Power and Data Engineering (PDE)

Energy Storage, Conversion and Transport

Teaching Methods Lecture
Learning objectives / competencies

The students are familiar with various types of electrical energy conversion and storage technology, specifically, batteries, fuel cells, and electrolyzers. They are also familiar with chemical (e.g., hydrogen) and thermal energy transport technologies as well as interconversion between electrical, chemical and thermal storage (e.g., power-to-gas, power-to-heat). On the fundamental level, they know the thermodynamic and kinetic working principles of electrochemical cells. On the technology level, the students know the setup and design principles the systems, including their properties in terms of efficiency and durability. On the application level, the students are aware of applicability, requirements, and potential of different energy storage and transport systems. They have an insight into the economic status of energy storage, conversion and transport technologies and understand the future trends in research and development.


Duration 1
SWS 4.0
Classes 60
Self-study / group work: 60
Workload 120
ECTS 4.0
Requirements for awarding credit points

written exam 90 minutes

Responsible Person

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Wolfgang Bessler

Frequency Annually (ws)

Master PDE


Energiespeicherung, -umwandlung und -transport/Engery Storage, Conversion and Transport

Type Vorlesung/Übung/Labor
Nr. M+V3047
SWS 4.0
Lecture Content

1. Introduction, history, thermodynamic and kinetic fundamentals
2. Batteries, types (lithium-ion, lead-acid, redox-flow) and properties
3. Fuel cells, electrolyzers, gas storage
4. Thermal storage and transport
5. Stationary and mobile applications, grid connection and integration



Bessler, Lecture notes
Kurzweil and Dietlmeier, Elektrochemische Speicher, 2015
Larminie and Dicks, Fuel Cell Systems Explained, 2003.