The National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) is located on the Campus of the University of California, Irvine. It was dedicated in 1998 by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission to accelerate the development and deployment of fuel cell technology, to provide an outreach to the market, to address market hurdles, and to provide leadership in the preparation of educational materials and programs throughout the country.
The University of California at Irvine has a rich tradition in energy and environmental studies, and is located in the heart of a region that is internationally recognized for leadership in energy and transportation research and innovation. The City of Irvine is one of the largest planned communities in the country and known for its long standing record of environmental stewardship. The majority of the world’s automobile designs emanate from the region, and the area is the home to the world’s largest concentration of energy consulting firms.
The NFCRC engages undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines of engineering and the physical and biological sciences, and collaborates on courses and team projects with both the social sciences and business sciences. Faculty have had a long standing tradition as well in the conduct of collaborative studies with the health sciences. The outreach of the NFCRC is conducted with institutions around the world, through the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative (CaSFCC), the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CFCP), the U.S. Fuel Cell Council, the Fuel Cell Seminar, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Annual International Fuel Cell Engineering, Technology, and Science Conference, the Annual International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG), and the Pacific Rim Consortium on Energy, Combustion , and the Environment (PARCON).
Please visit our website at: www.nfcrc.uci.edu