Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
ESE5303 Renewable Energy Sources in Fuel Production Spring 3 0 3 8
The course opens with the approval of the Department at the beginning of each semester

Basic information

Language of instruction: En
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi İREM FIRTINA ERTİŞ
Course Lecturer(s): Dr. Öğr. Üyesi İREM FIRTINA ERTİŞ
Course Objectives: In this course, alternative and renewable energy systems that involve a fuel will be discussed. The physical, chemical and biological processes that take place during the production / consumption of different fuels will be studied. Environmental impact of those systems will also be covered.

Learning Outputs

The students who have succeeded in this course;
The students who succeeded in this course;
I. Recall the basic physical and chemical properties of hydrogen
II. Describe different production methods of hydrogen
III. Compare different storage methods of hydrogen
IV. Explain the phenomenon of energy production from biofuels
V. Recognize the basics of electrochemistry
VI. Recall electrochemistry terminology such as oxidation, reduction, potential, activity
VII. Calculate the cell potential of an electrochemical system by using Nernst Equation
VIII. Explain the operation mechanism of fuel cells
IX. Apply electrochemistry knowledge to the analysis of fuel cell systems
X. Summarize the basics of different fuel cell types
XI. Compare fuel cell types in terms of power output, field of use, and cost of operation

Course Content

Hydrogen production, hydrogen storage methods, energy production via biomass, basics of electrochemistry, Nernst equation, fuel cells

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Hydrogen as an Energy Source; physical and chemical properties of hydrogen
2) Hydrogen production with using Conventional energy sources
3) Hydrogen production with using renewable energy sources
4) Transportation and Storage of Hydrogen: Hydrogen transportation and storage, the significance of boron in hydrogen industry
5) Introduction to Electrochemistry, Oxidation and Reduction Reactions Definition of Chemical Reaction Potential
6) Basic Electrochemical Equations, Nernst Equation: Definition of Cell Potential Activity Effect of Reactant Concentration and/or Pressure of Cell Potential
7) Fuel Cells: Definition of Fuel Cells, Historical Development Advantages
8) Electrochemistry of Fuel Cells, Fuel Cell Components
9) Effects of Operation Parameters (temperature, pressure, reactant concentration, catalyst loading, etc.) on Fuel Cell Performance
10) Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
11) Alkaline Fuel Cells Direct Methanol Fuel Cells Other Types of Fuel Cells, Basic Fuel Cell Designs
12) Introduction to Bioenergy, Biological Processes Involved in Bioenergy Production, Sources of Bioenergy
13) Biofuels: Biodiesel, Bioethanol
14) Carbon sequestration


Course Notes: 1)B.K.Hodge, Alternative Energy Systems, 20109780470142509 2)J. Larminie, A. Dicks, Fuel Cell Systems Explained (2nd Ed.), 2003, 9780470848579
References: 1)"Energy Management Handbook", S. Doty, W.C. Turner, The Fairmont Press, 7th edition (2009) ISBN-13:9781420088700,978-1420088700

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Attendance 0 % 0
Laboratory 0 % 0
Application 0 % 0
Field Work 0 % 0
Special Course Internship (Work Placement) 0 % 0
Quizzes 1 % 10
Homework Assignments 0 % 0
Presentation 0 % 0
Project 0 % 0
Seminar 0 % 0
Midterms 1 % 30
Preliminary Jury 0 % 0
Final 1 % 60
Paper Submission 0 % 0
Jury 0 % 0
Bütünleme % 0
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Workload
Course Hours 14 42
Special Course Internship (Work Placement)
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 128
Presentations / Seminar 5 12
Homework Assignments 2 4
Quizzes 1 1
Preliminary Jury
Midterms 1 2
Paper Submission
Final 1 2
Total Workload 191

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) Have sufficient theoretical background in mathematics, basic sciences and other related engineering areas and to be able to use this background in the field of energy systems engineering.
2) Be able to identify, formulate and solve energy systems engineering-related problems by using state-of-the-art methods, techniques and equipment.
3) Be able to design and do simulation and/or experiment, collect and analyze data and interpret the results.
4) Be able to access information, to do research and use databases and other information sources.
5) Have an aptitude, capability and inclination for life-long learning.
6) Be able to take responsibility for him/herself and for colleagues and employees to solve unpredicted complex problems encountered in practice individually or as a group member.
7) Develop an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
8) Develop an ability to apply the fundamentals of engineering mathematics and sciences into the field of energy conversion.
9) Develop an understanding of the obligations for implementing sustainable engineering solutions.
10) Develop an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability
11) Realize all steps of a thesis or a project work, such as literature survey, method developing and implementation, classification and discussion of the results, etc.