London, United Kingdom

Energy and Future Cities: Advanced Energy Systems

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

Increasing levels of pollution and the diminution of fuels for traditional energy technologies has resulted in multinational agreements being established on a global scale. 2015 saw the production of the Paris climate agreement whereby 195 countries agreed upon a legally binding global climate deal, the first of its kind. In order to meet the targets of such agreements, significant breakthroughs must be made in key technologies such as lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells. Breakthroughs will require multidisciplinary approaches from the work of fundamental scientist in the creation of new chemistries, to the applied work of engineers in materials scale up and fabrication, to the economic and policy regulations and guidance that will be required to facilitate such change. However, although significant research is being undertaken in both academic and industrial environments education on such devices remains limited. This course will build upon the teachings of the ‘Energy and future cities’ module in term one, exposing the audience to a detailed description of the fundamental mechanisms that drive electrochemical devices and how these devices are fabricated and implemented into real-word products answering questions such as: what is a battery? How is a battery made? Where and how can one implement battery technology?

Course leader

Thomas Heenan and Thomas Budd

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required to study this module but students are expected to have a keen interest in the subject area. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the module in order to enroll. The 'Energy and Future Cities' module in Session One of the UCL Summer School is the perfect lead-in for this module.

Course aim

This module has three key aims: firstly to outline the principles and limitations of low-carbon energy technologies at a fundamental level by exploring the governing electrochemistry, thermodynamics and engineering of devices such as the lithium-ion battery; secondly, to explore how these fundamental conditions can be applied to fabricate cells for commercial products and what the manufacturing process may involve; and thirdly to envisage how these products may be implemented in real-world applications from vehicles to housing.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students who enroll on both Sessions of the UCL Summer School will benefit from a built-in tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: There is an option to stay at the UCL Summer School residence for the duration of the three-week course. Accommodation is within walking distance to the UCL campus and features private, en suite rooms with shared kitchens. The cost is approx. £1100 per three-week session.