Teaching Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Science and Engineering Across Europe within
It is our great pleasure to introduce you to our 2nd newsletter where you will learn more about the development and the progress of the project and educational platform know as TeacHy2020.
During the last few months several project meetings were held in different locations Delft, Birmingham and Copenhagen as well as partners participated in number of online teleconference meetings where met and discussed the project's progress, outcomes and further roadmap.The brief outline and condensed information is presented below.
Project meeting, photo from the lab tour at the University of Birmingham 15 March 2018.
Teaching and module content
The individual modules in the TeacHy master course are starting to take shape. The Master course will be divided into two parts. The first part includes mandatory modules, the second part consist of a number of advanced modules that allows for more specialisation within the field of fuel cells and hydrogen (FCH).
Part 1 - Curriculum covers among others the following topics:
Basic sciences with a focus on FCH (thermodynamics, kinetics, chemistry, electrochemistry)
Introductory modules to hydrogen, electrolysers, fuel cells and fuel cell modelling
Part 2 - Curriculum covers a range of elected modules that builds on knowledge from the first part, and allows for specialisation within a certain field of HFC. Topics are:
Specific modules for individual fuel cell technologies and systems (high temperature and low temperature)
Advanced modules with defect chemistry, modelling, characterisation, catalysis, polymer chemistry, degradation and life time testing
Modules on specific systems for hydrogen technologies. Energy systems and storage, fuel quality and fuel cell electric vehicles
Modules on societal impact and markets for FCH technology
The specific content of the individual modules are in the process of being formulated so that the first test course can be run in the autumn of 2018.
Construction of the MSc Course
The prepared process plan and the developed module contents will be used to construct the MSc course. This MSc course will be designed to run over the course of one year, initially, trialled in a sub-group of partner institutions, in English or in a language native to the target group. The course is planned to be ready by September 2018 in order to start the trial run in October 2018. The teachers will also be expected to obtain useful feedback from the students using appropriately designed surveys during and at the end of the course for quality control purposes.
In the third year of the project, a full one year MSc course run will be performed on the same target group across the entire core network cluster ensuring that a minimum of 20 students are enrolled.
The course will be developed in a structured and organised form. The material will include output from the previous educational EU projects, lecture slides, hand-outs, and scripts from modules run at the various universities. It will also include online material, software used to deliver simulations or serious games, videos, and any other methodologies, materials, or description of equipment used in undergraduate and postgraduate university training.
The material will be reviewed, catalogued, and structured into a repository, according to the learning objectives for the module topics.
Development of ‘remote lab’ concept
POLITO will develop a methodology with which students at universities that do not offer FCH lab work or courses can gain access to laboratory equipment. At POLITO’s labs one bench will be connected remotely for remote tests, using web-casting technologies.
A test station for the analysis of circular and square planar SOFC/SOEC has the capability to characterise different size cells (up to 11x11 cm2) and provide gaseous and liquid fuel feeds. The rig is equipped with an electronic load and an impedance analyser in the range of 1 mHz up to 300 kHz. On-line gas analysis is provided by means of a mass spectrometer.
Local staff has to prepare the test bench (as an example: installing the electrochemical cells in the test bench). This will require an agreement on the time of execution of the test by a remote user. One group of students can use test bench at a time.
During the test, local supervision will be provided by POLITO’s staff. The remote interface will ensure that all test parameters, and in particular critical ones (e.g., temperature, current) will be set within safety ranges for the equipment and users.
JESS and student meetings
The annual Joint European Summer School (JESS) on Fuel Cell, Electrolyser and Battery technology has been running in its current format in Greece since 2013. JESS primarily targets an audience of university students (MSc and PhD level) and post-doctoral researchers. Many professionals wish to review these technologies and learn about them, for instance, to boost their knowledge for a newly acquired position or collect credits for a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) scheme. As part of the TeacHy project, workshops will be organised at JESS to further promote and enhance the teaching and training of the TeacHy students.
Similar to the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fuel Cells and their Fuels at the University of Birmingham, student meetings will be organised to establish a platform for interaction and networking within the same and different cohorts. These events will serve as platforms for student-led seminars hosted by senior students for the purpose of peer teaching.
Establishment of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme and vocational training
TU Delft is leading the activities for integration and implementation of a CPD scheme. The target is that professionals will get CPD credits through the completion of modified modules for different levels that are also adequate for informing professionals in industry, administrations etc. It enhances professional's career prospects in the rapidly growing FCH job market.
The module content provided by the TeacHy project, will be aligned with CPD programmes from various EU Member States. For this purpose, a survey for understanding the conditions of CPD courses in European countries is ongoing. Once the CPD strategy is in place, modules will be registered with appropriate institutes capable of providing accreditation to the programme.
TeacHy includes a technical section to provide all developed modules and lectures to FCH themes via LMS (Learning Management System) as a completed Master course not only to the students and lecturers, but also to the general public, stakeholders and politicians. The LMS will be installed under an Open Access platform, to provide the course content and additional learning materials as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The LMS will be used to manage all online e-learning content, in addition to MOOCs. These MOOCs will be the ’outside view’ of the project. It is planned to host the TeacHy online course material on edX, which serves and operates numerous high quality online courses for several universities. Another ongoing EU funded project known as the NET-Tools will take care of the technical aspects for e-learning while TeacHy develops the course curricula, guidelines and learning materials. There remains great scope for collaboration between the TeacHy and Net-Tool projects showing common objectives in e-learning and online education. In parallel to the technical arrangements of the LMS it is important to develop guidelines and further instructions (e.g. IPR) with the help of the project partners to sustain the platform beyond both projects. Once all content is integrated onto the LMS, continuous maintenance and a trial run will be performed to secure the functionality of the platform.