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Energy Storage Systems

Module Aims

  • 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.