CME8044 : Fuel Cells System II

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 biological fuel cell systems and design.

To provides training in principles of advanced fuel cells.
To provide training in the engineering and design of fuel cell 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.       Other type of energy storage systems: Carbon Air, Metal Air, Redox, regenerative. The sub unit describes the principles of operation and design of other potential fuel cells systems.
6.       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.
7.       Operation of biological fuel cells which offer prospects for sustainable energy. Applications of microbial and biological fuel cells and principles of operation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Assessment completion
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading551:0055:00Directed reading and research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study111:3011:30Review lecture material, prepare 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 Examination902M60Closed book assessment - end of block module week
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M40Fundamental fuel cell design assignment
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 system design and operation understanding and their appreciation of fuel cells for a more sustainable energy future.

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