ME-570 Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology


Credit Hours = 3


  • Introduction: Basic principle of fuel cell, classification and types of fuel cells, fuels for fuel cells, fuel cell systems, Potential fuel cell applications, Faraday’s Laws.
  • Thermodynamics of fuel cell: First and second law analysis of fuel cell, Gibbs Equation, Heat of formation and reaction, Reversible Cell potential, The Nernst Equation, Efficiency of fuel cell.
  • Fuel cell irreversibilities: Fuel cell reaction kinetics, activation polarization, Ohmic losses, mass transport losses,Butler–Volmer Equation, Tafel Equation,Influence of various operational parameters on fuel cell performance, polarization curve.
  • Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell: Hydrogen PEM fuel cell, PEM fuel cell membrane, catalyst, electrodes and their materials, water and thermal management, flow field configurations and stack design.
  • High temperature fuel cells: Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell (PAFC), Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell (MCFC), and Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC).
  • Fuel cell characterization: Electrochemical characterization techniques, electrical analogues, fuel cell modelling strategies.
  • Hydrogen: Global energy scenario, energy security, hydrogen as energy carrier, hydrogen economy, impact on environment, hydrogen properties, hydrogen safety and standards.
  • Hydrogen production, storage and delivery: Hydrogen production technologies, electrolysers, Reformers, out-board and on-board fuel processing, biological production of hydrogen, renewable hydrogen production, hydrogen storage by compressed gas, cryogenic liquid, hydride storage, carbon storage, and liquid fuel storage, hydrogen delivery infrastructure.


(01) Fuel cell engines by M. M. Mench

(02) Fuel cell fundamentals by R. P. O'Hayre et. al.

(03) The hydrogen economy opportunities and challenges by M. Ball, Wietschel & Martin

(04) Fuel cell systems explained by J. Larminie & A. Dicks

(05) Handbook of fuel cells Volume 4-Fuel cell technology and applications by W. Vielstich, Arnold Lamm & Hubert A. Gasteiger