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ES96X - Fuel Cells and Energy Storage

  • Module code: ES96X
  • Module name: Fuel Cells and Energy Storage
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To introduce students to the principles of modern energy storage and fuel cells and their applications, including grid-scale storage, vehicle propulsion and portable electronics. The module will provide students with a firm grounding in the thermodynamic principles of electrochemical, electrical and mechanical energy conversion with a focus on fuel cells and energy storage methods, e.g., batteries, supercapacitors and pumped hydro.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • Autonomously apply the principles governing the operation of advanced battery and fuel cell systems to solve complex problems.
  • Independently perform systematic and detailed calculations to evaluate figures of merit, such as efficiency and power.
  • Critically evaluate the components, operation, and limitations of advanced, state-of-the-art energy storage systems such as flow batteries, supercapacitors, and flywheels.
  • Evaluate the existing, and hypothesize the future requirements of energy storage and fuel cell applications.
  • Evaluate specifications and demonstrate an autonomous ability to select and size appropriate energy storage technologies.
  • Critique the effectiveness of mechanical and thermal energy storage systems in various applications and illustrating technology limitations.
  • Critique the material requirements for current and future fuel cell and energy storage technologies, and show a sound understanding of the main degradation mechanisms.