2017 Recent technologies of fuel cells, solar cells butteries and energy system

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Ihara Manabu  Yamada Akira  Hirayama Masaaki  Miyajima Shinsuke 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on 1) understanding the recent technologies of fuel cells, solar cell batteries, and energy systems. All classes are arranged such that students who do not have special knowledge of each energy technology can still understand. This course intends for students to comprehensively study recent energy technologies along with visiting the Tokyo Tech Environmental Energy Innovation Building (PV building).

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to
Understand and explain recent energy technologies.


solar cells, fuel cells, lithium ion batteries, smart energy system

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first class, the instructor gives an overview of the course. All classes are arranged such that even students who do not have special knowledge of each energy technology can understand them. The instructor takes attendance every class. Students take a pert of the lectures together with international students who are participating in the Tokyo Tech summer program.

Tentative schedule
1. 13:20~14:50 on 10th July
2. 15:05~16:35 on 10th July
3. 15:05~16:35 on 11th July
4. 13:20~14:50 on 13th July
5. 15:05~16:35 on 13th July
6. 13:20~14:50 on 24th July
7. 10:45~12:15 on 26th July

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The outline of the course and visit of PV building with high efficient energy system (EEI building) (Prof. Ihara, Assistant Prof. Hasegawa): The development of a smart energy system "ENE-Swallow" will be explained. ENE-swallow, which can efficiently operate various energy devices like solar cells, fuel cells, gas engine, batteries and air conditioners and so on, can make peak cut of electricity in Ookayama campus of Tokyo Tech. Understand the outline of the class and a smart energy system and can express their own opinions for future energy.
Class 2 Polymer electrolyte fuel cell technology (Prof. Shuichiro Hirai): Understand the electrochemical system and structure of fuel cells. Recent and future studies on fuel cells would be demonstrated. Understand and explain electro-chemical system and structure of fuel cell.
Class 3 Systematic material design for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (Prof. Takeo Yamaguchi): Polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) were commercialized for residential and automobile applications. However, a revolutionary improvement in the materials is essential for development and dissemination of this technology. Global warming issues and the systematic design and developing approaches concerning PEFCs will be discussed. Understand and explain a basic guideline to design of materials used for PEFCs
Class 4 High-Efficiency Cu(InGa)Se2 Solar Cells (Prof. Akira Yamada): After a brief introduction of thin-film solar cells, optical and electrical properties of Cu(InGa)Se2 will be described. The growth and cell fabrication process will be reviewed, and characteristics of Cu(InGa)Se2 solar cells will be summarized. Understand and explain solar-cell science and technology, and the characteristics of Cu(InGa)Se2 solar cells.
Class 5 Silicon heterojunction solar cells (Prof. Shinsuke Miyajima): This lecture provides the basics of silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells. The structure, materials and fabrication techniques are outlined in details. Understand and explain the differences between conventional silicon solar cells and SHJ solar cells, and the most important advantage of SHJ solar cells
Class 6 Electrochemical energy storage devices (Prof. Ryoji Kanno): Fundamental science and developmental technology of electrochemical energy storage devices will be studied. After a brief review of battery science and technology, several topics in Materials developments, Reaction mechanism, and Development of new energy devices will be illustrated by giving examples of research and development. Understand and explain battery science and technology and research targets for future devices in order to satisfy the societal demands.
Class 7 Carbon Nanotube materials for the battery application (Prof. Keiko Waki): Carbon Nanotubes have attracted much attention in applications to lithium batteries. In this lecture, the electrochemical characteristics of Carbon Nanotubes will be introduced and some researches for their applications will be reviewed. Understand and explain the electrochemical characteristics of Carbon Nanotube and the issues for applying the materials to batteries.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided when necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation will be based on a reporting assignment or the quiz which is assigned during the classes.

Related courses

  • ENR.A401 : Interdisciplinary scientific principles of energy 1
  • ENR.A402 : Interdisciplinary scientific principles of energy 2
  • ENR.A403 : Interdisciplinary principles of energy devices 1
  • ENR.A404 : Interdisciplinary principles of energy devices 2
  • ENR.A405 : Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 1
  • ENR.A406 : Interdisciplinary Energy Materials Science 2
  • ENR.A407 : Energy system theory

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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