About The Center For Fuel Cells and Batteries

The UD Center for Fuel Cells and Batteries (previously the Center for Fuel Cell Research) is part of the University of Delaware’s commitment to being a leading resource for innovative energy technologies under the ‘umbrella’ of the University of Delaware Energy Institute (UDEI).

UDEI is the driving force for interdisciplinary research and education on alternative energy at the university and encompasses a number of prominent institutes and centers on campus, including the CFCB.  The CFCB is housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the UD College of Engineering.

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About 20 faculty in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences are engaged in fuel cell and battery research. They have established laboratories for fundamental and applied research on fuel cells, batteries, and supercapacitors, attracted a large group of student and post-doctoral researchers, become a visible presence at electrochemistry conferences, and published in the top journals in the field.

They have obtained substantial funding from federal (ARL, ARO, ONR, AFOSR, DOE, NSF and FTA), state (DNREC and DEDO), and industry sources (DuPont, WL Gore, Air Liquide, Fuceltech, BP, ACS-PRF, ConocoPhillips, Rohm-Haas, Engelhard/BASF, Praxair, Ballard, EPRI, and EBus).

The University of Delaware will benefit from a timely confluence of political, industrial and academic agendas centered on fuel cells and batteries.

Our efforts have been strongly supported by our congressional delegations.

Our Mission

  • To create a platform for research collaboration and national and international recognition.
  • To promote fundamental and applied research on fuel cells, batteries, and electrochemical capacitors, as well as address critical barriers to commercialize these electrochemical technologies.
  • To provide students with opportunities to participate in fuel cell and battery research and demonstration projects.
  • To support companies engaged in the development of fuel cell and battery technology.
  • To conduct public outreach to educate the community about the benefits and development of fuel cells and batteries.