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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 storage materials, engineering and characterisation of supercapacitors and batteries • Mechanical storage pumped hydro and flywheels • Thermal storage via liquid air, compressed air, combined heat and power (waste to energy) • Superconducting materials • Chemical storage using hydrogen and fuel cells • Modelling storage and control systems • Smart building and cities Guest seminars and site visits include Dinorwig Pumped Hydro facility and the Low Carbon Combustion Centre. Practical skills development via a timetabled laboratory in electrochemical characterisation of batteries, and after the training weeks students continue to put their knowledge into practice via the Energy Storage Challenge – an experimental team project to manufacture and characterise electro-chemical storage devices. At the end of the semester the seminar material is examined. This module is also taught at University of Sheffield.

Aims and Objectives

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 the key energy storage technologies work.
  • Understand novel developments in energy storage technology research.
  • Understand how storage technologies solve real-world problems at domestic, city and grid scales.


• Electrochemistry storage : seminars & characterisation laboratory – Dr Nuria Garcia-Arez, University of Southampton, Dr Monica Marinescu, Imperial College London, Dr Vitor Martins, University of Sheffield. • Grid Scale Battery Storage Services – Rachel Lee, University of Sheffield. • Materials and nanomaterials for electrochemical storage – Prof Tony West, Prof Beverley Inkson, Dr Derek Sinclair, University of Sheffield. • Waste to Energy & visit to the Low Carbon Combustion Centre – Dr Yajue Wu, University of Sheffield. • Visit to Dinorwig pumped hydro storage facility. • Grid scale Storage, Batteries for EVs & interfacing batteries to the grid – Dr Shahab Nejad, Prof. Dave Stone, University of Sheffield. • Superconducting Magnetic Storage – Dr Edward Young, University of Southampton. • Hydrogen storage – Prof Dave Book University of Birmingham. • Liquid and compressed air storage – Prof, Meihong Wang, University of Sheffield. • Flywheel storage – Prof Kais Atallah, University of Sheffield. • Modelling Storage and control systems – Dr Solomon Brown & Dr George Konstantopoulos, University of Sheffield. • Power Systems – WSP.

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.



MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 30%
Laboratory Report 20%
Project 10%
Report 25%
Video 15%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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