Junior Researcher

Michael Angelo (MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of HI at Manoa; BS, Chemical Engineering, University of DE), has over 10 years of experience in renewable energy, with an emphasis in the areas of hydrogen fuel cells and derivative technologies in addition to thin film photovoltaics. Mr. Angelo started his career at the Institute of Energy Conversion at the University of Delaware working on the low‐cost manufacture of thin film photovoltaics. He joined the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2005 and received a faculty appointment in 2014. His research has resulted in the development of a low cost diagnostic measurement for evaluating thin film solar cells, contributed to the development of the hydrogen fuel quality standard for fuel cell vehicles, and characterized the effects of hydrogen and air contaminants on fuel cell performance and lifetime. He also developed a novel application for fuel cells that separates hydrogen and helium so that the helium can be purified and reused. The latter project led to the development of a prototype helium recovery system that was deployed and successfully demonstrated at NASA Stennis Space Center. He is concurrently pursuing his phD in mechanical engineering focusing on grid stability issues with large amounts of power generation from distributed photovoltaics. His current research focus with respect to fuel cells is on improving the lifetime of the hydrogen/helium separation system and studying liquid water distribution in hydrogen fuel cells.

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