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Course Details in 2021/22 Session

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Module Title Materials for Sustainable Environmental Technologies (MSET)
SchoolMetallurgy and Materials
Department Metallurgy & Materials
Module Code 04 17684
Module Lead Dr Richard Sheridan
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions None
Description This module will relate to the materials issues related to sustainable environmental technologies. The module will be based on the concept of a Hydrogen Economy and the production of the hydrogen will be from clean energy sources such as wind or solar. The materials issues relating to these will be described and discussed. The hydrogen will be produced largely by electrolysis and materials issues relating to this technology will be considered. Hydrogen from biomass will also be examined. Materials for hydrogen storage and transmission will be discussed. Fuel cells will be considered in depth and more general issues such as energy efficiency will be discussed, focusing on soft and hard magnets. The energy content of materials will also form a part of this module.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to: Appreciate the various aspects of a Hydrogen Economy and materials aspects of clean energies; Understand the nature of electrolysis and materials problems and developments; Appreciate alternative routes such as biomass; Understand various aspects of hydrogen storage; Understand various fuel cells and associated challenges; Appreciate efficiences: energy content and role of magnets.
Assessment 17684-01 : Exam : Exam (School Arranged) - Open Book (60%)
17684-03 : Individual assignment : Coursework (20%)
17684-04 : Group Presentation : Presentation (20%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 1 hour closed book examination (50%) and coursework assignment (50%)
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