About the Fuel Cell and Green Energy Lab

Mission Statement

The Fuel Cell and Green Energy Lab aims to design and build green energy systems that strive for sustainable environmental, social, and economic performance. It accomplishes its mission by conducting original research to develop and promote technologies for diversified and localized energy systems, clean energy alternatives, energy sustainability and energy security.

Objectives

  • Student holding beaker.To develop, promote and demonstrate green energy systems and technologies, with an emphasis on green energy sources, conversion, storage, transport, and system optimisation.
  • To develop and promote public energy policy for the facilitation and adoption of green energy systems and technologies, including the development and promotion of tools, databases, and processes needed for decision making.
  • To develop, promote and demonstrate energy conversion and management strategies and initiatives.
  • To develop, promote and demonstrate technologies for emission abatement and environmental impact mitigation for sustainable environmental, social and economic development.
  • To develop, promote and deliver educational programs for green energy systems and technologies.
  • To coordinate and facilitate interdisciplinary activities in green energy-related areas.

Key Research Activities

Fuel Cells

The aim is to develop cost-effective reliable fuel cells for commercialisation.

  • Thermal and water management: To develop strategies tackling these two critical issues, including the characterization of transport properties vs. microstructures.
  • Cold start: To improve the start-up capability in winter (important for Canada).
  • Contamination: To investigate the effect of impurities and their mitigation.
  • Innovative design and fabrication: To develop innovative techniques, methods and procedures for novel designs with volume production capability.

Biodiesel Engines

The aim is to develop clean biodiesel engines.

  • Liquid droplet forming at end of needle.Fuel/air mixture preparation: Fuel injection, atomisation, spray formation, vaporization/mixing, EGR, air through turbocharger compressor / intake manifolds.
  • Combustion: To study in-cylinder combustion / pollutant formation processes for various biodiesel/petro diesel blends for optimised design and operation.
  • After-treatment and emission abatement: To develop ultra clean exhaust emissions from various biodiesel fuelled engines.

Green Energy

The aim is to develop green energy systems for energy sustainability and security.

  • Energy system evolution and design: To examine energy system from historical perspective and scientific principles for optimal design of sustainable energy systems.
  • Energy system analysis: To conduct energy and exergy analysis, life cycle analysis, ergonoeconomic analysis, etc. for energy system optimisation.