In accordance with its development plan and in order to train efficient human resources and encourage applied research, VRU embarked on the initiative to generate fuel cells in conjunction with Rafsanjan's Industrial Complex back in 2003. Laboratory and empirical activities began with the purchase of a 50w fuel cell. Upon setting up and carrying out some experiments, extensive research on the construction of the field, electrode membrane, preheating gas, cooling the fuel cell stack, electrolysis of water in the gas diffusion layers, and humidifier were implemented, which led to many desirable outcomes. Considering the significance of the issue, the available resources, and the need for expanding research-oriented laboratory facilities in this field, capital investments were made to develop fuel cell research laboratory as a long-trm objective of VRU.
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Laboratory is one of 7 quipped laboratories in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cell countrywide.
In fact, VRU's hydrogen and fuel cell laboratory was opened up along with 6 other laboratories throughout the country (in the field of hydrogen energy and fuel cell) in 2012. The aims of equipping this laboratory were to train skilled human resources, and to perform specialized projects in order to obtain competence and technical knowledge and provide service to the applicants from the privative and public sectors.
The most important of department projects include:
Fabrication of MEA (Membrane electrode assembly)
Fabrication of single fuel cell
Fabrication of fuel cell test device
Fabrication of hydrogen immunity system for the laboratory
Fabrication of Gas distribution Carbon plates, plates with different grooves and retainer plates
Designing and Fabrication of high-temperature fuel cell hybrid of 14-seater minibus running on solar panel
Projects in progress:
Construction of MEA via deposition
Design and construction of high temperature polymer cell
Designing and fabricating fuel cell power supply in telecom backup
Construction of methanol and natural gas reformers
Construction of MEA with deposition of nanoparticle
Construction of electrode membrane with high temperature
The development of fuel cell using deposition of nanoparticles in constructing the new electrodes
Design of fuel cell electric forklifts, sedans, and motorcycles over and above obtaining the technical know-how.
Design and construction of hydrogen gas stations
With the existing equipment and the specialized personnel, this laboratory is capable of producing different types of MEA and assemble fuel cell stack through cold. The laboratory contains the following equipment:
Hood equipped with hydrogen security sensors
Precision scale with an accuracy of 0.0001g
test station for high and low-power fuel cell
Various cotton and bar elements
Various thermometers and measurement instruments
Nafion 115, 117, 111
Various liquid nafions & catalyst carbon power
Various carbon tissues with different meshes
Various hydrophobic and normal carbon papers
High and low temperatures of graphite as electrode