FUEL CELLS AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION SYSTEMS

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Code
86660
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 10170 ENERGY ENGINEERING (LM-30) SAVONA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
ING-IND/09
LANGUAGE
English
TEACHING LOCATION
SAVONA (ENERGY ENGINEERING )
semester
1° Semester
modules

OVERVIEW

This course (completely in English) shows the fundamental know-how of fuel cells and distributed generation systems (thermodynamics and component performance): different typologies, layouts, technological and environmental aspects. Different small size systems are considered for distributed generation applications. Special attention is devoted to combined heat and power generation including laboratory experiences.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The purpose of this course is to provide the students with the fundamental know-how related to fuel cells and to the concept of distributed generation systems. The attention is mainly focused on thermodynamic theory and component performance. Fuel cells are presented putting emphasis on different technology types, hybrid system plant layouts, technological and environmental aspects. This course also proposes to provide students with basic knowledge and operative elements to design different small size systems (internal combustion engines, microturbines, stirling engines, fuel cells) for applications in distributed generation grids. For this part of the course, special attention is devoted to combined heat and power generation providing students with laboratory experiences.

TEACHING METHODS

  • 42  hours:     theoretical lessons.
  • 6 hours:        laboratory activities. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

  • Fuel cells (basic structure, brief history, technological status, cost considerations); fuel cell types (polymeric, alkaline, phosphoric acid, molten carbonate, solid oxide); fuel cell electrochemistry (ideal and losses).
  • Fuel cells: influence of main operative properties (pressure and temperature), materials, performance, fuel processing (external and internal reforming).
  • Hybrid systems with high temperature fuel cells (MCFC; SOFC).
  • Hydrogen generation, storage and utilization.
  • Distributed generation systems: basic aspects, microturbines and stirling engines.
  • Distributed generation systems: co-generation and tri-generation.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Aulaweb: Fuel cells 2017/18

http://www.tpg.unige.it/TPG/students-area/#toggle-id-3

Fuel Cell Handbook (Seventh Edition), US Department of Energy, Morgantown, WV (USA), 2004.

G. Lozza, Gas Turbines and Combined Cycles (Second Edition) – In Italian, Esculapio Ed., 2006.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Office hours: To fix office hours for topic review or for asking information please send an e-mail to mario.ferrari@unige.it.

Exam Board

PIETRO ZUNINO (President)

MARIO LUIGI FERRARI (President)

DARIO BARSI

LOREDANA MAGISTRI

ANDREA PERRONE

LUCA RATTO

ALESSANDRO SORCE

ALBERTO TRAVERSO

ALBERTO NICOLA TRAVERSO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

  • 42  hours:     theoretical lessons.
  • 6 hours:        laboratory activities. 

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam (final)

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Oral questions.

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
18/01/2018 09:30 SAVONA Orale Exam rooms: DE118 for the 22nd December 2017 MA117 for the 18th January 2018 LA120 for the 15th February 2018 DE113 for the 05th June 2018 DE113 for the 19th July 2018 DE113 for the 07th September 2018 Note: the exam of the 15th February 2018 will be moved to 15:00 (same day).
15/02/2018 15:00 SAVONA Orale Exam rooms: DE118 for the 22nd December 2017 MA117 for the 18th January 2018 LA120 for the 15th February 2018 DE113 for the 05th June 2018 DE113 for the 19th July 2018 DE113 for the 07th September 2018 Note: the exam of the 15th February 2018 will be moved to 15:00 (same day).
05/06/2018 09:30 SAVONA Orale Exam rooms: DE118 for the 22nd December 2017 MA117 for the 18th January 2018 LA120 for the 15th February 2018 DE113 for the 05th June 2018 DE113 for the 19th July 2018 DE113 for the 07th September 2018 Note: the exam of the 15th February 2018 will be moved to 15:00 (same day).
19/07/2018 09:30 SAVONA Orale Exam rooms: DE118 for the 22nd December 2017 MA117 for the 18th January 2018 LA120 for the 15th February 2018 DE113 for the 05th June 2018 DE113 for the 19th July 2018 DE113 for the 07th September 2018 Note: the exam of the 15th February 2018 will be moved to 15:00 (same day).
07/09/2018 09:30 SAVONA Orale Exam rooms: DE118 for the 22nd December 2017 MA117 for the 18th January 2018 LA120 for the 15th February 2018 DE113 for the 05th June 2018 DE113 for the 19th July 2018 DE113 for the 07th September 2018 Note: the exam of the 15th February 2018 will be moved to 15:00 (same day).