Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to energy storage systems and provides a broad understanding and appreciation of the scientific principles that underpin the operation of such systems. The emphasis is on grid-scale (or utility-scale) energy storage as a means of addressing the intermittency of renewable energy components (e.g. solar or wind power systems) of modern electricity networks. Smaller energy storage systems are also discussed for benchmarking and comparisons. Topics covered include electrical, chemical, thermal, mechanical, electrochemical, thermochemical and thermomechanical energy storage systems as well as grid integration issues.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Discuss the scientific principles underpinning the operation of energy storage systems.

2. Resolve the intermittency of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind by utilising problem solving skills in energy storage engineering and grid integration.

3. Work with a team to apply energy storage knowledge to develop and conduct a project.


  • Background
  • Electrical Energy Storage
  • Chemical Energy Storage
  • Thermal Energy Storage
  • Mechanical Energy Storage
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
  • Thermochemical Energy Storage
  • Thermomechanical Energy Storage
  • Technology Status and Projected Demand and Cost
  • Grid Integration

Assumed knowledge

First year of engineering calculus, physics, chemistry and general engineering courses or equivalent. Knowledge of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer or equivalent.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Written Assignment: Assignment 3

Project: Mini Project (Grid Energy Storage)

Formal Examination: Final Exam

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