2.60 / 2.62J / 10.392J / 22.40J Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion

Spring 2004

Energy conversion system options.
Gasification-based energy conversion system options. (Image courtesy of OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course includes a project, software guides, and homework assignments with solutions.

Course Description

This course covers fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemistry, flow and transport processes as applied to energy systems. Topics include analysis of energy conversion in thermomechanical, thermochemical, electrochemical, and photoelectric processes in existing and future power and transportation systems, with emphasis on efficiency, environmental impact and performance. Systems utilizing fossil fuels, hydrogen, nuclear and renewable resources, over a range of sizes and scales are discussed. Applications include fuel reforming, hydrogen and synthetic fuel production, fuel cells and batteries, combustion, hybrids, catalysis, supercritical and combined cycles, photovoltaics, etc. The course also deals with different forms of energy storage and transmission, and optimal source utilization and fuel-life cycle analysis.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Ahmed F. Ghoniem
Prof. Mujid S. Kazimi
Prof. Yang Shao-Horn
Prof. Jefferson W. Tester

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
2 hours / session