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CME8131 : Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Mohamed Mamlouk
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


• To provide students with an in-depth knowledge of Electrocehmical Energy conversion and storage (EECS) technologies including fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries and their important role in sustainable and decarbonised energy and transport systems.
• To provide students with understanding of materials used in EECS, how various EECS systems function, how they are designed and manufactured, and their figures of merit from a commercial and sustainable perspective.
• To provide students with training in engineering and design of electrochemical energy converge and storage systems

Outline Of Syllabus

Fundamentals and principles of electrochemical engineering:
•       Introduction to Electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies and their role in sustainable energy and transport systems
•       Introduction to Electrochemistry (History, definitions, redox reactions, electromotive force)
•       Thermodynamics of Electrochemical systems (Electrolytic and galvanic cells, Electrical work, Equilibrium potential and Nernst equation, standard electrode potentials, Pourbaix diagram)
•       Kinetics of Electrochemical reactions (Activation energy, exchange current density/ rate equation (heterogenous catalyst), Galvani potential (Electrode-electrolyte), Butler Volmer and Tafel equations)
•       Mass transport in Electrochemical system (Fick’s law of diffusion, transport in porous media and in solids, energy losses caused by mass transport: concentration loss, cross-over, mixed potential)
•       Mole, Mass and Charge balances in Electrochemical systems/reactors (Faraday law of Electrolysis, conversion, Columbic efficiency, concentration/pressures at inlets/outlets, impact of reaction rate/current distribution)
•       Energy losses, and Efficiency in Electrochemical system (reversible and irreversibilities losses: ohmic, kinetics, concentration, 1st law, 2nd law and practical efficiency)

Devices and system design and engineering
•       Hydrogen fuel cell technologies (Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, alkaline fuel cells, phosphoric acid fuel cells, Molten carbonate fuel cells, Solid oxide fuel cells).
•       Hydrogen fuel cell system design (cell stacking, components, Fuel processing, Fuel choice, Fuel purity, bottoming or topping cycle, process flow diagram)
•       Direct Alcohol fuel cells and their systems process flow diagram
•       Electrolysis: Electrochemical Hydrogen production and CO2 reduction (PEM, alkaline and SOFC electrolysis, system design and components, scale-up, integration with renewables, cost and efficiency).
•       Electrochemical Energy storage technologies (Li-ion batteries system from materials to pack, Redox flow batteries, Metal-air batteries, Lead-acid batteries)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:3021:00Reviewing lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00preparation and completion of the report
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Lectures
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities141:0014:00Reviewing and practicing tutorials
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading149:0049:00As part of developing design and equations and selection criteria to complete assignment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudySkills practice130:0030:00As part of design for assignment
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is broken down to 14 discrete units as described in syllabus outline above. Students will be directed to reading lecture materials, followed by tutorials/answering questions before moving to next unit. All lectures will be delivered as present in person sessions. Tutorial questions will be attempted by students during in person small teaching sessions where lecturer will be moving between students getting feedback on their learning and prompting the students. Students will follow-up and are able to see the solutions and video recordings of the solution methods.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj2M100Assignment/ design project (up to 4000 words or equivalent)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment is open ended course work/assignment appropriate for MSc level. No formative assessment is included as this is substituted by 14 tutorials where feedback on students learning is captured.

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