CHEE463

Electrochemical Energy Systems

Personnel

Instructor

Brant PeppleyDupuis G09brant.peppley@queensu.ca

TAs

Yazan Bdouryb14@queensu.ca
Guorui Gaoguorui.gao@queensu.ca

Course Description

This engineering science and design course examines and analyzes electrochemical energy generation, conversion and storage technologies of emerging importance to modern society. Methods of generating electrical power will be examined in terms of efficiency, cost, environmental footprint, greenhouse gas emissions and current and potential applications. Integration of these power generation systems with energy conversion and storage technologies will be assessed in terms of their compatibility with the supply and demand model of the electricity grid and their potential for use in remote off-grid communities. The electrification of transportation technologies will also be examined. The design element of this course involves hands-on prototyping of an integrated energy system for a specified application.
The course will cover 5 major topics including:

1) Energy flows in society from primary source to end use, including the components and structure of the electricity grid, future smart grids and remote community power grids. Energy flows in the transportation sector and the potential for integration with the electrical grid will also be examined.
2) Technologies for power generation, energy storage and energy conversion. Technologies to be considered include solar photovoltaics, secondary batteries, super capacitors, flow batteries, water electrolysers, and fuel cells. This will be the major topic in the course and will include fundamental theory and governing equations for each technology.
3) Current performance specifications, key materials and research challenges, state of technical readiness, demonstrations and commercialization.
4) Strategies for energy sustainability and energy system design.

Prerequisites: CHEE270 (Electric Circuits), CHEE363 (Electrochemistry)



Objectives and Outcomes

CLO DESCRIPTION INDICATOR
CLO 1 Utilizes knowledge of thermodynamics, electrochemistry and electrical circuits to analyze and design power generation and energy systems.  CHEE-KB-PROC
CLO 2 Utilizes knowledge of thermodynamics, electrochemistry and electrical circuits to analyze and design power generation and energy systems.  CHEE-KB-THE
CLO 3 Analyzes the influence of thermodynamic, equilibrium and second law limitations on the overall efficiency of power generation systems.  CHEE-KB-THE
CLO 4 Considers technical, financial, social, environmental and legal factors, safety and sustainability issues when solving engineering problems. CHEE-IM-2
CLO 5 Develops equipment specifications, process or product design incorporating performance requirements and constraints such as quality, yield, reliability, economics, safety and standards and codes as appropriate  CHEE-DE-3

This course develops the following attributes at the 4th year level:

  • Knowledge Base: Process (CHEE-KB-PROC-1,2,3) Applies knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering to analyze and design electrochemical systems and processes.
  • Knowledge Base: Thermodynamics (CHEE-KB-THE) Applies knowledge of electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering to analyze and design electrochemical systems and processes.
  • Knowledge Base: Design (CHEE-KB-DES-3) Develops a process or product design incorporating performance requirements and constraints such as quality, yield, reliability, economics, safety, and standards and codes as appropriate.
  • Impact (CHEE-IM-2) Considers technical, financial, social, environmental, and legal factors, safety and sustainability issues when solving engineering problems.

Relevance to the Program

Course Structure and Activities

Resources

Links to online instructional websites and videos will be provided.

All other course material is accessible via OnQ.