Recently, the science club went on a field trip to the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) in Arcata, California. This field trip was kindly and generously funded by Out of this World, a locally owned science store in Mendocino. A big thanks goes out to James and Marilyn for being supporters of our project. The field trip wouldn't have happened without them, so if you are in Mendocino check them out at the corner of Main and Kasten.


The Field Trippers

The trip to SERC was terrific, on a number of different levels. Firstly, it was amazing to see the giant fuel cells that they work on. As you can see from the pictures below, they outsize ours by just a little!


A SERC fuel cell

Just for comparison purposes, here is a picture of our robot along with a couple of Schatz fuel cells.


Our fuel cell is next to this club member's
right hand

The Schatz Energy Research Center is a leader in developing fuel cell technology. They have quite an impressive array of equipment and projects. The folks at SERC were really nice, and gave the club a thorough tour of their facilities.


SERC's "Stack in the Box"

  
A SERC project

Another aspect of the trip was that we found that SERC has many of the same issues and problems with their fuel cells that we do with ours. It is comforting to know we aren't alone, and we gleaned a lot of useful information and ideas to help us with the project. It was also fun to demonstrate the Hydrobot to folks who really understood what it took to make this project happen and function. Many thanks go out to Andrew and the Schatz Energy Research Center!

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