Short course calendar

Renewables: Energy Storage - Distance Learning

4 February 2019 - 19 June 2019

The supply of renewable energy and the demand from consumers are continually changing from hour to hour. As a result, energy production can sometimes exceed the total amount of energy required by the grid, while at other times there is a shortfall. To maximise the benefit of renewable energy to the economy and minimise cost it is essential to be able to store the excess of electricity for later use.

This 15 week online course covers some of the major energy storage technologies such as thermal, chemical and hydrogen and looks at how different renewable energy storage systems working together will impact on the national grid.

Course Description

The course is composed of 3 units:- 

  • Thermal and Mechanical energy:  Covers the major forms of storage such as flywheels, compressed air, heat pumps, vacuum solar thermal collector, thermochemical storage and phase change materials for application at different temperatures.

  • Electrochemical:  Introduces students to the fundamental aspects of electrochemistry in order to differentiate between various types of batteries and to understand the working principles of flow redox batteries and supercapacitors.

  • Hydrogen: Describes the advantages and limitations of hydrogen, its roles in today’s economy and in the future. The unit goes on to describe the technologies for the production, storage and use of hydrogen. Finally the safety considerations are outlined.

You can choose to take *formal assessment at Loughborough and if successful can accumulate credits towards your personal CPD portfolio.  By obtaining credits you may also be eligible to progress towards a postgraduate award.

The deadline date for booking will be 4 January 2019 and online booking will be available later in the year.  However in the meantime if you have any further questions please contact Jenny Evans.

 *Taking an exam at Loughborough is free of charge.   An additional Loughborough administration fee of £250 is charged for taking exams off campus.  However you will have to pay further costs to arrange and use an approved local exam centre.  For more details please contact Jenny Evans prior to making your booking. 

Course details

Course code
One semester: 100 hours study; approximately 7 hours a week
Course leader
Dr Dani Strickland
The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing
Places available


Target audience
This course is for graduates in engineering or other technical disciplines.
Previous experience
If you do not have a degree but have relevant experience please e-mail Jenny Evans prior to registering with details of your work experience. An assessment will be made on your suitability for the course.


Assessment is by coursework (25%)and exam (75%).
10 credits


Course fee
Accommodation costs
Not applicable
Accommodation information
Not applicable


In the event of cancellation by the delegate, an administration fee of £250.00 for each student place is levied.

Cancellations must be received at least 5 working days prior to the start of the course. We regret that no refund of course fees can be made for cancellations received after this date.

To apply for a refund you must inform us, in writing, and provide written evidence of the original payment as refunds will only be paid to the account from where it originated. The University also reserves the right to make reasonable alterations to the content of the course. In the event of cancellation by the University, fees will be refunded in full. It does not accept liability for costs incurred by delegates or their organisations for cancellation of travel arrangements and/or accommodation.