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Project Title:

Development of a Regional Hydrogen Technology Education Consortium (HyTEC)


North Carolina A&T State University (NCATSU-CERT)
Center for Energy Research & Training
1610 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
(336) 334-7955

Program Area:



University of South Carolina
University of Florida
University of Georgia

Project Description:

Establish a regional Hydrogen Technology Education Consortium (HyTEC) for the south. The four state-chartered institutions will share technologies, facilities, personnel, and other resources for the purpose of providing interactive technology transfer through education and training in hydrogen technologies for students, professionals and the public.

Management Plan (Approach):

The unique nature of STAC requires that projects be supported by multiple State entities, and to the extent necessary any other entity. As indicated in the STAC Agreement, it is the Contractor’s responsibility to coordinate the execution of work under the Contract, incorporated by reference hereto. Contractor, in conjunction with the other State entities, and to the extent necessary any other entity, shall conduct the project in accordance with the Management Plan (approach) described below.

The overall project will be administered through NCATSU-CERT. Project leaders have been identified at all four universities, and Dr. Shamsuddin Ilias (NCATSU-CERT) will have the overall responsibility of coordination among the four state-supported institutions. An Advisory Board consisting of an official from each of the four State Energy Offices, and one official from each participating university will be established for coordination and information-sharing purposes.

Project activities and management will be structured to maximize opportunities for faculty interactions and collaborative efforts. To avoid duplications and redundancies, the management will also include periodic reviews of activities at the partnering universities. At the beginning of the project, a kickoff meeting will be held involving all partners. Based on proposed activities and tasks, individual and collaborative tasks will be defined and objectives determined. Quarterly web conferences will be held to review the progress of the projects at the participating universities. A year-end review meeting will be organized as a Regional Hydrogen Conference, which could eventually evolve into a national hydrogen education conference.

Project activities will be geared toward compiling relevant educational material developed elsewhere and developing multi-media education material for the following audiences: (1) University Undergraduate and Graduate Students, (2) K-12 Students and Science Teachers, (3) State and Local Officials, (4) End Users and Industry Groups, and (5) the General Public. The material developed at the HyTEC member institutions will be used to educate the target audiences using established distance education mechanisms at the member universities, the State Energy Offices, and the Hydrogen Business Associations in each state. In addition, the materials will be made available to nationwide audiences in cooperation with USDOE, professional societies, and State Energy Offices. The project will be accomplished through the following tasks:

Task 1: University Courses

Multi-media course material will be developed for the following courses:

  1. Hydrogen Energy Technology – A general course for undergraduate science, engineering, and technology students at Universities and Community Colleges.
  2. Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Transportation – A graduate course for engineering and science students.
  3. Hydrogen Energy Conversion – An undergraduate engineering course on hydrogen conversion to useful energy by fuel cells, internal and external combustion engines, and combustion turbines.
  4. Fuel Cells – An undergraduate and a graduate version of the course for science, engineering, and technology students.

Task 2: K-12 Students and Science Teachers

A multi-media one-day short course will be developed for high school students and science teachers to introduce hydrogen technology and fuel cells. Also as part of a science course, faculty members at the College of Education (USC) and School of Education (NVATSU) plan to develop a field-experience program that provides teacher candidates with opportunities to interact with natural phenomena or current and emerging technologies. The plan will allow the teacher candidates access to the fuel cell during the Fall and Spring semesters. The experience will deepen the knowledge of the pre-service teachers and provide them with activities that are appropriate for students they encounter in their practical.

Task 3: State and Local Government Officials

A multi-media, one day short course will be developed for state and local officials. Topics will include hydrogen production, storage and transportation, and safety codes and standards. This short course may be customized for executive-level audiences of state and local government or businesses that could be impacted by fuel cell technology.

Task 4: End Users and Industry Groups

A multi-media presentation will be prepared on safe production, storage, and transportation of hydrogen as well as safety codes and standards. Presentation topics will include alternative energy sources with emphasis on fuel cells which could be used for a variety of audiences – continuing education of engineers and other professionals, civic clubs, adult education classes, and non-technical college classes. Availability of these lectures will be publicized on the web sites of the Hydrogen Technology Education Consortium with links to all four participating Universities and State Energy Offices.

Task 5: General Public

A quarterly electronic newsletter will be developed at the University of Florida Editorial Office to provide hydrogen technology information in an easy-to-read format. The newsletter will be distributed to interested public through the State Energy Offices and various community groups. A number of fact sheets and brochures will also be prepared regarding hydrogen production, storage, transportation, and energy conversion for general public information dissemination.

Task 6: Hydrogen Technology Demonstration

The University of Florida will prepare demonstrations that can be taken to various locations to educate different audiences.

  1. Fuel Cell Bus – The UF Fuel Cell Research and Education Lab has a working Fuel Cell Bus and another Fuel Cell with all the components individually displayed.
  2. Solar Hydrogen Production – A small-scale hydrogen production facility that utilizes solar energy for water electrolysis will be constructed on a trailer. This facility is funded by the NASA Research and Education project and is scheduled for completion in May 2004.
  3. Biomass Hydrogen Production – A small-scale transportable biomass hydrogen production facility will be developed in cooperation with the University of George, if funds are available. The facility will feature a thermo-catalytic reactor, steam reformation and membrane separation, while utilizing waste biomass, such as peanut shells, orange peel, etc., as the feedstock.

The North Carolina A&T State University, the University of South Carolina and the University of Georgia will use their respective 5-kW Fuel Cell Stacks to showcase this emerging technology.

Project Tasks, Status, and Deliverables

Task #




1 University Courses   NCA&T, UGA, USC
2 K-12 Students and Science Teachers   NCA&T, UGA, USC
3 State & Local Government Officials   NCA&T, UGA, USC
4 End Users & Industry Groups   UFL, UGA, USC
5 General Public   NCA&T, UFL, UGA, USC
6 Hydrogen Technology Demonstration   NCA&T, UFL, UGA

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Last Updated: 04/13/05