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Renewables: Energy Storage - Distance Learning

8 February 2021 - 23 June 2021

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 introduces students to the fundamentals of 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 divided into common aspects to all types of energy storage and specific characteristics based on the type.

The content includes  

- Introduction to Energy storage 
- Energy Storage safety 
- Grid based applications of energy storage 
- Grid interconnection of energy storage 
- Practical design considerations and balance of plant 

Different energy storage characteristics and governing theory 
- Electrochemical 
- Hydrogen 
- Pumped storage 
- Compressed Air 
- Mechanical 
- Thermal

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 6 January 2021. Online booking will be made available nearer the time. In the meantime, if you have any further questions please contact

 *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 the Postgraduate Administration Team 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 Engineering
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 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.