About Our Project


  • We wanted to work with a fuel cell
  • Fuel cells have a higher efficiency than diesel or gas engines
  • Most fuel cells operate silently, compared to internal combustion engines
  • The maintenance of fuel cells is simple since there are few moving parts in the system
  • Less air pollutants
  • Will be used for educational purposes by the Florida Solar Energy Center
  • Possibly have a concept that could be used in consumer vehicle

Goals and Objectives

  • The system will be capable of powering the RC car to achieve performance on par with consumer products
  • The fuel cell will be output power provided with a supply of hydrogen
  • The system will output power for external use
  • Continuously display measurements and information on a webpage with a modern UI


Component Parameter Design Specification
Drive System Maximum Speed 5 MPH
Power System External Output 12 V, 1 A DC
Power System External Input +-20 V
Fuel Cell Output 6 V to 10.5 V

Technical Advisor

Location: Florida Solar Energy Center
Address: 1679 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922
Email: pbrooker@fsec.ucf.edu

B.S., Chemical Engineering
Brigham Young University, 2004

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering
University of Connecticut, 2009

Dr. Paul Brooker received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University Provo, Utah in 2004. In 2009, he completed his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, under the direction of Dr. Richard Parnas. His graduate and post-doctoral studies investigated the performance of fuel cells, as a function of electrode structure and membrane/electrode interfaces. He is currently an Assistant Research Professor at the Florida Solar Energy Center.

In addition to fuel cell membrane and electrode characterization, Dr. Brooker has extensive experience in identifying fuel cell failure mechanisms, through both in-situ and ex-situ characterization methods. His fuel cell expertise has expanded into flow battery research, where he is developing electrodes for enhanced performance of all-vanadium flow batteries. He has also developed a method to selectively reduce the negative electrolyte solution to ensure proper charge balance between the positive and negative solutions. Additionally, Dr. Brooker provides support for the Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium (PVMC), where he has assisted in identifying failure modes and wear mechanisms for diamond wires used in silicon wafer slicing.

Biography and Publications for Dr. Brooker
HydroCar Group with Dr. Brooker

Group Members

Name Major Biography
Andre Beckus Electrical Engineering Andre Beckus has a degree in computer science and is working towards a second bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He plans on pursuing a master's degree in mathematics starting in spring 2016.
Bruno Pegoraro Electrical Engineering Bruno Pegoraro is a 25 year old senior student of the electrical engineering department at the University of Central Florida. He is presently working at Lockheed Martin in the components engineering group.
James Choi Computer Engineering James Choi is an undergraduate working towards a computer engineering major with interests in software engineering and computer science. He has experience and interests in web application development and plans on pursuing a degree in computer science in 2016.
Edwin Perez Computer Engineering Edwin Perez is a Computer Engineering student and an intern at Northrop Grumman. He has an interest in web designing and hopes to open his own business making websites for businesses in the near future. He is pursuing a career at Northrop Grumman as a Cyber Security Engineer after graduation.



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