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ES96X - Fuel Cells and Energy Storage

(15 Credits)

Aims:

To introduce students to the principles of modern energy storage and fuel cells and their applications, including grid-scale storage, vehicle propulsion and portable electronics. The module will provide students with a firm grounding in the thermodynamic principles of electrochemical, electrical and mechanical energy conversion with a focus on fuel cells and energy storage methods, e.g., batteries, supercapacitors and pumped hydro.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion, students will be able to have:

A sound understanding of the underlying principles of electrochemical energy conversion and the ability to apply these methods to general systems. A comprehensive understanding of the operation of advanced electrochemical, mechanical and electrical energy storage methods and their main applications. Understanding of the current and future requirements for such applications. Ability to analyse complex, state-of-the-art fuel cell and storage systems using quantitative analysis: sizing, power requirements and matching, evaluating figures of merit including efficiency and cost.

There will be a number of guest lectures from industry, discussing in detail the R&D needs for next generation fuel cell and battery technologies as well as opportunities (in R&D, consultancy and management) for new graduates in the emerging energy technology sector.

Illustrative Bibliography:

1. X. Li, Principles of Fuel Cells, Taylor and Francis, 2005.
2. R. Huggins, Energy Storage, Springer, 2010.