Fuel cell efforts paying off
Kettering's research into fuel cells and their potential impact on American culture, society and industry are paying off in big ways.
Kettering's research into fuel cells and their potential impact on American culture, society and industry are paying off in big ways. Recently, the Associated Press ran a story about Kettering's work in the fuel cell arena that spawned several stories in papers throughout Michigan on the University's work. Jennifer Gangi of Fuel Cells 2000 in Washington, D.C., a leading nonprofit group in the fuel cell industry, was quoted by the Oakland Press as describing Kettering as "a major player" in the fuel cell area. For more on this story, visit http://www.theoaklandpress.com/stories/072004/bus_20040720024.shtml.
At Kettering, students can learn more about fuel cells on a golf cart-like vehicle powered by a fuel cell. The availability of this vehicle is the result of a $100,000 contribution from U.S. Army Tank-Automobile and Armaments Command (TACOM) to help the University evaluate viable options for the integration of a Ballard NEXA 1.2 kW fuel cell within the 72-volt battery powered Global Electric Motorcar (GEM) utility vehicle. The cart can run for up to two hours at a time and achieve speeds of 35 mph. Students also have the opportunity to take up to seven classes in fuel cells and major in this field by 2005. To learn more about Kettering's research into fuel cells, visit http://fuelcells.kettering.edu/.
Written by Gary J. Erwin