Energy Storage and its Applications

The ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton opened in October 2014, funded by the EPSRC, to tackle industrial challenges and develop new technologies and skills that will enable the UK to meet its low carbon targets.

Energy Storage Training

Students undertake a Masters level training programme in year 1, followed by a 3 year PhD project. The Masters programme is 180 credits, all modules are compulsory, and must be passed to progress to the PhD project phase of the programme. Semester 1 is mainly 'taught' and semester 2 is mainly 'research' biased, with a 4 week duration individual Mini Project around Easter, and a 15 week duration Summer Project from June through to September. We aim to allocate our students to a PhD project in their topic of interest around Easter of the first year. 

 Year 1 modules

Introduction to Energy Technologies, Environment and Sustainability

  • Led by Dr. Patrick James and delivered at the University of Southampton.
  • Topics include Fundamentals of energy and principles of energy conversion, Principles of heat engines, fuel cells, photovoltaic cells, electromechanical generators, Pros and cons of different renewable energy technologies, and Environmental and social impact of energy technologies. 

Global Energy Systems

  • Led by Prof. Peter Hall and delivered at the University of Sheffield.
  • Topics include industrial energy structures, matching energy supply to demand, energy generation and distribution from fossil fuels, PV, wind, bio energy, nuclear, and smart grids. 

Fundamentals of Energy Storage

  • Led by Prof. Peter Hall and delivered at the University of Sheffield.
  • Seminars cover four key energy storage technologies - Electrochemical, Thermal, Superconducting Magnetic,  Mechanical (Liquid and Compressed Air).
  • Students undertake a two month laboratory based group project to build working electrochemical storage devices and characterise their performance.

Social Science of Energy Storage

  •  Led by Dr. Chris Jones and delivered at the University of Sheffield.
  • Seminars introduce theories and practices relevant to understanding the social acceptance of energy storage technologies, from key social science disciplines (e.g., environmental psychology, human geography, politics, economics and environmental ethics), Training in some of the key research used by social scientists investigating socio-technical issues and an opportunity to discuss and debate the relevance of key social science disciplines in shaping energy futures, particularly with respect to energy storage. 

Mini Project

Undertaken at students local campus, this is an individual four week duration research project, selected by each student in their specific area of interest in energy storage technology. Projects topics are proposed by students themselves, academic supervisors and members of our Industrial Advisory Board.

Energy Storage Applications

  • Led by Prof. Andrew Cruden and delivered at the University of Southampton.
  • This module covers the fundamentals of energy storage application (e.g. temporal storage needs) and principles of energy conversion, Principles of electrochemical systems, heat engines, superconducting magnetic energy storage systems, mechanical energy systems, Principles of power electronics and energy management systems, Pros and cons of current commercial and demonstration energy storage units, Environmental and social impact of applied energy storage technologies. 

Summer Project

Undertaken at students local campus, this is an individual  three month duration research project, selected by each student in their specific area of interest in energy storage technology. Projects topics are proposed by students themselves, academic supervisors and members of our Industrial Advisory Board.

Professional Skills Training

Our students can also study for a Post Graduate (PG.Cert) qualification in Professional and Transferable Skills, in parallel to their doctoral project in each of the four years of the programme. This qualification is recommended for graduates without prior employment, and includes themes to develop technical writing, research methodology, outreach & impact experiences,  creative thinking, time management, presentations, project management, working in teams and networking skills.