Projects in MENA3200 Energy Materials 2011

Projects in MENA3200 Energy Materials 2011
In the project you can either work individually or two together.
The project report should be 12 pages (for 2 writing together) and 10 pages for those who
will write the report alone (with font 12 and including figures).
It is important to emphasis that the project should address Energy MATERIALS.
Deadline for reports: Wednesday 23 November.
The project reports should be sent to both Bjørn Hauback ( and Truls
Norby ( by e-mail.
Below is a list of some possible titles/themes, but you can of course also choose other topics
(but it should be related to the topics in MENA3200).
When you have made your decision, please send the title and some keywords for your
projects (and names of who will work on it) to both of us for the final approval.
Solar Cell Materials
- New promising inorganic materials for photovoltaics
- Si-based solar cell systems anno 2011 – focus on materials challenges
- Organic and polymeric photovoltaics – materials challenges
- Thin film solar cells – materials and performance
- Third generation solar cells – materials challenges
Materials for hydrogen technology
- Metal hydride batteries – principles and materials choices
- Hydrogen storage by adsorption – choice of materials
- Hydrogen used in transportation – materials challenges
- Hydrogen selective membranes – principles and materials
- New concepts for hydrogen storage – materials challenges
- Hydrogen used for energy storage for stationary applications – materials challenges
Fuel Cells
- Solid Acid Fuel Cells. (The title can be modified…. This is about proton conduction in
CsH2PO4 and components being developed by the company SAFCell in California and the
Norwegian company Nordic Power Technologies that is commercializing cells. However, a
requirement is that the Norwegian company is willing to be interviewed and to give away
- The Hydrogen cars are coming. (How do they work, but remember to focus on the
materials, but you should discuss the solutions and challenges)!
- Can PEM fuel cells work without Pt as a catalysts?
- Recent developments of solid oxide fuel cells
- Materials and chemistry in batteries for today's electrical and hybrid cars