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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

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, e.g. 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 to:

  • Understand the basic physical concepts of thermodynamics and kinetics involved in electrochemical reactions, e.g. charge transfer at the electrode interfaces; cell resistance; ion diffusion and migration; electron diffusion into the electrode; concentration gradients within the electrolyte; capacity fade
  • Describe the components and processes in batteries: separators, binder, electrolyte, additives, ion insertion/de-insertion, "SEI"; solid electrolyte interphase formation, degradation; cycle life, calendar life, overcharging.
  • Analyze the Li-ion battery development and safety issues; thermal runaway, short-circuiting, fire/explosion hazard.
  • Familiarize with the characterization methods of batteries, e.g. charge/discharge cycles, overpotential, battery capacity, state of charge, state of health, impedance
  • Discuss the selection criteria for commercial battery systems according to different applications, e.g evaluating chemistries versus the ability to recharge; evaluating the design (such as electrode thickness) to tune the power versus energy and lifetime; temperature range; maintenance; cost
  • Describe the process of battery production: lab-scale and industrial battery assembly; electrode, cell, module; battery management systems
  • Review the various battery applications: mobility, mild hybrid, plug-in-hybrid, "BEV"; battery electric vehicle for cars and ships, utilities, grid storage
  • Discuss the Life Cycle Analysis according to cost and environmental aspects; material and energy consumption, reuse, recycling
  • Critically evaluate the utility and viability of technological claims in literature
  • 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

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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

Overlapping courses


The course has 3 hours of lectures, homework and lab exercises each week throughout the semester. The practical laboratory experience are mandatory.

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.


There will be held an oral exam in the end of the semester, which counts for 100% in the grade assessment. In case of many students. the exam may be written instead. 

The mandatory project assignments must be approved in order to take the the final examination.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects 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 pass/fail scale. 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

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Aug. 4, 2020 2:18:14 AM

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