Cal State L.A. Fuel Cell Program Top Dog

Cal State University L.A. (CSULA) was recently ranked no. 1 among 13 educational programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The school’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education (HFCE) project is coordinated between the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology, and was one of only five to be chosen for the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Education Subprogram.

The education program underwent a peer review in Washington, D.C., results of which were published in the 2010 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report [pdf]. Similarly, the program was also featured in the Department of Energy’s 2010 Annual Progress Report on hydrogen technologies. CSULA’s HFCE is working to implement a comprehensive curriculum for development and training activities relating to renewable energy and a zero-emissions economy.

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One of the project’s aims, in addition to offering courses relating to fuel cell technology, is to develop a proton exchange membrane fuel cell and hydrogen laboratory for graduate students. Other goals include developing partnerships with automotive original equipment manufacturers, and setting capstone projects for undergraduate seniors.

Currently, CSULA is constructing a Sustainable Hydrogen Facility, which is being monitored by a webcam. The facility will be used for research and educational objects relating to the HFCE program. The concept image above is thought to be the design of the building. According to the university, the station is supposedly planned for a Spring 2011 completion.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.