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Energy Storage Systems


The module provides a comprehensive study of energy storage systems for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry, and the complexities and challenges of introducing high voltage technology to passenger vehicles. Students will gain hands-on experience of battery and fuel-cell testing, including under the widely varying conditions of real-world applications.

The module includes a significant practical element (~30%) where students gain hands-on experience of battery and fuel-cell testing in WMG’s Vehicle Energy Facility and classroom-based design representative of real-world vehicle applications.


  • Independently make a systematic and sound choice of energy storage technologies, architecture and means of conversion for practical real-world vehicle applications
  • Independently design the electrical configuration of a traction energy storage pack, interpreting thermal management, energy management, safety and environmental considerations
  • Creatively design the integration of high voltage systems into vehicle platforms, critiquing design trade-offs and autonomously applying a sound knowledge of integration issues, best practice guidelines, safety systems, legislation and practical considerations
  • Evaluate the wide variety of energy storage technology for vehicle applications
  • Systematically compare energy storage designs for hybrid and electric vehicles


  • Energy storage requirements for vehicle applications
  • Storage technologies and metrics for comparison
  • Fuel cells theory and applications
  • Modular battery packs, packaging, thermal control and legislative implications
  • High voltage distribution, safety systems and battery charging
  • Hands-on practical: Fuel-Cell characterisation and modelling
  • Hands-on practical: Battery characterisation and testing
  • Hands-on practical: Fuel-Cell and Battery interaction
  • Problem class: Battery pack design
  • Battery management systems
  • Battery life cycle


  • Evaluation of practical activities and technology application (80% weighting)
  • Energy Storage Design Class (10% weighting)
  • Daily online test for taught sessions (10% weighting)


1 week including 19.5 hours of lectures, 2.5 hours of seminars, 1.5. hours of tutorials, 12 hours of supervised practical classes.

This is a course module on the full-time and part-time MSc in Sustainable Automotive Electrification and as part of the part-time TAS JLR scheme.

Please note: the details of this module are correct for the current year of study and may be subject to change for future years.