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Energy generation and storage (2016)

ECTS credits:  3 ECTS


Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: 31st March—6th April 2016 (between Q3 and Q4)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like:
Capacity limits: 40 participants


Objectives of the course:
Renewable energy generation is vital for a sustainable future. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the core renewable energy technologies, focusing on the depth of research being undertaken in these areas to meet the global energy demand. An overview on this global energy landscape will be provided, followed by an emphasis on fossil fuels, solar photovoltaics, concentrated solar thermal, biomass and nuclear technologies. The thermodynamics, chemical and physical processes will be discussed followed by equal discussion into the storage and utilization of energy. Batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen technologies will all be considered as energy storage options to address the variable nature of renewable energy sources.


Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to understand the following topics at a basic level:

  • Energy production, storage, conversion
  • What sustainability does mean
  • Fossil fuels and the carbon cycle
  • Oil and gas, cracking and Fraging
  • Biomass, biofuels and carbon neutrality
  • Renewable energy and availability
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Energy related thermodynamics
  • Solar photovoltaics
  • H2 production, bacteria, enzymes, photochemical and electrolysis
  • Batteries, Li-S, Li-air
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Fuel cells, overview (PEM FC, SOFC)


Compulsory programme:  
Active participation in lectures, also those given by other students. Active participation in group work and presentations.


Course contents:  
See above




Name of lecturer:
Torben René Jensen (
Mark Paskvicius (


Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, group work and student presentations


Chemistry of Sustainable Energy, N.E. Carpenter, 2014, and supplemented with select research papers.


Course homepage:  
You can read the course flyer for more information. 


Course assessment:
Active participation in all parts of the course, including student presentations, which will assessed/evaluated.


iNANO and Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University


Special comments on this course:



31st March—6th April 2016 at 8.15-14 (the end time for each day might change during the course).


Building 1525-223, Aarhus University, Langelandsgade 140, 8000 Aarhus C 


Please note: Extended deadline is March 29, 2016.

Registration by use of this link: 

For questions, please contact Associate Professor Torben René Jensen, e-mail: or PhD administrator Maria Kragelund, e-mail:

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