To understand the basics of how fuel cells work, the types of technology and their potential as an energy conversion device in a low-carbon economy.
The course is aimed at people that have little or no prior understanding of fuel cells, how they function and their applications. The content of the course aims to provide an understanding and appreciation of the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in decarbonising the economy. The production and storage of hydrogen is explored, along with how to mitigate unwanted carbon emissions. The characteristics of fuel cell technologies and how this affects their suitability to real world applications is considered. The main technologies, proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) and solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are examined in more detail. A case study of fuel cell technology in automotive applications is given to provide real-world grounding of this important technology.