Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems

Course Information
TitleΗλεκτροχημικά Συστήματα Μετατροπής & Αποθήκευσης Ενέργειας / Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600016631

Programme of Study: Postgraduate Program "Electrochemical Systems Science and Technology"

Registered students: 5
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
"Epistīmī kai Technología Īlektrochīmikṓn Systīmátōn"Compulsory Course2110

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The aim of the course is to familiarize students with electrochemical energy systems. Particular emphasis is given on understanding the operation and applications of modern electrochemical systems for energy conversion and storage. Upon successful completion of the course the student is expected to: - Understand in depth the basic principles and fundamental laws of electrochemical energy systems - To be familiar with the basic technologies of electrochemical production and energy storage (batteries, fuel cells, capacitors)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
a) Introduction to Electrochemical Energy Systems: Basic principles and thermodynamic consideration of galvanic cells, electrochemical energy conversion, electrochemical technologies and energy storage reactors. b) Batteries: Principle of operation of batteries, electrodes and characterization of batteries, characteristics of batteries, types of batteries, components (separator, electrodes, active components, collectors, electrolytes), primary batteries, secondary batteries (rechargeable), lithium batteries, redox flow batteries, applications. c) Fuel cells: Basic principles of operation, fuel cell thermodynamics, electrode kinetics, charge transfer processes and mass transfer phenomena in fuel cells, fuel cell types, electrochemical characterization of fuel cells, fuel cell systems, electrolysis systems, regenerative fuel cells. d) Electrochemical capacitors: electrochemical double layer, capacitors with carbon electrodes, pseudo-capacitor materials and devices, hybrid (asymmetric) supercapacitors, characterization and diagnostic tools for electrochemical supercapacitors, applications. e) Laboratory practice: Development of materials and devices for PEM and SOC fuel cells and electrolysis. Electrochemical characterization of fuel cells and electrolysis devices. Electrochemical characterization of lithium-ion batteries.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of computer software (eg Matlab, Comsol Multiphysics, Microsoft Excel, Metrohm Autolab Nova) during the lectures, in order to have a more efficient and complete understanding of the electrochemical processes and applications related to the main subject of the course.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work20
Reading Assigment80
Written assigments80
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
- "Fuel Cell Fundamentals", Ryan O'Hayre, Suk-Won Cha, Whitney Colella and Fritz B. Prinz, Wiley (2009) - "Fuel Cell Systems Explained", Andrew L. Dicks and David A. J. Rand, Wiley (2018) - “Industrial Electrochemistry”, Derek Pletcher and Frank C. Walsh, Springer (1993) - "Lithium Batteries: Science and Technology:, Gholam-Abbas Nazri and Gianfranco Pistoia (Eds.), Springer (2003)
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