Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

SPG8007 : Renewable Energy: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to provide students with comprehensive and systematic knowledge to support the integration and use of hydrogen, electrotechnical power sources and fuel cells in the energy sector. In particular, the module will focus on the opportunities for using hydrogen, how it is produced and fuel cell technology.
The module provides essential material for the hydrogen economy and fuel cell technology, in particular the opportunities for using hydrogen; the use of hydrogen in a hydrogen economy; hydrogen production / generation, storage and distribution of hydrogen as a fuel; future potential methods for generating hydrogen based on renewable energy or fuels. The module also addresses thermodynamic & kinetic principles of electrochemical power sources and fuel cells, and current fuel cell technologies available.

Outline Of Syllabus

Appropriate physical chemistry: units, thermodynamics, kinetics and basic electrochemistry.
Electrochemical power sources (batteries and capacitors.)
Reactor engineering (Introduction to chemical engineering, material and energy balances, heat transfer separation processes and process design)
Hydrogen reforming technology
Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen Production
Hydrogen economy
Fuel Cell Technology
Battery technology
Supercapacitor technology

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Pre-school assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading148:0048:00Pre-school study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching151:0015:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

With the focus on guided independent study, the pre-school reading material will enable fundamental understanding of Hydrogen & Fuel Cell technology. This will be reinforced in lectures, tutorial and class exercise sessions and exposure to laboratory demonstration plan during the intensive school week. The assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the use of hydrogen and fuel cell systems. This knowledge and understanding will also be assessed via the unseen written examination.

Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be assessed through both the written examination and assignment. The other key skills will not be assessed but students will need to utilise these skills in order to access the self guided material and prepare assignments.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202M50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M50Pre-school assignment: task based case studies and reports.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Pre-School Assignment will include task based, case studies and reports.

The pre-school assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the practical use and design of hydrogen systems for production and storage and fuel cell systems based on fundamentals of electrochemical power sources. This knowledge and understanding will also be assessed via the unseen written examination.

Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be assessed through both the written examination and assignments. The other key skills will not be assessed but students will need to utilise these skills in order to access the self guided material and prepare the assignment.

In order to pass the module, students must attain a minimum of 40 in each component of assessment. Failure to reach 40 in each component will result in a module mark no greater than 49. This rule has been introduced as an accreditation requirement on the Reflex or REEM programmes.

Reading Lists

Timetable