Course - Hydrogen Technology, Fuel Cells, Batteries and Solar Cells - TMT4285
TMT4285 - Hydrogen Technology, Fuel Cells, Batteries and Solar Cells
Examination arrangement: School exam
|Evaluation||Weighting||Duration||Grade deviation||Examination aids|
|School exam||100/100||4 hours||C|
Solar radiation. Semiconductors. Electric power from solar cells, principles of operation, characteristics. Power losses and efficiency. Sizing and construction of solar-cell systems. Production and storage of hydrogen. Water electrolysis. Electrical energy from fuel cells. Thermodynamic and kinetic calculations for electrolysis- and fuel cells. Safety in hydrogen handling. Storage of electrical energy in batteries. Applications of solar cells, hydrogen and fuel cells in stationary and mobile systems. Economical and energy analyses for the introduction of energy systems based on renewable energy resources and hydrogen.
The student will after course completion be able to describe the principles of solar cells based on pn-junctions, galvanic cells, and electrolysis cells, define efficiencies and relate these to fundamental physical quantities (for solar cells their band gaps and the solar spectrum, for fuel cells thermodynamic quantities free energy, enthalpy, entropy). She will be able to point out the central parts of the solar cell or the fuel cell/battery and explain their functions. He will be able to describe the the physical implementation of the components and account for typical material choices made in state-of-the-art cells. The student will be able to describe the following fuel cells and account for the advantages and drawbacks: PEMFC, and SOFC. The student will be able to account for the most central principles of hydrogen production and storage. The student will have knowledge about the most common secondary batteries: Lead-acid, Li-ion and Ni metal hydride. The student is able to perform quantitative (analytical) calculations associated with the concepts above, including calculations of efficiency in the presence of ohmic losses and overpotentials for fuel cells and batteries, and simple calculations associated with solar cell characteristics. In addition the student will be able to calculate solar radiation on a tilted solar cell panel facing south, at a given time of the year and position, given the solar irradiation at a horizontal panel at the same time and position. The student will also be able to use a simple laboratory setup for water electrolysis and a fuel cell. The student will be able to account for the general principles of well-to-wheel analyses, and perform simple calculations associated with this.
Learning methods and activities
Lectures, problem sets and laboratory experiments. 50% of the problem sets and the laboratory assignment have to be approved before examination. If the teaching is given in English the Examination papers can be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. Lectures, exercises and laboratory experience with compulsory report delivery. Expected time: Lectures:60 hours; Laboratory and report writing:10 hours; Exercises:30 hours. Self study:100 hours.
Further on evaluation
In case of a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral. Approved exercises and Laboratory reports do not need to be repeated.
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
Basic knowledge in general chemistry and chemical thermodynamics
Required previous knowledge
At least one introductory course in general chemistry at university level
Some basics of thermodynamics
Some basics of materials science
(a) "Solar Electricity", ed. by Tomas Markvart, 2.ed., Wiley (2000), ISBN-0-471-98852-9 (ppc) eller ISBN-0-471-98853-7 (paper back). (b) Millet and Grigoriev, chapter 2, "Water Electrolysis Technologies, in "Renewable Hydrogen Technologies", ed. by Luis M. Gandia, Gurutze Arzamendi and Pedro M. Dieguez (2013). (c) AL Dicks and DAJ Rand "Fuel Cell Systems Explained", selected chapters (d) Written exercises, laboratory exercises and other distributed materials are also required reading list for exam.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: SPRING 2022
Language of instruction: English
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Materials Technology and Electrochemistry
- Technological subjects
Examination arrangement: School exam
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
- Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
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