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CME8044 : Electrochemical energy conversion and storage

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mohamed Mamlouk
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


•       To look at fuel cell and systems design from a commercial and sustainable perspective.
•       To describe newer emerging fuel cells that can provide power form sustainable energy.
•       To describe alternative emerging biological fuel cell systems and design. Electrochemical energy conversion e.g. electrolysers and storage e.g. batteries systems and be aware of other energy storage technologies their merits and limitations
•       To provides training in principles of advanced fuel cells Electrochemical energy conversion and storage.
•       To provide training in the engineering and design of fuel cell and other electrochemical systems

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Principles of Fuel Cells: This sub-unit describes the fundamental thermodynamic, the mass balance and the electrochemical principles of fuel cells and explains concepts of fuel cell efficiency and power performance parameters.
2. Losses in fuel cells with focus on: activation loss, ohmic loss, mass transport, CO poisoning, cross-over loss and internal currents
3. Current/potential distribution in a fuel cell
4. Direct alcohol and alcohol fuel cells. The sub-unit describes fuel cells which can operate with sustainable fuels produced by for example fermentation.
5. Fuel Cell Systems. The sub-unit describes the design of the additional components of a fuel cell system that enable its practical use as a power generation device. It includes aspects of reformer design heat exchange and electronic and power conditioning.
6- Other energy conversion systems: water electrolysers for green hydrogen production. The sub-unit describes the principles of operation and design of these systems.
7. Energy storage systems: Metal ion, Metal Air, Redox, regenerative. The sub-unit describes the principles of operation, materials and design of these systems. sub-unit will also introduce current energy storage technologies their merits and limitations.
8. Li-ion battery.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Revision of materials and watching short 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 ActivitiesLecture51:005:00PiP Lectures
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities82:0016:00Solve quizzes and tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading149:0049:00Background Research and working on 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.

Original Handbook text:
Fuel cell Systems explained - J Larmanie and A Dicks

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M100Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Coursework assignment will assess the students' fuel cell system design and operation understanding and their appreciation of fuel cells for a more sustainable energy future.

Reading Lists