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A professor at the university of Arkansas, little rock, has received a $500,000 grant to develop high-performance, cost-effective transport fuel cells.
Professor Tansel Karabacak received $400, 000 from the U.S. department of energy, and the school will provide $100,000 in matching funds.The main aim of the study is to produce fuel cells that are cheaper, live longer and have longer battery life.The three-year plan for "high-performance polymer electrolyte fuel cell electrode structures" will continue through December 2019.
The money belongs to the headquarters is located in east Hartford, Connecticut united technologies research center, led a part of more than $3 million in bonuses, the research center is a focus on commercial aerospace, defense and innovation of the global construction industry research center.
Department of energy efficiency and renewable energy office fuel cell union is established in 2016, the union for the four projects funded more than $thirteen million in research funding, in order to improve the fuel cell performance and durability.
The team will work on improving the structure of the polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell.Scientists hope that this particular type of fuel cell can be used in public transport because they have high power density, high energy conversion efficiency and low/zero carbon emissions.
However, these fuel cells face the problem of limited folding power and durability, and cannot be used for common transportation.Professor Karabacak and his team are working with the U.S. department of energy to create a solution for this problem.
One of the most expensive materials in fuel cells is the platinum catalyst.Professor Karabacak and his team will try to reduce the amount of platinum required, while improving the performance and durability of transport fuel cells, thus reducing the cost of fuel cell vehicles and improving their service life.
The funding will also provide funding for postdoctoral fellows and graduate assistants at the university of Arkansas at little rock.The researchers will assist professor Karabacak and have the opportunity to collaborate with leading scientists from other American universities, national laboratories and American companies.