfield
– Observing water liquid/vapor phase changing in the fuel cell and understanding dew point physics
– Understanding the coupling between power, temperature and performances of the fuel cell
– Measuring the effect of H2 pressure on characteristic curves
– Comparing forced flow and free convection FC modes
– Controlling the fuel cell output in current and voltage
– Understanding fuel cell efficiency vs. system efficiency
decriptionTechnical Specifications
Fuel cell core: 25cm² active area
Fuel cell: 7W / 15.5A at 0.4V
Max temperature: 70°C (158°F)
H2 storage: 10NL (x2)
Air pump: 0.2-1.2sL/min
Cables: 50cm each
Torque screwdriver: 0.8-2Nm
E-load: 20A, 1.2V
H2 pressure reducer: 0-3barg

Fuel Cell Power Tool

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decriptionDescription
Item ref. PPT102
Field of use: electrochemistry and energy courses, fuel cells and FC systems engineering, electromechanics, renewable energy
Applications: classroom instruction, hands-on learning, advanced classes, vocational/professional training, R&D projects

The “power tool” pack integrates all the components required to operate the electric pruning shear autonomously from the fuel cell without any other power source but hydrogen.

The power generator relies on a fuel cell/super capacitors hybrid architecture to supply all the power needed by the cutter while insuring autonomy and high cutting frequency. The pruning shear, requiring 670W of power on a strong cut, takes advantage of the hybrid architecture to operate from a fuel cell of only 50W. The pruning shear, usually powered by conventional belt-carried batteries, is a common tool in vineyards and professional gardening.

The whole pack is designed to fit education projects on fuel cells. The pruning shear and power electronics module are protected with suitable clear casing to prevent any hazardous operation. All the components are equipped with sensors (current, voltage, temperature) and are connected to a signal converter module for PC data logging. The LabviewTM and MatlabTM based software allows a complete modeling of the system to understand the energy transfer, efficiencies, power and energy parameters. It is also possible to simulate other applications than the pruning shear.

The Power Tool Pack is delivered ready-to-use.

decriptionKey features
– Instrumented system based on a real professional application
– Robust open-cathode fuel cell design
– Didactic software complete data acquisition module
– Possibility to use the fuel cell generator with other applications (12V unregulated or 48V regulated output)
– Safety of the low pressure hydrogen vessel (metal hydride type)
– H2 tank fast charging (10 minutes)
– Real world application for hands-on learning
– Clear and thorough documentation on fuel cells and hydrogen for classroom course preparation
– Strong cross-coupling of studied topics
– Safe hydrogen storage media

decriptionPackage includes
– 50W PEM fuel cell
– Fuel cell management electronics
– Super capacitors hybridization with DC/DC converter
– 20LH2 Rechargeable hydrogen storage canister
– Hydrogen pressure regulator
– System/PC data transfer module
– Electric pruning shear with casing
– System clear casing with harness gear for back mounting
– Dismountable fuel cell mock-up
– Real time data logging and display software (PC)
– Training course material (pictures, PowerPoint files, CAD drawings and files)
– Training course and science book
– Suitcase

ExperimentsExperiments
The Power Tool package is particularly suitable for teachers and instructors wishing to rely on a didactic system that is very close to a commercial/practical fuel cell application. Beyond the hydrogen energy education, the Power Tool pack leads to a pragmatic comparison between two energy storage techniques: conventional rechargeable batteries and fuel cells (weight, operation range, durability, form factor, embedding factor, usage mode,…).The included software delivers real-time operating parameters and leads the user through an analytical work to compare the theoretical model to the practical case. The numerical model and physical fuel cell can be used with other applications than the pruner, for example in a student project (RC vehicle integration, electric bike range extender, PV coupling, battery charger…).The training course material supplied with the Power Tool Pack brings a multi-technologies approach in the fields of energy management, use and transformation of matter, data transfer and information processing. Functional analysis and modeling are put at the forefront of product design with numerous supports. Included software tools and libraries allow efficient power tool performance analysis depending on the operating mode like diameter of wood cut, cut frequency, full or half cycle cut. Investigation can be achieved by simulating the system with varying parameters and configurations and then confirmation by experimentation. Numerous data are fed back by the system to the user: power, currents, voltages, energy produced and consumed at several system stages, gas consumption, cell temperature…).

CAD files and electronics diagrams supplied, as well as a voluntarily open architecture (open source code) offer a fantastic working environment for educational projects, valorizing design and innovation methodologies. Students will be able to produce virtual and real fuel cell powered prototypes.

video link New video of the pruning shear added, check it out!

decriptionTechnical Specifications

Fuel cell nominal power 50W at 12V Fuel flow rate at rated power 0.6L/min
Fuel cell electrical specs 4.2A – 12/20V Fuel flow rate at idle 0.07L/min
Pruner max power 670W – 14A – 48V Air supply Integrated fan
Hybridization Supercapacitors H2 storage AB5 low pressure compound
Endurance on a single tank fill 3 to 4 hours for typical experiment course work H2 storage capacity 20 standard liters
Security Pruning shear casing
Low voltage and max temperature cut off
Storage lifetime >2000 cycles
Data logging FC temperature
Currents and voltages for every system block
H2 pressure control 0.3 bar manufactury preset

1000W fuel cell system

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