CME8043 : Fuel Cells System 1

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:303:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Assignment completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading150:0050:00Directed research and reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study120:3020:30Review of lecture material, preparation for small group teaching
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The materials are posted on blackboard to be read by students prior to the lecture. The materials are divided into discrete units. Lectures will be followed by tutorial sessions to aid students in their understanding of fuel cell systems and their design and operational characteristics.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60Closed book examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M40Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Methods of assessment will test basic understanding and knowledge of fuel cell systems via the end of semester exam. Coursework assignment will assess the students fuel cell design and operation understanding and their appreciation of fuel cells for a more sustainable energy future.

Reading Lists