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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

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

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 and mechnical 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: • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge the components of advanced battery and fuel cell systems, and autonomously apply the principles governing their operation to solve complex problems. • Independently perform systematic and detailed calculations to evaluate figures of merit, such as efficiency and power. • Show sound understanding of the components, operation, and limitations of advanced, state-of-the-art energy storage systems such as flow batteries, supercapacitors, and flywheels. • Evaluate the current, 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. • Demonstrate sound understanding of mechanical and thermal energy storage methods, and critique their effectiveness 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.

Timetabled teaching activities

30 hrs lectures, 2 x 1 hrs seminars and 2 x 1 hrs examples classes Total 34 hrs

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples).

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES96X-15)
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 2
  • MEng Systems Engineering (H63B) - Year 4
Optional
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Exchange Year (H320) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 5
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33A) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33B) - Year 4
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H33C) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37A) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37B) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (H37D) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 5
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 5