Fall 2011

[News]

Schatz Fuel Cell Finds Home in Persian Gulf

Schatz Energy Research Center engineers Schatz Energy Research Center engineers Greg Chapman, left, Marc Marshall and Kyle Palmer prepare a fuel cell test station for the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates

YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THE cover story about HSU’s Schatz Energy Research Center in the Spring 2011 edition of Humboldt Magazine. It showcased a number of milestones, and now they have another—the center’s first technology transfer with the Middle East.

Long established internationally with links to Asia, Africa, Central America, Europe, Canada and Mexico, the Schatz Lab recently confirmed a partnership with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It will provide a test station and accompanying fuel cell to the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE on the Persian Gulf.

It all started when Masdar Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tariq Shamim came across the technology while teaching at the University of Michigan in the early 2000s. It was there he saw a Schatz fuel cell test station, a custom system built for the Walter E. Lay Automotive Lab.

Eager to replicate what he had seen there, he got in touch with Schatz Lab Director Peter Lehman to purchase both a fuel cell and research-grade fuel cell test station.

Created in 2009 in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masdar is laying the groundwork to diversify the UAE’s oil-rich, but oil-dependent economy. It is aimed at incubating innovation and entrepreneurship to meet UAE and world energy needs.

The Schatz Center delivered the equipment in August. Two Schatz Lab engineers, Greg Chapman and Marc Marshall, traveled to Abu Dhabi to install the station and train Masdar technicians and faculty in its operation.