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RE3B - Fabrication Technologies

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Module name:

Fabrication Technologies

Scope and form:

The Fabrication Technologies module enables students to acquire high-performance knowledge and skills needed to help boost the productivity, innovation, and competitiveness of manufacturers in different hardware areas of renewable energy. Students gain fabricating skills in fuel and solar cells and car batteries.

Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

15 weeks; 4hours/week

Type of assessment:

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Qualified Prerequisites:

Fundaments of mathematics and physics (bachelor); Basic Analogue and Digital Electronics with projects; Applied electromagnetics & Electrical machines

General module objectives:

The objective of the module is the acquisition of knowledge regarding the fabric of special hardware to renewable energy production, namely fuel and solar cells and batteries for electric cars. A project for small systems using solar and fuel cells is required as application.

Topics and short description:

Introduction to the fabric technologies; economics aspects of different fabric technologies
Fuel Cells, Different types of fuel cells: Alkaline Fuel Cells (AFC), Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells (PAFC), Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFC); design; Technologies of the different types of fuel cells. Comparison of fuel cell types, Efficiency of leading fuel cell types, Fuel cells Applications (Power, Cogeneration, Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs)), Fueling stations
Solar cells, or photovoltaic cells, Cells, modules, panels and systems, Declining costs and exponential growth, Solar cells Materials , Solar cells Manufacture, Solar cells efficiency; Comparison solar cells types, Applications of solar cells
Electric vehicle batteries (EVB), Batteries types: lead-acid batteries, lithium-ion batteries, Nickel cadmium batteries; Technologies of the different types of batteries, Batteries costs, Batteries charging, Charging station, Comparison between different types of batteries

Learning outcomes:




Fuel Cells

Capacity to understand the importance of fuel cells

Comprehend the fundamentals of fuel cells

Fundamentals of fuel cells

Understand the physical principle of fuel cells

To introduce the use of fuel cells to energy conservation

Solar Cells

Understand the physical principle of a solar cells

To introduce the use of solar cells to energy conservation

Solar Cells

To project a solar cells system for a house

To increase the use of solar cells for energy efficiency of a family house

Electric vehicle batteries (EVB)

Capacity to understand the physics of different vehicle batteries

To compare the different technologies of electric vehicle batteries

Recommended literature:

Fuel Cell Fundamentals , Ryan O'Hayre and Suk-Won Cha, John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition 2009, ISBN-10: 0470258438.
Fuel Processing: for Fuel Cells, Gunther Kolb, Wiley VCH; 1 edition (26 Mar. 2008), ISBN-10: 3527315810.
Tomorrow's Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet, Peter Hoffmann and Byron Dorgan , MIT Press; Revised and expanded 2nd edition, 2012,ISBN-10: 0262516950.
Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts,Peter W├╝rfel, 2009, ISBN-10: 3527408576.
Solar Cells: Materials, Manufacture and Operation, Second Edition 2012, ISBN-10: 0123869641 by Augustin McEvoy and L. Castaner.
The Electric Car: Development and Future of Battery, Hybrid and Fuel-Cell Cars (Iee Power & Energy Series, 38) , Michael Westbrook, December 1, 2001.
Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars, and the New Lithium Economy, Seth Fletcher 2011, ISBN-10: 0809030535.