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Energy Storage and Conversion

Most renewable energy sources are neither capable to provide constant nor on-demand power generation. Energy storage and the production of alternative energy carrier such as Hydrogen are the most commonly discussed approaches to ensure a secure and stable energy supply dealing with the introduction of intermittent renewable energy generation.

The module Energy Storage and Conversion is split into two sections. An overview on diverse energy storage systems is content to the first set of lectures. The second part will specifically discuss electrochemical energy storage.

The overview on stationary electrical and thermal energy storage systems includes large scale technologies such as pumped hydro, compressed air, long and short term thermal energy storages, Power-to-gas-concepts, decentralized electric technologies like cell batteries (Lead Acid, Sodium Sulfur, Lithium Ion), Flow batteries (Vanadium, Zinc Bromide), flywheels and double layer capacitors. Each technology will be explained in terms of functionality and application cases, where necessary the underlying working principles are presented. Consequently, students will learn to perform a comparative analysis of different storage technologies and to define typical application cases in the context of system integration of intermittent renewable energies. Special attention will be paid to understand thermodynamical mechanisms in order to optimize selected storage technologies such as thermal storages in Compressed Air Energy Storage and thermal management of cell batteries.

In the second set of lectures and lab work, the students get familiar with basic concepts and experimental methods of Electrochemistry, Surface Catalysis, electrochemical energy conversion and storage, such as fuel cells, batteries, electrolyzes, photo electrochemical cells and others.

The students will also be exposed to some additional concepts at the borderline of electrochemistry and catalysis and solid state physics, surface science, materials science. Participants are able to independently research and analyze topics related to electrochemistry, catalysis, electrochemical energy storage and conversion and will be given an opportunity to present their literature research to the course in form of a short slide presentation.

Prof. Dr. Peter Strasser, Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Berlin


Prof. Peter Strasser is head of the Electrochemical Catalysis, Energy, and Materials Science Laboratory at TU Berlin. Both his Master degree from Tübingen University and his PhD Fritz-Haber Institute of Max-Planck-Society, Berlin were obtained in Physical Chemistry. Moreover, he is a member of the excellence cluster UniCat. Together with colleagues from the US, Prof. Strasser was able to significantly reduce fuel cell costs which was published in “Nature Chemistry”.

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Dr.-Ing. Daniel Wolf, HPS Home Power Solutions GmbH


Dr. Wolf is researcher at Home Power Solutions GmbH, a technology leader in the fields of stand alone and self-contained power solutions and energy efficiency of home services. Dr. Wolf conducted his PhD at the chair of thermodynamics of Ruhr-University Bochum. His research focus is on integration of renewable energy, particularly compressed air energy storage. As well the design of energy market mechanisms caught his attention. 

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