The growing population on our planet as well as the successful development of economies leads to a fast rising energy demand and need of reducing environmental impact of power systems.
So called renewable energies such as wind power, solar power, geothermal energy, hydropower or bio-energy have the potential to deliver sustainable energy on windy and sunny days or as base-load energy, respectively. Without storage of energy, a transformation to energy system with low environmental impact seems rather complicated.
With this in mind, the course is designed for introducing different renewable technologies and a deeper understanding of the underlying concepts and processes of energy storage.
The module will provide students with a firm grounding in the thermodynamic principles of electrochemical, electrical and mechanical energy conversion with a deeper focus on fuel cells and energy storage methods, e.g., batteries, supercapacitors, by targeting technological aspects as well as simulation strategies.
By engaging successfully with this module a student will be able to:
Gain a basic comprehension of the different approaches of renewable energies and energy storage technologies.
Understand the underlying physical, physico-chemical and technological concepts of energy conversion and energy storage linked with different technologies.
Understand the components of advanced battery and fuel cell systems and the fundamental principles governing their operation.
Evaluate the current and future requirements of energy storage and fuel cell applications.
Understand, discuss and critically examine mechanical and thermal energy storage methods, their applications and limitations.
Perform systematic and detailed calculations for figures of merit, such as efficiency and power density.
Discuss and comment on the components, operation and limitations of advanced energy storage systems such as batteries and supercapacitors.