Course Title: Electrical Energy Storage Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Electrical Energy Storage Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Prof. Bahman Shabani

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4353

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 251.02.028

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with state-of-the-art information on conventional and emerging electrical energy systems and their applications in sustainable energy systems. This can include hydrogen systems, batteries and super capacitors for sustainable stationary and mobile power supply applications, pumped hydro, etc. This course will develop your capabilities in understanding techno-economic performance and social aspects of these systems for being employed in the context of a range of sustainable energy applications. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Needs, Context and Systems
  • Describe, investigate and analyse complex engineering systems and associated issues (using systems thinking and modelling techniques)
  • Exposit legal, social, economic, ethical and environmental interests, values, requirements and expectations of key stakeholders

  1. Problem Solving and Design
  • Develop and operate within a hazard and risk framework appropriate to engineering activities


  1. Analysis
  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities


  1. Professional Practice
  • Demonstrate effective team membership and team leadership
  • Communicate in a variety of different ways to collaborate with other people, including accurate listening, reading and comprehension, based on dialogue when appropriate, taking into account the knowledge, expectations, requirements, interests, terminology and language of the intended audience


  1. Research
  • Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Acknowledge (clearly) your own contributions and the contributions from others and distinguish contributions you may have made as a result of discussions or collaboration with other people

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply engineering fundamentals to design and implement electrical energy storage technologies, such as hydrogen-based systems and batteries, to support sustainable energy solutions.
  2. Exposit how energy storage systems can play a role to improve economic, social, and environmental performance of sustainable energy solutions.
  3. Develop innovative and sustainable solutions for storing and using renewable sources of energy sustainably (for both mobile and stationary applications).
  4. Operate and investigate the performance of selected energy storage solutions (e.g. hydrogen-based systems) while considering the hazards and risks associated with them.
  5. Model electrical energy storage systems when used in conjunction with sustainable energy solutions (e.g. renewables).
  6. Advise on electrical energy storage systems designs, proposals and/or R&D activities.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be studying through a series of recorded lectures, lectorials, seminars, and practical activities. Typical learning activities will be:

  • Listening to the recorded lecture (where available) that covers fundamentals and practical aspects of conventional electrical energy storage technologies
  • Lectorials (online/face-to-face) to review the fundamental aspects covered in the recorded-lecture, cover your questions, and further discuss the practical applications of energy storage systems
  • Participating in the class and online discussions on relative merits of the various alternative energy storage technologies.
  • Attending the laboratory activities to operate and investigate hydrogen-related technologies (e.g. fuel cell, electrolyser, hydrogen storage systems)
  • Solving problems relating to energy storage systems
  • Working within a group to complete a project related to electrical energy storage systems
  • Giving presentations to the class
  • Providing constructive feedback on others’ projects

Overview of Learning Resources

Guidance on resource material will be available online through the MyRMIT Canvas. These resources include prescribed text books, journal papers, and internet resources, as well as lecture notes and other material provided through the MyRMIT Canvas and available through the RMIT website/library

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Assessment tasks: 

Assessment task 1 (A report on laboratory activities covering basics of PEM fuel cells and electrolysers )
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 4 and 5

Assessment task 2 (batteries/super-capacitors)
Weighting: 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment task 3 (hydrogen storage, transportation and stationary applications of hydrogen systems, and pumped hydro)
Weighting: 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 5

Assessment task 4 (course project)
Weighting: 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6