At the Center of Scientific Research in Ouargla, Algeria, Heliocentris installed a major renewable training lab designed to help develop a diverse understanding of different types of energy sources and how they are used. Through the project, we installed Fuel Cell Trainers, Solar Hydrogen Extensions, a Nexa Training System, and a hydrogen generator. All of these systems will be used to educate engineers on the usefulness and effectiveness of combining solar and hydrogen as primary energy sources.
Recently, Horizon Educational and Heliocentris Academia hosted a fuel cell training session at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, California. Rio Hondo’s Alternative Fuel Program was created by Professor John Frala and through his program, he has created the first hydrogen fuel cell training certificate in the United States. Professor Frala’s program is designed to train automotive technicians on all types of alternative fuel sources, in order to properly prepare them for any automotive technician job.
Many of Professor Frala’s students have received job offers companies like Tesla, Honda, Proterra, and Los Angeles Metropolitan Transport Authority. As Professor Frala has created and expanded his program, he hopes that it can be used to create more alternative fuel programs in colleges throughout the United States.
Over the two day training session, we covered several of our trainers including the Fuel Cell Trainer, Hybrid Energy Lab-System, and HyDrive – Electric Vehicle Trainer. Professor Frala obtained these trainers to incorporate into his fuel cell certificate program and give his students a greater understanding of fuel cell technology through hands-on experiences.
Along with Professor Frala and some of his staff, the event was attended by professors from Mount San Jacinto College, East Los Angeles College, and others throughout the Southern California region. Each of these professors are interested in bringing fuel cell education to their campuses over the coming years and wanted to learn more about how professor Frala intended to set up our trainers within his program.
If you would like to learn more about Professor John Frala’s alternative fuels program, please visit Rio Hondo College’s link here or follow Professor Frala’s blog!
Electrical engineering students from TFH Berlin, University of Applied Sciences had been working on creating an alternative energy go-kart. The team of students designed their go-kart to utilize hydrogen and fuel cells as their power source and with the help of our Nexa® Fuel Cell System, the students were able to complete their design. Throughout their project, the team at TFH Berlin really demonstrated their understanding of the advantages of fuel cells as a new and cutting edge power source that would help their go-kart’s range and efficiency.
The team composed their vehicle using our 1.2Kw fuel cell to power the go-kart’t motor. Through this project, the student’s were able to get hands-on experience with installing and using fuel cell systems. Dr. Till Hühns described the experience of using fuel cells as an alternative energy by saying, “Fuel cell technology is not mere theory anymore, but became a real experience for our students with the help of Heliocentris.” We, at Heliocentris, are so happy to be able to partner with students and educators like TFH Berlin and expose more people to the greatness of hydrogen fuel cells.