Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion

Energy conversion system options.

Gasification-based energy conversion system options. (Image courtesy of OCW.)


MIT Course Number

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

As Taught In

Spring 2004


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

This course covers fundamentals of thermodynamics, chemistry, flow and transport processes as applied to energy systems. Topics include analysis of energy conversion in thermomechanical, thermochemical, electrochemical, and photoelectric processes in existing and future power and transportation systems, with emphasis on efficiency, environmental impact and performance. Systems utilizing fossil fuels, hydrogen, nuclear and renewable resources, over a range of sizes and scales are discussed. Applications include fuel reforming, hydrogen and synthetic fuel production, fuel cells and batteries, combustion, hybrids, catalysis, supercritical and combined cycles, photovoltaics, etc. The course also deals with different forms of energy storage and transmission, and optimal source utilization and fuel-life cycle analysis.

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Jefferson Tester, Mujid Kazimi, Yang Shao-Horn, and Ahmed Ghoniem. 2.60 Fundamentals of Advanced Energy Conversion. Spring 2004. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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