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General information:
Name:
Fuel cells
Course of study:
2013/2014
Code:
STC-2-209-CF-s
Faculty of:
Energy and Fuels
Study level:
Second-cycle studies
Specialty:
Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy
Field of study:
Chemical Technology
Semester:
2
Profile of education:
Academic (A)
Lecture language:
English
Form and type of study:
Full-time studies
Course homepage:
 
Responsible teacher:
prof. nadzw. dr hab. inż. Dudek Magdalena (potoczek@agh.edu.pl)
Academic teachers:
dr inż. Raźniak Andrzej (razniak@agh.edu.pl)
prof. nadzw. dr hab. inż. Dudek Magdalena (potoczek@agh.edu.pl)
Module summary

Description of learning outcomes for module
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Connections with FLO Method of learning outcomes verification (form of completion)
Skills
M_U001 Student can assemble fuel cell from elements, operates the fuel cell and stack of fuel cells, as well as measure its basic parameters (e.g. the maximum power, electrical efficiency) TC2A_U07, TC2A_U09 Report
Knowledge
M_W001 Student can explain the ionic conductivity, types of electrolytes and electrode processes TC2A_W03, TC2A_W01 Oral answer,
Participation in a discussion
M_W002 Student exolains principles of operation of main electrochemical devices: electrolyzers, sensors and galvanic cells and their applications in practice TC2A_W04, TC2A_W01, TC2A_W08 Oral answer,
Report,
Participation in a discussion
M_W003 Student distinguishes between primary cell, rechargeable battery, flow battery and fuel cell and how they are employed in energy applications. TC2A_W04, TC2A_W17, TC2A_W01, TC2A_W08 Oral answer,
Participation in a discussion
M_W004 Students explains characterizes main types of fuel cells and their characteristics. TC2A_W04, TC2A_W10, TC2A_W08 Oral answer,
Report,
Participation in a discussion
M_W005 Studentcan discuss the importance of new approach to energy problems, in particular where effectiveness of conversion and environment protection is concerned. She/he can explain fundamental laws of hydrogen economy. TC2A_W04, TC2A_W07, TC2A_W14 Oral answer,
Participation in a discussion
FLO matrix in relation to forms of classes
MLO code Student after module completion has the knowledge/ knows how to/is able to Form of classes
Lecture
Audit. classes
Lab. classes
Project classes
Conv. seminar
Seminar classes
Pract. classes
Others
Zaj. terenowe
Zaj. warsztatowe
E-learning
Skills
M_U001 Student can assemble fuel cell from elements, operates the fuel cell and stack of fuel cells, as well as measure its basic parameters (e.g. the maximum power, electrical efficiency) - - + - - - - - - - -
Knowledge
M_W001 Student can explain the ionic conductivity, types of electrolytes and electrode processes + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W002 Student exolains principles of operation of main electrochemical devices: electrolyzers, sensors and galvanic cells and their applications in practice + - + - - - - - - - -
M_W003 Student distinguishes between primary cell, rechargeable battery, flow battery and fuel cell and how they are employed in energy applications. + - - - - - - - - - -
M_W004 Students explains characterizes main types of fuel cells and their characteristics. + - + - - - - - - - -
M_W005 Studentcan discuss the importance of new approach to energy problems, in particular where effectiveness of conversion and environment protection is concerned. She/he can explain fundamental laws of hydrogen economy. + - - - - - - - - - -
Module content
Lectures:

1.Mechanism of ionic conductivity in liquid and solid electrolytes (aqueous , molten salts, polymer and ceramic). Characteristic parameters of ionic conductors.
2.Electrolysis. Faraday law. Electrochemical water splitting. Practical application of electrolysis in industry.
3.Thermodynamics and kinetics of galvanic cell: reversible voltage of the cell (Nernst equation); activation, concentration and ohmic polarizations. Electric efficiency of galvanic cell. Systems of galvanic cells.
4.Primary and rechargeable electrochemical cells, flow batteries, fuel cells. Principles of operation. Main representatives of each galvanic cell type.
5. Hydrogen economy. Hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells: AFC, PAFC, PEMFC, MCFC and SOFC. Electric efficiency of fuel cell, their stacks and systems.
6.Fuel cell supplied with liquid fuels (methanol, formic acid, hydrocarbons), special types of fuel cells (direct fuel cells, direct carbon fuel cell, regenerative, etc.)
7.State-of-the-art technology of fuel cells, practical application – stationary, domestic, portable. Automotive and military application.

Laboratory classes:

Electrolysis of water (polimer electrolyzer). Proton Exchange Membrane (polymeric) (PEMFC), Solid Oxide (SOFC), Direct Methanol and Ethanol (DMFC and DEFC), Direct Carbon (DCFC) Fuel Cells – characteristics, efficiency, parallel and serious connection of the cells, stack of fuel cell.

Student workload (ECTS credits balance)
Student activity form Student workload
Summary student workload 90 h
Module ECTS credits 3 ECTS
Participation in lectures 15 h
Realization of independently performed tasks 25 h
Participation in laboratory classes 30 h
Preparation for classes 20 h
Additional information
Method of calculating the final grade:

Average of oral examination and laboratory exercises

Prerequisites and additional requirements:

Fundamental knowledge of chemistry and physics

Recommended literature and teaching resources:

1. S. Srinivasan, Fuel cells. From Fundamentals to applications, Springer, 2006
2. Hydrogen as a Future Energy Carrier. Eds. A. Zuttel, A. Borgschulte, L. Schlapbach, Weinheim, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmBH&Co, 2008.
3. J. Larminie, A. Dicks. Fuel Cell Systems Explained, 2nd Edition. John Wiley and Sons, 2003.
4. EG&G Technical Services, Inc. Fuel Cell Technology-Hand book, 7th Edition. U.S. Department of Energy, 2004.

Scientific publications of module course instructors related to the topic of the module:

Additional scientific publications not specified

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