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Battery Manufacturing: Trends in Battery Engineering

Explore new trends in battery production, and the role sustainable batteries could play in the transition to a greener future.

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Understand the current trends and challenges in battery engineering

On this course, you’ll learn how sustainable batteries can play a vital role in a green economy.

The European Commission’s ‘A Clean Planet for all’ sets out a vision of a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. New advances in battery technology can make this a reality, and make battery engineering an exciting career path.

Learn about the importance of batteries for clean energy

Batteries are vital for a sustainable future because of the key part they play in stabilising the power grid and in powering electric vehicles.

You’ll learn exactly what the current trends in battery manufacturing are, and the different ways new batteries and storage technologies can aid clean energy in Europe’s automotive sector and beyond.

You’ll learn about cutting-edge Li-ion battery electrodes, and the new ways they could be applied in energy and industry.

You’ll also get an overview of the latest processes in cell manufacturing.

Examine recent safety issues in battery production and recycling

Battery recycling is a key component of sustainable battery engineering. You’ll identify how recycling can help secure sustainable materials for battery production.

You’ll also learn the latest in recycling technologies for Li-ion batteries, and ultimately be able to describe thermal runaway and important battery safety issues.

What topics will you cover?

  • Batteries for Electric Vehicles
  • Battery Storage Technologies
  • Battery Lifecycle
  • Recycling of Batteries
  • Special Processes and Equipment
  • Safety Issues

Learning on this course

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...

  • Explain current trends in battery manufacturing.
  • Describe the manufacturing process of a battery cell.
  • Describe battery safety issues (Short-circuit, Thermal runway and Thermal Propagation).
  • Explore different applications of batteries.
  • Describe several technical characteristics of Storage Technologies.
  • Describe the basic functioning of lithium-ion batteries, their pros and cons.
  • Explain the basic functioning of flow batteries, their pros and cons.
  • Explain the basic functioning of supercapacitors, their pros and cons.
  • Explain the basic functioning of lead acid batteries, their pros and cons.
  • Identify the advantages of Li-ion batteries for Electric Vehicles.
  • Explain pros and cons of the electrodes used in Li-ion batteries.
  • Describe EV Battery Sustainability – Importance of Resource Extraction and Second-life.
  • Explain recycling technologies for Lithium-ion batteries.
  • Summarize General Concept of Life Cycle Assessment.
  • Identify CO2e hot spots in battery production.

Who is the course for?

This course is for university students and young professionals, and would especially appeal to students studying engineering or professionals orientated to the manufacturing sector.

Who developed the course?

EIT Manufacturing

EIT Manufacturing is a Knowledge and Innovation Community with a mission to add unique value to European products, processes, services – and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing.

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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