Energy Systems Design Laboratory

University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
What the facility does

Research on energy systems fabrication, characterization, analysis and design, such as fuel cells, electrolyzers and flywheels.

Areas of expertise

The goal of the Energy Systems Design Laboratory  is to develop, via experimental analysis and mathematical modelling, a fundamental understanding of mass, charge, and reactive transport in mechanical and electrochemical energy systems that can minimize environmental and socio-political impact while maintaining reliability, durability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. To achieve this goal, we use the following approach:

  • fabricate and characterize, via ex-situ and in-situ testing, the energy system;
  • develop mathematical models of the energy system, using fluid mechanics, mass transport in porous media, charge transport and electrochemistry;
  • develop optimization formulations for the design of the energy system; and
  • fabricate and test the computationally optimized energy systems.
Research services

Fabrication, characterization and testing of polymer electrolyte fuel cells, characterization of porosity and pore-size distribution of porous media via mercy intrusion porosimetry, measurement of gas permeability and molecular diffusivity  of porous media samples

Sectors of application
  • Automotive
  • Clean technology
  • Education
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services



Quantachrome PoreMaster 33 mercury intrusion porosimeter

Measures porosity and pore-size distribution

In-house gas permeabilty and diffusivity setup

Measures gas permeability and diffusivity

Two fuel cell test stations (Scribner 850e Multi-Range Fuel Cell Test System )

Measures fuel cell performance (iV-curve), EIS and CV.

Potentiostat (Princeton Applied Research VersaSTAT4)

Electrochemical applications; fuel cell development, EIS and CV.

Environmental chamber for test from -40C to 100C (Cincinnati Sub-Zero)



  • Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation Corp.