2020 Leading edge energy technology

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Hirai Shuichiro  Suekane Tetsuya 
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Course description and aims

Mitigation of carbon dioxide emission to the atmosphere and the security in energy supply are inevitable issues to establish sustainable society in future. This course overviews the outline of the energy system and its components to realize the sustainable society from the view point of thermodynamics. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental energy principles reviewing state-of-arts technologies such as fuel cell, secondary battery, carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and so on. This course also introduces the multiphase flow in porous media which are commonly found in these technologies.

This course has two major aims. One is to understand the working mechanisms of components of energy system from a point of view of thermodynamics and to have an ability to discuss on advantages and disadvantages of integrated energy system of components. The other is to give comprehensive opinion based on knowledge of science and technology, even while inaccurate and fragmentary information on energy and environmental issues widely circulates in our society.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to understand the fundamental energy principles which govern cutting edge technologies as well as conventional technologies and to acquire knowledge to explain the status of developing technologies and to catch up with trends of R&D. Students will be able to:
1) Explain mechanisms of fuel cell and secondary batteries based on thermodynamics,
2) Explain phenomena governing a fluid flow in porous media,
3) Discuss on energy and environmental issues including fuel cell, battery, and CCS, from a view point of energy, environment and social aspects.


Energy conversion, Exergy, Gibb’s free energy, Electrochemistry, Fuel cell, Secondary battery, Hydrocarbon resources, Unconventional resources, Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS)

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course provides information on state-of-arts technologies in energy and environment. Students are asked to pay attention to global trends on energy and environmental issues.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Energy conversion, energy, and Gibb's free energy Understand the reason why the energy conversion is key technology to realize the sustainable society
Class 2 Relation among, chemical, thermal and electrical energy Understand the type of energy and relationship among them.
Class 3 Fuel cells and electrochemistry Understand the principle mechanism of conversion from chemical energy to electrical energy.
Class 4 Secondary batteries and electrochemistry Understand the principle mechanism of energy storage by secondary batteries.
Class 5 Multiphase flow in porous media Explain the flow in porous media based on Darcy law and capillary pressure.
Class 6 Carbon dioxide geological sequestration Explain the roll of energy, environmental, and social aspects of CCS technologies
Class 7 Recovery of hydrocarbon resources Explain the major issues about the recovery of hydrocarbon resources.
Class 8 Unconventional hydrocarbon resources What are the technologies which allow us to utilize unconventional hydrocarbon resources?


Materials are provided as needed

Reference books, course materials, etc.

None required. Students are asked to pay attention to global tends on energy and environmental issues.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on the submitted report on the topic lectured in this course, from viewpoint of understandings, originality, and reasoning.

Related courses

  • MEC.E201 : Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineeirng)
  • MEC.E311 : Heat Transfer
  • MEC.E331 : Energy Conversion
  • MEC.F201 : Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
  • MEC.F331 : Advanced Fluid Mechanics

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

Students must have successfully completed Thermodynamics (Mechanical Engineering) (MEC.E201.R), Heat Transfer (MEC.E311.A), Energy Conversion (MEC.E331.E), Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics (MEC.F201.R), and Advanced Fluid Mechanics (MEC.F331.E) in Mechanical Engineering, or have equivalent knowledge.

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