Electrical Energy Storage

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Course Dates

Time Commitment

4-6 Hours



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A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of 4 CCET modules.


Electrical 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 module 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.


  • 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


  • 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)

Modules are divided into shorter segments making it easier to learn at your own pace.

If completing a specialization, all four modules must be purchased together and completed in 180 days. For individual modules, you will have 60 days to complete.

Successful completion requires you to receive an 80% passing grade on the module assessment.

Upon successful completion of 4 modules purchased as a group, you will receive the U-M Certificate in Current and Emerging Technologies.

Select 4 modules 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.

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

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Donald Siegel, PhD

  • Department Chair and Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas

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