Energy Conversion and Storage in Future Energy Systems


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have knowledge about the basic principles of electrochemical energy conversion
  • Have knowledge about the different types of electrolysers, fuel cells and battery energy storage technologies
  • Understand the operation/role of energy storage devices and their suitability for different applications (e.g., grid services, V2G, renewables’ grid integration etc.)
  • Have good knowledge about the performance (static and dynamic) behaviour of fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries and their dependence on the operating conditions (temperature, load current, etc.). Gain experience about different performance and thermal modelling approaches and model parameterization techniques
  • Gain knowledge about the testing of fuel cells, electrolysers and batteries in the laboratory


  • Be able to develop a simple model of an electrochemical cell or system
  • Be able to test an electrolyser or fuel cell or battery
  • Be able to evaluate the suitability of different energy storage technologies for various applications
  • Be able to derive various parameters from laboratory measurements


  • Be able to develop performance models for different battery technologies based on various requirements
  • Independently be able to identify the validity or limitations of an electrochemical model
  • Be able to analyse data from the fuel cell, electrolyser and battery tests

Type of instruction

The course will be planned and organised in close interaction with on‐going research and development activities at the Department of Energy Technology and its collaborators. All lectures include exercises focusing on the presented material; some exercises will be performed using MATLAB and Simulink. Moreover, some exercises will be carried out on programmable battery test stations. Where it is found applicable also e-learning activities will be applied.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student.



Name of examEnergy Conversion and Storage in Future Energy Systems
Type of exam
Written and oral exam
Oral examination based on a delivered mini-project/test report (individual or made in groups).
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKonvertering og lagring af fremtidige energisystemer
Module codeN-EE-K3-16A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science