What is the Power Station™?

The ElectroChem Power Station is an integrated family of laboratory modules that provide data acquisition, operational control, gas management, humidification, and temperature controls. In each system there is a: Powerstation 1

  • PowerStation™ System controller (and load)
  • one or more gas management units
  • additional optional components
  • integrated PowerStation™ Software

Powerstation General image 2

 

Typical PowerStation configuration with the CompuCell gas management unit

The “First Family” of Fuel Cell Test Stations:

  • fully integrated systems and Windows based software
  • designed explicitly for fuel cell testing
  • user friendly software provides flexibility of operation in a safe environment • supports PEM, alkaline, phosphoric acid and DMFC

Priorities in a Test Station:

It is important to verify the fuel cell performance.
It is more important to measure the operating variables.
It is most important to control those variables.
It is vital that it be done safely.

 

The Key Control Variables are:

  • reactant flow
  • water management
  • temperature control
  • pressure control
  • electronic load control

 

How the PowerStation™ Meets These Needs:

  • modular construction – fixed designs for safety and reliability meets CE marking requirements
  • fully integrated software and system control
  • components selected for quality, safety and cost
  • system designs responsive to customer needs
  • automated data acquisition and system control
  • cleanliness in materials and design – steenless steel internal components
  • flexible operation in manual modes
  • unattended safe operation

 

Powerstation 2What Test Stations need to be:

Fuel Cell performance depends on key operational variables that ultimately define the viability for specific applications. Defining this performance and its repeatability is critical to the ongoing advancement of this exciting technology. The Fuel Cell Test Station is the R & D tool for reliable and efficient quantification of performance. Providing control and data acquisition during fuel cell operation, it enables complete performance characterization and validation.

 

 

Compatible Modules and Accessories:

  • CompuCell: 2 humidified and controlled gas lines
  • PS-Ultima: 8 humidified and controlled gas lines
  • PS-R (Reformer): 6 independently controlled gas lines for simulated reformer gas supply
  • PS-DR (Dual Range): 2 gas lines with 4 MFCs for high dynamic range
  • DMFC: methanol reservoir and fuel pump – computer controlled for precision, variable condition, and unattended testing
  • GTL: heated gas transfer lines – temperature controlled by the PowerStation™, guaranteeing gas conditions to the cell
  • Moisture Traps: capture of downstream condensed water

 

Controller Gas Management Accessories Application
PowerStation™ System Controller and Software CompuCell™ DMFC, GTL and water traps testing of catalysts, MEAs, single cell, stacks and direct methanol fuel cells
PS-R™ (Reformer) GTL simulated reformer performance of catalysts, MEAs, single cells and stacks
PS-DR™ (Dual Range) GTL wide dynamic range testing of single cells and stacks

 

Added Interests:

Testing of many cells accurately and efficiently. The abilily to address several fuel cell technologies.

Powerstation 3

What is the PS-Ultima™?

The PS-Ultima™ is a special variation of the PowerStation™ that provides the ability to test up to five fuel cells simultaneously while under independent gas management, humidification and temperature controls.
Its main modules are:

  1. PS-Ultima™ system controller (and load)
  2. CompuCell™ gas management unit
  3. Ultima gas management unit
  4. additional optional components
  5. integrated PS-Ultima™ software