Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion

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2.60J / 2.62J / 10.392J / 22.40J / 10.390J

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Spring 2020


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course covers fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemistry, and transport applied to energy systems. Topics include analysis of energy conversion and storage in thermal, mechanical, chemical, and electrochemical processes in power and transportation systems, with emphasis on efficiency, performance, and environmental impact. Applications include fuel reforming and alternative fuels, hydrogen, fuel cells and batteries, combustion, catalysis, combined and hybrid power cycles using fossil, nuclear and renewable resources.

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Ahmed Ghoniem. 2.60J Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion. Spring 2020. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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