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Energy Storage and High Voltage Automotive Systems

Do you want to gain a comprehensive and practical understanding of energy storage systems for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry?


This module will give you hands on experience of traction battery manufacturing, and cell and pack level evaluation testing, including under the widely varying conditions of real-world applications.

What will you study?

The module will be delivered through lectures covering theory and practical examples, and group exercises. This includes a significant practical element in WMG’s Energy Innovation Centre and Vehicle Energy Facility

Topics will include:

  • Energy storage requirements for vehicle applications
  • Storage technologies and metrics for comparison
  • High voltage architectures and DC conversion using power electronics
  • Fuel cells and electrochemistry
  • Modular battery packs, packaging, thermal control, and legislative implications
  • High voltage distribution, safety systems and battery charging
  • Hands-on practical: make a battery cell
  • Hands-on practical: battery characterisation and testing
  • Hands-on practical: real world energy storage evaluation
  • Problem class: battery pack design
  • Battery management systems
  • Real world case study
  • Battery life cycle

As a successful participant, at the end of this module you will
be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the wide variety of energy storage technologies suitable for hybrid and electrified vehicle applications, and apply this knowledge to the specification and design of battery systems for a variety of real world automotive applications
  • Demonstrate an understanding of manufacturing processes, characterisation tests and component behaviour in highly variable real-world scenarios
  • Understand the practical issues surrounding complexity, integration and safety of high voltage systems and be able to make sound design decisions in the use of this technology for real-world applications