The threat of global warming and climate change are accelerating efforts to decarbonise our systems. In energy, battery is at the forefront of this charge. Simply put, battery technology will be part of the future.
Fundamentals on batteries course empowers you with the fundamental knowledge and insights to advance your understanding of battery technologies. You will fully understand the key role of batteries as the go-to tool for energy storage, together with the core components and parameters of batteries themselves. You will explore the chemistry and electrochemical phenomena that lie behind battery operation and a concise view of the different currently available battery technologies. Lastly, you will get a peek at the principal and emerging technologies that are poised to reshape the energy panorama.
Participants will be granted a professional certificate upon successful completion of the course
It consists of four modules and is structured as follows:
Your learning will be led by experts from the EIT InnoEnergy ecosystem, authorities in sustainable energy from the worlds of research and industry. Faculty for this course are:
Full professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, a researcher at CQE, and Vice President of Instituto Superior Técnico. Her scientific interests include the development of functional surface coatings for multipurpose applications in different fields such as surface protection and energy conversion and storage
Scientific co-worker at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium and Honorary Professor at the University of Birmingham. Jean-Luc has also worked in the European Commission (EC) where he was Head of the Program Unit for the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking up to 2016
Jorge Varela Barreras
Senior researcher at Imperial College London in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where he works on batteries and battery management systems
R&D team leader in Electrochemical Storage at IMEC. Maarten has completed research and research education in physics at KU Leuven while having master level studies in Electrical Engineering also at KU Leuven. Maarten is focused on developing the next generation of solid-state batteries, with an interest in ALD technology and the development of novel nanomaterials for the cause.
It is a Small Private Online Course and can be taken at your usual study location.
The course consists of three modules and is self-paced. Each module includes reading materials and animations to illustrate the content. You will have the possibility to share your opinion and thoughts on relevant topics via the discussion elements throughout the course.
This programme has been specifically designed for experienced and young professionals, today’s and future strategic leaders, preparing their own and their companies’ skill-set for the energy transition.
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If you are interested in this course and would like more information to help you decide if it is right for you, please contact Jan Verveckken on +31 646 959 657 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
1- Introduction to batteries
Welcome to the first module of the course!
1.1- Batteries in the energy context
Are batteries a key elements for the development of a sustainable energy based society?
1.2- Batteries from different perspectives
What is a battery?
1.3- Origins and relevance
What's the importance of the invention of batteries?
1.4- Components of a single cell
What are the components that make up a battery?
1.5- Series-parallel connection
Why are battery cells commonly connected in series-parallel arrangement?
1.6- Components of a battery system
What are the characteristics and function of each component of a battery system?
1.7- Classification of batteries
How can we classify batteries?
1.8 Battery selection
What are the high-level batteries?
2- Electrochemical concepts behind batteries
Welcome to the second module of the course!
2.1- Battery introduction
What is the definition of a battery and what are its main elements from an electrochemical point of view?
2.2- Introduction to thermodynamics for batteries
What is the theoretical voltage of a cell and what are the factors that influence this important cell parameter?
2.3- Application of thermodynamics to batteries
How are the principles of thermodynamics applied to batteries?
2.4- Introduction to kinetics
What happens when a battery starts to deliver electric current?
2.5- Kinetic steps: electrical double layer, ohmic drop and crystallization overvoltage
What kinetic phenomena that take place in a battery cell under discharge and charge?
2.6- Kinetic step: charge transfer overvoltage
What are charge transfer and overpotential?
2.7- Kinetic step: diffusion overpotential
What is diffusion overpotential?
2.8- Battery cell under operation
How can the behaviour of battery cells during charge or discharge be described?
2.9- Factors affecting battery performances
What are the different factors that affect the performances of a battery during discharge and storage?
2.10- Design and voltage of batteries
What is battery design and why is it important?
3- Current Battery Technologies
Welcome to the third module of the course!
3.1- Lithium-ion batteries
What are the current and future applications of Li-ion batteries, their advantages and disadvantages?
3.2- Lead-Acid batteries
What are the different types of lead acid batteries and their main applications?
3.3- Primary batteries
Why are primary batteries the preferred battery technology in many applications?
3.4- Reserve batteries
What is the fundamental purpose of reserve batteries?
3.5- Flow batteries
What are the origins, basic characteristics, current and potential applications, and main advantages of of flow batteries?
3.6- Sodium-beta Batteries
What is a molten-salt battery and which are the two main sodium/battery solutions that have been developed?
3.7- Nickel-based Batteries
What are the the basic characteristics and applications.of nickel-based batteries?
4- Emerging Battery Technologies
Welcome to the fourth module of the course!
4.1- Metal Air battery basics
What are a metal air batteries and their working principle?
4.2- Current Metal Air batteries
What different families of metal air batteries exist?
4.3- Challenges on Metal Air batteries
What are some recent advances on metal air batteries at the level of battery recharging?
4.4- Introduction to solid-state batteries
What are the advantages of using solid state electrolytes in batteries?
4.5- Introduction to solid-state electrolytes
4.6- Mechanisms of ionic conductivity in ceramic and polymer electrolytes
What are the mechanisms of ionic conductivity in ceramics and polymers?
4.7- Cell assembly with solid-state electrolytes
How can we integrate a solid-state electrolyte into a battery cell?
4.8- Thin-film solid state batteries
What are thing-film batteries?
Summary of the course
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