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