GENG5516 Energy Storage Systems

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
This unit explores advanced electrical 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 and superconducting magnetic energy storage. 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.
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 electrical 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) group-based design project / assignment; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Michael Johns
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Renewable Energy or the Masters of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation, Electrical and Electronic
Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Engineering in Oil and Gas
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3006 Chemical Process Thermodynamics
Contact hours
lectures: 36 hours; practical classes: 12 hours; labs: 9 hours
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