Race to Zero (R2Z)
The “Race-to-Zero” initiative provided the inspiration for a Virtual Experiential Intercultural Learning student design project. This multi-semester project is an international collaboration between two Peruvian universities, La Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología and La Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería and Purdue University. The goal is to integrate hydrogen fuel cell technologies with a solar photovoltaic microgrid for a proposed mining operation in Peru. Phase One focusses on the system integration of the remote solar photovoltaic microgrid for the trolley charging system of the fleet of electric-drive mining haul trucks. Phase Two focusses on the conversion of the diesel electric-drive to hydrogen fuel cell electric-drive mining vehicles. Phase Three might focus on powertrain architecture changes.
- Renewable Energy Microgrids
- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrains
- Hydrogen Energy Storage for Renewable Energy Technologies
- Fall 2021: TBA
- Spring 2022: TBA