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FFY630 - Fuel cells - function and materials
Owner: TTFYA
5,0 Credits (ECTS 7,5)
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Level: D
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: Swedish

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp
0104 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   Contact examiner

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Bitr professor  Bengt-Erik Mellander


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Course specific prerequisites

Basic thermodynamics


The course aims at giving a fundamental understanding of the function and materials of fuel cells, materials properties and components. What is needed to make the technique commercially available will be discussed. The goal of the course is that the student will be able to use their knowledge from different fields within the fuel vell technology and to identify, formulate and solve fuel cell related problems.


The interest for fuel cells has increased considerably due to their potential for mobile and portable applications as well as for stationary power production. The most important advantages of the fuel cell technique are the high efficiency, low emissions and noise level. The course treats the basic principles of the fuel cell technology and performance will be described from a thermodynamic perspective. Different types of fuel cells will be discussed, e.g. the polymer fuel cell (PEM), the phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC), the molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) and the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Also new types such as the intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (ITSOFC) will be treated. Materials, ion and electron transport, performance and analysis will be focused. Balance-of-plant, fuels and fuel reforming as well as related aspects concerning for example distribution of the produced electricity will also be taken into consideration.


Lectures and exercises


Most part of the literature will be available on Internet. Detailed information will be available on the web-site.


Written exam

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