Assistant prof. Jason Porter of the Mechanical Engineering Department was awarded a one-year award from National Renewable Energy Laboratory ( for development of on-line fuel-cell-manufacturing diagnostics.

Through this award, Prof. Porter will partner with PI Michael Ulsh in the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research group at NREL to develop online methods of optically detecting defects in fuel cell components.  Mechanical Engineering graduate student Daniel Bittinat is supported on the project and will conduct research in NREL’s new Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D facility.  Dan’s work developing and testing optical methods will support NREL’s goals of advancing high-throughput manufacturing methods to drive down fuel cell costs.

Colorado Fuel Cell Center Partners with National Renewable Energy Lab to Improve Fuel-Cell Manufacturing