529-0191-01L  Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersL. Gubler, E. Fabbri, J. Herranz Salañer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


529-0191-01 GElectrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Technologies3 hrs
Tue14-17HG G 5 »
L. Gubler, E. Fabbri, J. Herranz Salañer

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AbstractThe course provides an introduction to the principles and applications of electrochemical energy conversion (e.g. fuel cells) and storage (e.g. batteries) technologies in the broader context of a renewable energy system.
ObjectiveStudents will discover the importance of electrochemical energy conversion and storage in energy systems of today and the future, specifically in the framework of renewable energy scenarios. Basics and key features of electrochemical devices will be discussed, and applications in the context of the overall energy system will be highlighted with focus on future mobility technologies and grid-scale energy storage. Finally, the role of (electro)chemical processes in power-to-X and deep decarbonization concepts will be elaborated.
ContentOverview of energy utilization: past, present and future, globally and locally; today’s and future challenges for the energy system; climate changes; renewable energy scenarios; introduction to electrochemistry; electrochemical devices, basics and their applications: batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, flow batteries, supercapacitors, chemical energy carriers: hydrogen & synthetic natural gas; electromobility; grid-scale energy storage, power-to-gas, power-to-X and deep decarbonization, techno-economics and life cycle analysis.
Lecture notesall lecture materials will be available for download on the course website.
Literature- M. Sterner, I. Stadler (Eds.): Handbook of Energy Storage (Springer, 2019).
- C.H. Hamann, A. Hamnett, W. Vielstich; Electrochemistry, Wiley-VCH (2007).
- T.F. Fuller, J.N. Harb: Electrochemical Engineering, Wiley (2018)
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic physical chemistry background required, prior knowledge of electrochemistry basics desired.

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersL. Gubler, E. Fabbri, J. Herranz Salañer
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidscalculator, can be programmable; 6 A4 pages summary/equations; lecture slides with annotations
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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