Introduction to Fuel Cells

Course Description:

The focus of the Introduction to Fuel Cells is to introduce fuel cells, principles of operation of various fuel cells, and details on their components and performance.

Students will Learn:

  • The current state of technology of stationary and automotive fuel cell systems and components, and the challenges the industry faces today.

Course Modules:

Module 1 – Design

  • Learning Objective: Identify the types of practical fuel cells, their operational principles, and basic electrochemistry for understanding key processes in the fuel cell.

Module 2 –Performance

  • Learning Objective: Explore laws governing fuel cell operation, methods to calculate fuel cell open circuit voltage, fuel cell losses and efficiency, and fuel cell design equations.

Module 3 – Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

  • Learning Objective: Analyze details on the polymer electrolyte fuel cells and methanol fuel cells, their components, water management, cooling requirements, and performance.

Module 4 – Alkaline and Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells

  • Learning Objective: Analyze details on the alkaline fuel cells and phosphoric acid fuel cells, their components, performance, and recent development, and applications.

Module 5 – Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell

  • Learning Objective: Explore details on the molten carbonate fuel cells, and solid oxide fuel cells, their components, performance, and recent development and practical systems.

Recommended Background:

  • Graduate students interested in nuclear engineering with a focus on fuel cells.

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