For updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the University of Michigan's information page here

Electrical Energy Storage

Learn the fundamental principles of electrical energy storage devices

Energy storage is a cross-cutting technology that impacts electric vehicles, portable electronics, and the grid penetration of renewable power sources like wind and solar. This online course provides an overview of the fundamental operating principles from the perspective of automotive applications. Learn the different types of batteries, how they work, and how they fail.

Key Information

Open Registration


GO BLUE Discounts
Limited-time refund policy through July 2020

Start Date



180 days

Time Commitment

4-6 Hours



Continuing Education Units (CEU)


Program Overview

Course Outline
  • Basic Battery Concepts Part 1 (34 min)
  • More Basic Concepts Part 2 (37 min)
  • Factors Affecting Battery Performance (30 min)
  • Introduction to Li-ion Batteries (45 min)
  • Degradation Mechanisms in Li-ion Batteries (39 min)
  • Advanced Devices for High Energy and High Power: Li-air Batteries and Ultracapacitors (38 min)
Time Commitment and Work Pace

Each course contains 4-6 hours of online instruction divided into shorter modules to make it easy to learn at your own pace.

You will have 180 days from your course start date to complete the course.

Completion Requirements

Successful completion requires you to view all course modules and receive an 80% passing grade on the course assessment. Upon completing these requirements, you will earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile.

Certificate Option and Specializations

Upon successful completion of 4 CCET courses, you will receive a U-M Certificate of Achievement.

Select 4 courses from one concentration to deepen your knowledge in a subject or area. If you choose a specialization, your certificate will note the specialization you completed.

Prerequisites & Technical Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. A bachelor's degree in a science, engineering, or technical field is recommended but not required.

To view technical requirements, click here.


Administrative/Online Technical Support

Support staff are available via phone and email to help with administrative and technical issues during our normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time).

Learning Objectives

  • Summarize the basic components of a battery and the fundamental principles governing its operation
  • Explain the materials used in modern lithium-ion batteries and their respective operational characteristics
  • Discuss the factors that control battery performance and the primary mechanisms responsible for performance degradation
  • Describe advanced energy storage devices such as super-capacitors and metal-air batteries

course instructor

Don Siegel
Don Siegel
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

Post Program

Digital Badge

Earn a digital badge for your resume or professional profile:

A preview of what a digital badge for a course might look it. A blue, badge-shaped graphic with the Nexus logo and an icon corresponding to the field of study.


A certificate in your course of study will be awarded upon successful completion of this program.

A preview of what a course certificate of completion might look like.

“This program was very suitable for my team and beneficial for us to understand new technologies...[our] engineers can work at their own pace.”

- Supervisor, Ford Motor Company