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RE18M3– Energy storage

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Module:

Programme:

Energy

ECTS:

6

Type:

Master

Module name:

Energy storage


Scope and form:

The Energy storage module introduces students to the structure and operating principles of devices that store variable quantities of energy supplied by renewable energy sources.


Duration (weeks; Hours/week):

14 weeks; 4 hours/week

Type of assessment:

Diagnostic tests, independent homework, achievement tests, seminar works

Qualified Prerequisites:

Competences and skills acquired upon the completion of Fundamentals of power systems, Foundations on renewable energy, Transmission and distribution systems modules.


General module objectives:

Electrical power generation is changing dramatically across the world because of the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to introduce mixed energy sources. The power networks face great challenges in transmission and distribution to meet demand with unpredictable daily and seasonal variations. Most the renewable energy sources are intermittent in their nature, which presents a great challenge in energy generation and load balance maintenance to ensure power network stability and reliability. Electrical Energy Storage (EES) technology refers to the process of converting energy from one form (mainly electrical energy) to a storable form and reserving it in various mediums; then the stored energy can be converted back into electrical energy when needed.
The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the principles of operation of the main energy storage systems:
Mechanical systems (pumped hydroelectric storage (PHS), compressed air energy storage (CAES), and flywheels energy storage (FES);
Electrochemical systems (conventional rechargeable batteries and flow batteries);
Electrical systems (capacitors, supercapacitors and superconducting magnetic energy storage);
Thermochemical systems (solar fuels);
Chemical systems (hydrogen storage and fuel cells) and
Thermal energy storage (sensible heat storage and latent heat storage).

The module presents the technical and economical performances of storage systems and their selection criteria for a given application. Models for different energy storage systems and the possibilities of integrating renewable energy sources in electrical networks are analyzed.


Topics and short description:

It defines and describes the types of renewable energy sources based on the use of wind energy, solar energy , hydrological energy, thermal energy and hydrogen energy:
Mechanical systems for energy storage: pumped hydroelectric storage, compressed air energy storage, and flywheels energy storage.
Electrochemical systems for energy storage: (conventional rechargeable batteries and flow batteries.
Electrical systems for energy storage: capacitors, supercapacitors and superconducting magnetic energy storage).
Thermochemical systems for energy storage: solar fuels.
Chemical systems for energy storage: hydrogen storage and fuel cells.
Thermal energy storage: sensible heat storage and latent heat storage.

It address also the modeling for different energy storage systems and the integration of the renewable energy sources in electrical networks.


Learning outcomes:

Knowledge

Skills

Competences

Principles of construction and operation of energy storage devices

Able to understand the principles of construction and operation of energy storage devices

Students must understand the principles of construction and operation of energy storage devices

Understanding the impact of energy storage systems on power networks.

Able to understanding the impact of energy storage systems on power networks

Students must have a critical perspectives on the impact of energy storage systems on power networks

Ability to model, design, implement and improve the performance of energy storage systems.

Able to model, design, implement and improve the performance of energy storage systems

Students must be able to model, design, implement and improve the performance of energy storage systems

Legislation of Energy, renewable sources and energy storage systems

Able to understand the legislation of Energy, renewable sources and energy storage systems

Students must know and understand the legislation of Energy, renewable sources and energy storage systems


Recommended literature:

Xing Luo, Jihong Wang, Mark Dooner, Jonathan Clarke Overview of current development in electrical energy storage technologies and the application potential in power system operation, Applied Energy, Journal homeopage www.elsevier.com/locate/apenergy
D.O. Akinyele, R.K. Rayudu Review of energy storage technologies for sustainable power networks, Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, Journal homeopage www.elsevier.com/locate/seta