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Energy Storage and High Voltage Systems for HEV Applications

This is a course module on the Full/Part time MSc in Sustainable Automotive Engineering and as part of the Part Time TAS JLR scheme.


This module examines the challenges and complexities of introducing high voltage technology to passenger vehicles, and provides a comprehensive study of energy storage systems for hybrid and electric vehicle applications in the automotive industry.

Using WMG's Energy Innovation Centre, you will gain hands on experience of traction battery manufacturing and testing, and will conduct a novel assessment of battery performance under widely varying conditions of real-world applications.


On completion 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.

Understanding will be embedded through practical experience of manufacturing processes, characterisation tests and component behaviour in highly variable real-world scenarios. They will have a detailed comprehension of the practical issues surrounding complexity, integration and safety of high voltage systems and an ability to make sound design decisions in the use of this technology for real-world applications.


  • Introduction
  • 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


5 days full-time

Consisting of lectures, workshops/practicals, demonstrations, problem classess, syndicate exercises, review

Method of Assesment

Post Module Assignment of c. 4000 words