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Course content

The course will focus on the fundamentals of electrochemical energy storage considering the operation and design of various battery technologies. A survey of specific primary and rechargeable batteries, for instance Lead-acid, Li-ion, NiMH, NaS, metal-air etc., will be covered. Their advantages and disadvantages, operation and safety will be analysed. Integrating basic science and engineering with cost analysis and policy considerations will provide a complete picture of the development of modern battery storage systems.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you will have a good foundation for

  • understanding the basic mechanisms allowing electrochemical energy storage in batteries, as well as the basic kinetics, reactions, e.g. charge transfer at the electrode interfaces; cell resistance; ion diffusion and migration; electron diffusion into the electrode;
  • describing the components, processes and characterization tools in batteries: separators, binder, electrolyte, additives, ion insertion/de-insertion, "SEI"; solid electrolyte interphase formation, degradation; cycle life, calendar life, overcharging
  • analyzing the design of commercial Li-ion battery solutions, from business, safety, social economic and environmental perspectives.

You will have in-depth knowledge of the different battery technologies, overview over recent research in the area and the ability to teach the techniques to other students with a basic knowledge in the subject.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

The course is based on knowledge as given by the courses TEK5300 – Renewable Energy: Science and Technology and MENA3200 – Energy Materials (continued). The course is designed for master's students with limited experience in electrochemistry.

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The course has 3 hours of lectures each week, and a little lab exercise suitable for furure teachers. We try to arrange a visit to the battery labs at IFE or UiO during the semester.

A compulsory written final project has to be approved before you can enter the final examination. Students will also give a short presentation to the class about the result of their project.


  • The course has a final oral exam, which counts 100% towards the final grade. In case of many students, the exam may be written instead. 

The mandatory project assignments must be approved before you can sit the final examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Courses taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass, the original examination.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 25, 2022 6:21:20 AM

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