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Title

Design and implementation of a hydrogen fuel cell data acquisition and monitoring scheme for educational institutions

Document Type

Conference

Journal/Book/Conference Title

ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings

Abstract

One of the challenges of the fuel cell power systems is proper monitoring, instrumentation and data acquisition of system parameters such as fuel flow into the system, AC and DC voltage values, load current, humidity, DC and AC power, pressure, temperature, fuel utilization, overall system efficiency, noise, etc. Fuel cell test systems must precisely monitor and control these measurements in real-time. It is necessary to have an instrumentation system which is able to monitor and control fuel cell operation under varying conditions. Therefore, a typical fuel cell test system requires high-resolution, isolation, and waveform acquisition capability. This paper describes design and implementation of a hydrogen fuel cell data acquisition and monitoring scheme for a BS degree offering engineering technology institution. The objective of this applied research project is to design and implement a high-resolution data acquisition and interface module for a 500 W Hydrogen fuel cell power station using LabView™ PDS v8.20 software and field point based data acquisition modules. The developed data acquisition system is used as an educational tool in undergraduate and graduate instrumentation and data acquisition classes. © American Society for Engineering Education, 2008.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2008

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