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APEP Research Facility

About the Center

The Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) consists of three organizational elements: The National Fuel Cell Research Center, The UCI Combustion Laboratory, and the Pacific Rim Consortium on Combustion, Energy, and the Environment.

Major goals include Education, Research and Development, Beta Testing, Demonstrations, and facilitation of new technologies into the market.


National Fuel Cell Research Center

is one component of the APEP program, is involved in the advancement of fuel cell technology. Along with its members and affiliates, the NFCRC has established four integrated components to pursue this goal. They are research, beta testing, technology transfer and education. Research is composed of systems analyses, components, operations, enabling technologies and the fuel cell market. Beta testing consists of inspecting pre-commercial energy systems for operational readiness. Technology transfer involves forming strategic alliances as well as informing the fuel cell community about advances in distributed power generation and emerging markets. Finally, education comprises development and dissemination of scholastic information to graduate and undergraduate college students as well as performing outreach activities for continuing pupils and K-12 students. 

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The UCI Combustion Laboratory

is second component of the APEP program, participates in the advancement of continuous combustion technology. The lab maintains a focus on gas turbines, boilers, furnaces and related technologies while researching difficult issues to develop technical solutions. The UCICL strives to bridge between engineering science and practical systems while forming strategic alliances between university, industry, agencies and national labs. The combustion lab has two components, each with a different emphasis. The University Gas Turbine Laboratory concentrates on high performance low emission combustors by evaluating combustor active control, staged combustors, advanced fuel injection techniques and next generation propulsion materials. The UGTL includes programs in catalytic combustors and performance analysis of duel fuel and biomass fuel systems. The second component, the University Boiler and Furnace Laboratory conducts research and performs characterization of systems including industrial generic burners, furnace burners and industrial boiler-burners. The UBFL also has programs in burner active control and air toxic emissions analysis.

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Pacific Rim Consortium in Combustion, Energy, and the Environment

(PARCON) main goals involve the advancement of the evolution of energy and environmental control technologies, and to promote more informed decision making. The Consortium emphasizes communication and the exchange of technologies and tools available to address the energy challenges in the world with immediate focus on those germane to the Pacific Rim region. PARCON is comprised of two key industries, two universities, and a national laboratory from each member country. The rationale is that collaboration and cooperation can facilitate resolution of the conflict between energy generation and environmental impact. Through access to university and industrial labs in member countries, core participants work with cutting-edge energy research.

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