Electrochemical Modelling of Fuel Cells, Electrolysers and Batteries


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 2nd semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering, Sustainable Energy Engineering or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about the components that make up an electrochemical cell
  • Understand the thermodynamics of fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries
  • Understand the relations governing the kinetics of electrochemical reactions
  • Understand the mechanisms governing charge, mass and energy transport within electrodes and electrolytes
  • Have knowledge about how to model catalyst poisoning
  • Understand how the individual processes are coupled


  • Be able to develop models for different types of electrodes
  • Be able to combine electrode models with other sub models to create a full electrochemical cell model
  • Be able to apply appropriate simplifications depending on the application


  • Independently be able to analyse and model real electrochemical cells
  • Independently be able to identify the validity or limitations of an electrochemical model
  • Independently be able simplify an electrochemical model so it is applicable in modelling of thermal or electrical systems

Type of instruction

The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, exercises and self‐ studies, including e-learning activities.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examElectrochemical Modelling of Fuel Cells, Electrolysers and Batteries
Type of exam
Oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleElektrokemisk modellering af brændsels-celler, batterier og elektrolyse
Module codeN-EE-K3-15A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science