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Batteries for the Energy Transition: Exploring the Sustainable Value Chain

Discover how batteries function, how they are produced, and what happens at the end of their life cycle.

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Batteries for the Energy Transition: Exploring the Sustainable Value Chain

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  • Intermediate level

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Learn how batteries work and explore their role in developing renewable energies

The energy transition is gaining momentum worldwide and batteries play a key role in its implementation.

On this four-week course from EIT RawMaterials, you’ll explore the fundamental principles of batteries, how they are produced, and the critical role they play in the move towards renewable energy.

Discover the battery life cycle and why they are so important

Battery technology has become commonplace. Batteries are used in applications ranging from cell phones to electric vehicles. But have you ever wondered what makes batteries so important?

This course will help you understand the fundamental principles of how batteries function, how they are produced, and what happens at the end of their life cycle.

Explore the sustainability issues (and solutions) of batteries

Demand for batteries is growing rapidly as they are needed for everything from mobile phones to electric vehicles.

You’ll hear from recognised educators from six European universities and research institutes as they share their knowledge concerning every step of the battery value chain, considering sustainability at every stage.

What topics will you cover?

  • Renewable energy
  • Battery technology
  • Lithium-ion batteries
  • Battery materials
  • Sustainability
  • Battery value chain
  • Circular economy
  • Recycling batteries

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On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • identify the basic components of a battery
  • describe how batteries work
  • discuss current challenges facing the production and application of batteries.
  • engage discussions concerning sustainability in the battery value chain
  • explore more knowledge about the technologies.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning about the intricacies of batteries, how they work, and how they can be used for a more sustainable future.

Who will you learn with?

I am Associate Professor in Inorganic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician” of the University of Bologna and I am studying batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells.

Hi! My name is Habtom, a materials chemist specializing in electrochemical energy storage in batteries and supercapacitors. I am currently a researcher at Uppsala University.

I am Professor of Materials Chemistry at Uppsala University, and have plenty of experience of battery research.

I am associate prof. - Head and founder of Division of Strategic Research at MEERI Polish Academy of Sciences.

I am Ulla Lassi, professor at the University of Oulu, Finland. My core competence is the preparation of cathode active materials for lithium-ion batteries from primary and secondary resources.

I am full professor of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry at the University of Milan Bicocca, Department of Materials Science, where I have been working since 2007 teaching and doing research.

Who developed the course?

EIT RawMaterials

Initiated and funded by the EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), a body of the European Union, EIT RawMaterials is the largest European raw materials partnership.

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