Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
EET 179
Course Title:
Fuel Cell Systems
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Course Description

Introduces fuel cell technologies used for distributed power generation. Covers technical aspects of fuel cell processing, fuel cell stacks, power electronics, balance of plant (BOP), tools for performance evaluation and troubleshooting, fuel cell codes and permitting, safety procedures, career outlook, and renewable versus alternative energy technologies. Includes laboratory projects as applications of theoretical concepts. Prerequisites/concurrent: MTH 111 or CMET 123. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:? Operate and service fuel cell systemsAssist engineers with the design of fuel cell systemsIntegrate electrical, chemical, and mechanical aspects of fuel cell systems

Course Activities and Design

Course will include 6 hours per week of lecture/lab. Field trips may be included.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The instructor may use attendance, quizzes, homework, group or individual projects to assess the students€™ progress.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

- Review of Basic Electricity- Fuel Cell Processing (fuel reforming and gas composition measurements)- Fuel Cell Stack (types of membranes and stack technologies)- Power Electronics (converters and inverters)- Balance of Plant (water requirements and delivery, thermal management, fuel delivery, instrumentation and control, air delivery systems)- Performance Evaluation and Troubleshooting- Safety Procedures- Fuel Cell Codes and Permitting- Fuel Cell Career Outlook- Renewable Versus Alternative Energy- Other Distributed Generation Technologies