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Unit Overview


This unit explores advanced energy storage technologies, with emphasis on electrochemical energy storage; electrical energy storage; and pumped hydro and flywheel energy storage. The module on electrochemical energy storage covers advances in battery technology and other chemical storage methods, including fuel cells, hydrogen networks, hydrates, and thermal salts. The module on electrical energy storage covers the theory and applications of super-capacitors. The module on pumped hydro and flywheel covers model development for the capacity, availability and efficiency of pumped hydro, including the relevant engineering required to select, construct and operate pumped hydro schemes. Case studies are used to explain the opportunities and challenges faced by different energy storage options and to compare different storage technologies.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) analyse the operational characteristics of a range of chemical, electrical and pumped hydro energy storage technologies; (2) compare the energy density of available chemical and electrical storage methods; (3) describe current and future trends in battery storage, including lithium-based technologies and fuel cells; (4) select an energy storage system for practical applications based on operational, financial, social and environmental constraint; and (5) discuss the role of energy storage systems in the context of general energy resources and their future development trend.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) assignments (individual and group); and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Michael Johns
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62560 Master of Renewable and Future Energy
or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
or Electrical & Electronic specialisation)
or 62520 Master of Low Emission Energy Technologies
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and 120 Points and ( CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
or MECH3024 Engineering Thermodynamics
Advisable prior study
ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
or CHPR2006 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (ID 8017)
or MECH3024 Engineering Thermodynamics (ID 8072)
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours
practical classes: 12 hours
labs: 9 hours
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.