Performance Assessment and Modelling of Batteries


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The knowledge obtained by the end of the 2nd semester of the MSc in Energy Engineering is enough to complete this course.

After dominating the consumer electronics market, batteries have developed as enablers of the green transition as they are a key technology in the electrification of the transportation sector and decarbonization of the energy generation industry.

The course is aimed at providing students a basic introduction and understanding of the battery performance behaviour. Furthermore, different battery modelling approaches and their specific utilization will be discussed.  

Learning objectives


  • Basic knowledge about different energy storage technologies (i.e. electrical, thermal, electrochemical, etc.)
  • Depth knowledge about batteries’ operation principles, design, etc.
  • Understand the operation/role of energy storage devices and their suitability for different applications (e.g. grid services, electrical vehicles, etc.)
  • Parameters that are describing the performance and lifetime behaviour of batteries
  • Good knowledge about the performance (static and dynamic) behaviour of batteries and its dependence on the operating conditions (temperature, load current, etc.)
  • Different performance modelling approaches for batteries, their parameterization and application
  • Understand the degradation process of lithium-ion batteries from a macroscopic perspective
  • Methods for lifetime estimation of lithium-ion batteries


  • Derive/obtain battery parameters based on datasheet and/or laboratory measurements
  • Development and parametrization of battery performance models
  • Development and parametrization of simple battery lifetime models


  • Evaluation of the suitability of different energy storage technologies for various applications
  • Mapping the relationship between battery performance and the operating conditions
  • Selection and parametrization of battery models based on specific requirements
  • Design laboratory tests for battery model parametrization

Type of instruction

The course is planned and organized in close interaction with the on-going research and development activities at AAU Energy and by following the well-established PBL approach.

All lectures will include a mixture of class teaching, exercises, reflections and lecturer/supervisor feedback. Furthermore, the students will develop a mini-project using the concepts presented during the lectures.

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 examPerformance Assessment and Modelling of Batteries
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
There will be an oral examination based on the submitted mini-project. The mini-projects can be developed in groups of 2-3 persons; however, the submission and evaluation will be individual.
Permitted aids
With certain aids:
For more information about permitted aids, please visit the course description in Moodle.
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 titleYdelsesvurdering og modellering af batterier
Module codeN-EE-K3-24B
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