2016 Fundamentals for Energy Conversion (DES)

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Academic unit or major
Energy Sciences
Instructor(s)
Okuno Yoshihiro  Waki Keiko  Hasegawa Yasuo  Suekane Tetsuya 
Course component(s)
Lecture
Mode of instruction
 
Day/Period(Room No.)
Tue3-4(G512)  
Group
-
Course number
ZIF.A403
Credits
2
Academic year
2016
Offered quarter
3-4Q
Syllabus updated
2016/4/27
Lecture notes updated
-
Language used
English
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Course description and aims

This course provides fundamental knowledge and current status of advanced technologies on energy conversion. The process of energy conversion is comprehensively discussed based on electrical, mechanical and chemical phenomena. This course also covers current technologies for converting heat, light and chemical energy into electrical energy and state of the art developments on the renewable energy technology. The major topics are fundamentals and developments in magneto-hydro-dynamic (MHD) electrical power generation, fuel cells, solar cells, batteries, and renewable energy technologies.
The aim of the first half of this course is to understand fundamental and comprehensive physics in the thermal energy conversion device through an MHD electrical power generation technology expected as one of the environmental-friendly highly efficient electrical power generation systems in the future. The aim of the second half of this course is to accumulate the knowledge of fundamental and comprehensive physics in the renewable energy conversion devices through key technologies such as fuel cells, solar cells, lithium ion batteries.

Student learning outcomes

Since basic physics and advanced technologies on energy conversion are lectured in every class, students should understand the fundamental principles, current status and problems overcome and make efforts to raise their awareness of the topic. The students are requested to summarize the contents of the lecture and their own opinions on the “short reports” in every course, and to verify and assess their progress by themselves.

Keywords

energy conversion technology, high efficient power generation, renewable energy, MHD electrical power generation, fuel cell, solar cell, battery

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Course materials will be provided as necessary, and towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to the lecture given that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction of energy conversion physics and technology Understand current status and new development challenges in energy conversion technology.
Class 2 High efficient power generation technology - Thermodynamics and thermocycle. Understand fundamental thermodynamics and thermocycle.
Class 3 High efficient power generation technology - Fundamental of magnetohydrodynamics. Understand fundamental physics and function in magnetohydrodynamics.
Class 4 High efficient power generation technology - Magnetohydrodynamic plasma flow. Understand fundamental physics in magnetohydrodynamic plasma flow.
Class 5 High efficient power generation technology - Developments of MHD electrical power generation. Understand current status and new development challenges in MHD Electrical Power Generation.
Class 6 High efficient power generation technology - Application of magnetohydrodynamics. Understand current status and new development challenges in application of magnetohydrodynamics.
Class 7 Discussion of Future High Efficient Power Generation Technology Raise awareness of the issue in future high efficient power generation technology.
Class 8 Fuel cell technology - Fundamentals with a focus on hydrogen fuel cells. Understand fundamental physics and function in fuel cell.
Class 9 Fuel cell technology - Review of fuel cell engineering and development. Understand current status and new development challenges in fuel cell.
Class 10 Solar cell technology - Fundamentals with a focus on junction characteristics. Understand fundamental physics and function in solar cell.
Class 11 Solar cell technology - Review of solar cell engineering and development. Understand current status and new development challenges in solar cell.
Class 12 Battery technology - Fundamentals with a focus on lithium ion batteries. Understand fundamental physics and function in battery.
Class 13 Battery technology - Review of battery engineering and development. Understand current status and new development challenges in battery.
Class 14 Renewable Energy Technology Raise awareness of the issue in renewable energy technology.
Class 15 Summary Student’s assessment for their own progress and achievements throughout the course.

Textbook(s)

None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials can be provided during class and/or found on OCW-i.

Assessment criteria and methods

“Short Report” where the student is requested to describe lecture contents, discussion and/or exercise for showing his/her comprehension in every course, and "Full Report" which should be submitted at the end of semester will be assessed.

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

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

No prerequisites.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

OKUNO okuno.y.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp
WAKI waki.k.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

OKUNO & WAKI: Contact by e-mail in advance to schedule an appointment.

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