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CHEM6150 Battery Technologies and their Applications

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of the module are: • To describe and explain the fundamental characteristics of battery technologies • To develop an understanding of their figures of merit • To provide the skills to match battery technologies to target applications

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • have acquired a basic understanding of the different battery chemistries
  • have acquired a basic understanding of the key parameters used to characterise battery technologies
  • be able to select an appropriate battery chemistry for a target application


The module will cover the following topics: • Chemistries and technologies for primary and secondary batteries • Properties, e.g. charge and discharge characteristics, of selected battery technologies • Battery figures of merit, e.g. energy density (by volume, by weight), power density, discharge rate, self-discharge, etc… • Battery management and problems, e.g. self-discharge, thermal run-away, safety considerations, etc… • A review of battery applications and requirements: portable devices, automotive systems, load levelling, etc…

Special Features

This module offers the opportunity to understand how battery chemistries determine the characteristics of the devices and their applications.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and workshops

Preparation for scheduled sessions48
Completion of assessment task72
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 25%
Examination  (2 hours) 75%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward 25%
Examination  (2 hours) 75%
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