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CME8043 : Fuel Cells System 1

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohamed Mamlouk
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provides training in principles of fuel cells.
To provide training in the engineering of fuel cell systems.

To describe the various important fuel cell types, how they function and how they are designed.
To apply the basic principles of electrochemical engineering to describe fuel cells and systems.
To look at fuel cell and systems design from a commercial and sustainable perspective.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction to fuel cells and electrochemistry
2.       Introduction to thermodynamics of fuel cells
3.       Introduction to fuel cell reaction kinetics
4.       Energy Losses in fuel cells, power, efficiency and fuel utilisation
5.       Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. PEMFC
6.       Other type of fuel cells (Alkaline fuel cells AFC, Phosphoric acid fuel cell PAFC, Molten Carbonate fuel cell MCFC)
7.       Solid oxide fuel cell, SOFC

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials72:0014:00Revision of taught materials and watching Recap videos
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Revise and practice for assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture32:006:00PiP Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture41:004:00PiP Lectures
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities72:0014:00solv quizzes and tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Research for part of assignment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is broken down to discrete units as described in syllabus outline above. Students will be directed to reading lecture materials, followed by watching short videos and answering quizzes and tutorials before moving to next unit. All lectures will be delivered as present in person sessions. Tutorial questions will be attempted by students online after which the students are able to see the solutions and video recordings of the solution methods. The PIP sessions are also available to students to address any questions on assignment preparation and assessment and any other specific questions.

Plan B in case PIP is not possible or not advised:
Move the PIP sessions to synchronous and online sessions as they were conducted in 2020-21.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M100Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Method of assessment will test basic understanding of fundamentals underpinning fuel cell systems and knowledge of fuel cell types, operation and design for a sustainable energy future

Reading Lists