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MAS534 Electrochemistry for Batteries, Electrolyzers and Fuel Cell Systems

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

This course will give students a good overview of electrochemistry, batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cell systems. It will cover both knowledge of components, design and operation of these systems.

This course is made to support the UN sustainability goals 4,7,9,11-15. The course emphasizes technology that may provide energy production with a minimal negative impact on climate.

Lab exercises comprise design and fabrication of batteries in the laboratory, and fuel cell and electrolyzer operation.


  • Electrochemical theory about batteries, electrolyzers and fuel cells
  • Fundamental electrical double layer theory
  • Introduction to infrastructures for battery and fuel cells characterization
  • Anode materials
  • Cathode materials
  • Electrolyte materials
  • State-of-the-art battery technology, and battery fabrication
  • State-of-the-art for electrolyzer technology
  • State-of-the art for fuel cell technology

Learning Outcome


The student

  • has knowledge about general electrochemistry.
  • has knowledge about the electrochemical working principle of batteries during charge and discharge.
  • has knowledge about cyclic voltammetry, open circuit voltage, C rate, specific energy capacity, energy density.
  • can describe the individual components of fuel cells/electrolyzers, their function, design, and limitations.
  • can explain thermodynamics and thermodynamic limitations of fuel cells and electrolyzer systems.


The student

  • can design and prepare anode, cathode, and electrolyte for batteries.
  • can design batteries and fabrication in the laboratory.
  • can operate fuel cells in the laboratory.
  • can operate electrolyzers in the laboratory
  • can write reports on battery fabrication, as well as fuel cell and electrolyzer operation
  • can independently analyze battery, electrolyzer and fuel cell systems.

General competency

The student

  • has the ability to work in teams.
  • has the ability to reflect on own capabilities within the subject.
  • has practical labwork experience in battery, electrolyzer and fuel cell technology.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

Thermodynamics, chemistry and/or hydrogen technology

Teaching methods

Lectures, laboratory exercises, problem solving, self-study.

Compulsory learning activities

In order to take a written exam, 3 laboratory exercises (with written reports), must be approved.


Written exam, 4 hours.

Grade scale A-F, where F corresponds to fail.

Examination support material

Simple calculator

More about examination support material

Course reductions

  • KJE205 - Batteriteknologi - Reduction: 5 studypoints