Parker’s TekStak Educational Kits Offer Students a Hands-On Introduction to Fuel Cell Technology
Parker Energy Systems, a unit of Parker Hannifin Corporation’s new TekStak product line familiarizes students with Parker’s fuel cell system capabilities while they explore this alternative energy technology. Each kit comes complete with molded plastic endplates, graphite composite bipolar plates, membrane electrode assemblies, hardware, gaskets, an assembly manual and an instructional DVD. The TekStak kit can be assembled as a stack of one, five or ten fuel cells. They are durable enough to be repeatedly built, operated, disassembled and rebuilt. The kits retail for $150 for the one cell stack, up to $400 for the ten cell stack and can be purchased online through authorized TekStak
Using these kits, Parker says, students can observe first-hand the process of hydrogen fuel cell power generation. The kits are intended to be educational tools rather than commercial power sources, so their power outputs are relatively low. An instructional DVD illustrates the process by which a membrane in each
cell separates hydrogen electrons and protons, forcing electrons through a circuit. The DVD also provides detailed step-by-step instructions for assembly and suggestions for testing the finished stacks.
This kit is the first product in the TekStak family, which, according to Parker, will be expanded to include a full range of related hardware and accessories. These may include; hydrogen or methanol fuel cartridges, electrolyzer stacks, pressure regulators, valves, fittings, flow meters and test equipment.
According to Parker’s Tom Ollila, Business Development Manager – Fuel Cell
Stacks, “By helping teach the next generation of engineers the technology
behind alternative energy products, Parker is doing its part to create a
cleaner, more energy efficient world.”
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