Program Name: Fuel Cell Technology

Dates: 05-09 December, 2016

This course will cover physical concepts and technology aspects of various types of fuel cells. Fuel cells are rapidly finding use in energy conversion applications such as automobiles, auxiliary power units, cogeneration and combined heat and power (CHP) applications. They mitigate the effect of global warming by reducing or eliminating CO2 release in the atmosphere. Although the concepts of electrochemical energy conversion are relatively simple and well-known, fuel cell systems have continued to evolve in complexity, particularly with respect to the fuel supply and storage system. In this context, IIT Gandhinagar (with support from GIAN) offers a unique short course that will cover all the aspects of fuel cells and fuel processing system with hands-on experience on the latter.

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  • To make participants aware of the potential applications and challenges in fuel cells, and the current state of the art.
  • To make participants appreciate the importance of fuel processing (or storage) and balance of plant sub-systems to the cost, complexity and market acceptability of fuel cell systems.
  • To make participants aware of different types fuel cells and fuel processing systems.
  • Use case studies from the US, Europe and India to explain the technology.
  • To provide participants hands on experience and practical demonstration of fuel processing systems at the Energy Systems Research Laboratory at IITGN.

Who can attend?

  • Engineers and researchers from the telecommunications industry and scientists from the R&D laboratories of the government with a research focus on PEM and SOFC fuel cells, fuel processing and reforming.
  • Students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level (BSc/BTech, MSc/MTech and PhD)¬†and faculty from recognized academic institutions and technical institutions.

The participation fees for taking the course is as follows:

  • Participants from abroad : US $500
  • Industry/ Research Organizations: Rs. 10000/-
  • Faculty: Rs. 2000/-
  • Students: Rs. 1000/-
  • Reserved Students: Rs. 500/-
Note: Accommodation is included in fees.

Step 1. To register for the course, please visit:
Step 2. Fill this google form.
Step 3. Fee payment (after confirmation email from IIT Gandhinagar)
Note: All steps are mandatory for a successful registration.

Prof. Gregory Jackson
Prof. Gregory Jackson has completed his B.S.M.E. at Rice University and received his M.S. and PhD from Cornell University for his research on liquid fuel combustion. After completing his doctoral studies, he worked at Precision Combustion Inc. from 1993-1997. There he led research and development efforts on catalytic reactors for low-NOx combustion and on catalytic ignition for various applications. He then returned to academia to pursue his own research program. For the next 15 years, he worked at University of Maryland (UMD) teaching thermodynamics and leading a multi-faceted research program in catalytic reactors, low-emissions combustion, fuel cells, and most recently concentrated solar reactors. His work included a successful collaboration with Ballard Power Systems, which led to new group for Ballard located in Maryland developing hydrocarbon-fuelled PEM fuel cell systems. Prof. Jackson joined Colorado School of Mines as Professor and Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2012. He is actively involved in the Colorado Fuel Cell Center (CFCC), conducting research on fuel processing and polymer electrolyte membrane development.

Dr. Atul Bhargav
Dr. Atul Bhargav completed his B-Tech from IIT, Madras in 2002 and received his M.S. and PhD from University of Maryland, College Park, USA in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Prof. Bhargav has experience in building two generations of complete diesel-based PEM fuel cell systems while at Ballard Power Systems, USA. He has been associated with IIT Gandhinagar since 2011 and is currently leading research and development efforts (through sponsored projects) in hydrocarbon based fuel cell systems.

Course Co-ordinator
Prof. Atul Bhargav
Assistant Professor,
Mechanical Engineering
IIT Gandhinagar
Phone: +91-814 030 7813