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4 Credits
Available Winter

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ENGR 202
and ME 312


Robin Feuerbacher
105A Cascades Hall
OSU-Cascades, Bend, OR

Course Description

Coverage of energy storage techniques involving electrochemical, mechanical and emerging options. Integration of the energy storage media, its effects on the bulk power system, and design tradeoffs to understand environmental impacts, cost, reliabilities, and efficiencies for commercialization of bulk energy storage.


  • Intro to Energy Storage
  • Power vs. Energy
  • Electrochemical Energy Storage
    • Batteries
    • Fuel Cells
    • Ultra-Capacitors
    • Super Conducting Magnetic Energy Storage
    • Mobile vs. Fixed Energy Storage
  • Types of Mechanical Energy Storage
    • Pumped Hydro
    • Compressed Gas
    • Flywheel
    • Thermal
  • Additional topics: Discussions relating to other forms of energy storage including carbon based solutions. Discussion of tradeoffs and use cases of these solutions as well as their impacts on the environment. Diesel, natural gas, recovered methane, bio-diesel and solar thermal will be included. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. Compare and contrast methods of energy storage management in terms of cost, size, weight, reliability, efficiency and lifetimes.
  2. Describe the energy storage need of the smart grid, both present and future
  3. Define the advantages and disadvantages of storage integration in various energy distribution systems, e.g. facility/home, substation, generation facility.
  4. Summarize the impact of energy storage in an electric power system on power quality, power reliability and overall system efficiency.