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FEEG6026 Fundamentals of Energy Storage

Module Overview

This module introduces the basic theory for a range of energy storage technologies over two weeks of block taught seminars, including: • Electrochemical • Thermal • Superconducting magnetic • Grid scale storage • Hydrogen • Compressed Air • Power Systems • Energy Research Funding Students undertake a day of laboratory practice in electrochemical techniques, supervised by Professor John Owen. The students consolidate their learning of thermal storage with a visit to the Veolia Combined Heat Power plant. The students consolidate their learning of pumped storage with a visit to the Dinorwig storage facility in North Wales. The module also includes a six week duration energy storage challenge laboratory project in which students build working batteries and supercapacitors from fundamental components and evaluate their performance over extended charge and discharge cycling. The students produce a video to capture their research methods and outcomes, suitable for release to the public as part of an engagement exercise in the annual National Science and Engineering Week.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Develop the fundamental theory of energy storage technologies to illustrate how technology developers are producing engineering solutions. It also illustrates how users of energy storage technologies are using specific technologies to solve a variety of grid stability and transport problems. It introduce how energy storage businesses are structured and the challenges businesses are facing in selling new technologies.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • have an appreciation of how to turn basic theory of technology into engineering solutions
  • Understand how technology are adapted to solve real-world problems
  • Understand the ways in which businesses promote, finance and sell new technologies


• Electrochemistry seminars & laboratory (2 days) – Professor John Owen, University of Southampton. • Thermal Storage seminars & visit to Veolia CHP (1 day) – Professor Vida Sharifi, University of Sheffield. • Visit to Dinorwig pumped storage facility (1 day). • Grid scale Storage seminar & visit to Willenhall Battery Research Facility (1 day) – Dr Dan Rogers, University of Sheffield. • Superconducting Magnetic Storage (half day) – Dr Jorge Pellegrin, University of Southampton. • Hydrogen storage and its applications seminars (half day) – Professor Dave Book University of Birmingham, Dr John Newton, ITM Power. • Carbon Capture & Utilsation (guest lecture) - Professor Peter Styring, University of Sheffield. • Power electronics (guest seminar) – Dr Katherine Jackson, Parsons Brinkerhoff. • Energy research (guest seminar)– Dr Liam Lidstone, Energy Technologies Institute. • Compressed Air storage (guest lecture) – Professor Seamus Garvey, University of Nottingham. • Energy Storage Challenge Laboratory Project (6 weeks). Study time allocation Contact hours: 80 Private study hours: 220 Total study time: 300 hours

Special Features

This module is only available to Energy Storage students, and will be delivered in a concentrated timeframe to suit the needs of the split site (Sheffield/Southampton) CDT in Energy Storage and its Applications. Students will visit the Veolia CHP plant in Sheffield and the Dinorwig Pumped Energy Storage facility in North Wales as part of the module timetable.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The seminars introduce a wide variety of energy storage technologies and some of the technology users/developers to the students in two weeks of block seminars. Students will have a holistic overview of the technologies at play in completing the module. The students apply their seminar training to practical benefit in the six week Energy Storage Challenge laboratory. The students learn to communicate their learning through their production of a video for release to the public, on one energy storage technology.

Independent Study220
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Bespoke pre-reading materials. will be provided by Professor Vida Sharifi and Professor John Owen ahead of the module delivery. Guest lecturers will provide pre-reading txt when appropriate.


Assessment Strategy



MethodPercentage contribution
Energy Storage Challenge Video 10%
Exam 50%
Laboratory Report 10%
Report 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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