Students secure placements with green technology pioneer

Photo of Dr Michaela Kendall at Birmingham City University

Two BSc Mechanical Engineering students have won placements with clean technology developer Adelan as a result of their outstanding fuel cell projects. 

BSc Mechanical Engineering

Birmingham City University

Philip Robinson and Rambir Khatar are now working with the Birmingham-based company that is a major player in the global fuel cell market.

The internships came through an industrial partnership between the Knowledge-Based Engineering Lab, based at Birmingham City University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment, and green tech pioneer Adelan. To extend this successful collaboration, Adelan and the University devised two challenging eco-projects for final-year Engineering students to solve.

The first involved designing and developing the housing for a fuel cell used in campervans, while the second required students to redesign a fuel cell for home use. Philip and Rambir’s projects were judged the best in the two categories.

As a result of the success of these projects, Dr Chennam Vijay Ventakesh and Visiting Professor and Adelan co-founder Dr Michaela Kendall have drafted and submitted a joint proposal for another partnership that would use a fuel cell knowledge-based engineering approach. This is currently awaiting approval.

The Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment have been working on fuel cell-related projects with Dr Michaela Kendall since 2016. To date they have submitted proposals for £900,000 worth of funding for their projects.

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