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Education & Training

One of the main objectives of StoRIES is to create and empower a new generation of researchers and technologists with holistic competencies encompassing:

  • technical,

  • environmental,

  • economic and

  • social aspects

of energy storage technologies, systems and hybridisation, and to foster knowledge exchange between academia and industry through courses and training for existing and future workforce.

StoRIES education and training opportunities are open to all those interested in hybrid energy storage

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Training Programme For University Master’s Students

The Master Student Training Programme will provide the opportunity for the students working on energy storage DURING THE THESIS PERIOD to get additional knowledge and skills necessary for the understanding of the hybrid energy storage and its influence on its technical, economic, social and environmental surrounding.  

Training Programme is not required to be formally recognized by the Universities. It is based on a mentorship model over a voluntary basis. Involved Universities are invited to mentor the students, attending the Programme. Mentors monitor and assess the achievement of training objectives by the students, and on local coordinators who trace the outcomes of students' activity at each University. No degree title is delivered.

Students have to be involved over a specific Challenging Scientific and Technological Topic in the field of:

  • Development of new materials for energy storage devices 

  • Hybridization in the energy storage field at the materials level

  • Hybridization in the energy storage field at the component/device level

  • Innovative Energy carriers and related technologies for production/utilization 

  • Energy Storage Integration in multi-energy eco-systems 

  • Sustainability of the hybrid energy storage solutions

The Training Objective consists in the achievement, over a specific topic, of a knowledge including the following components:  

  • Technical: mentored research investigation on a Challenging topic (it can include working experience at the infrastructure of RI providers within StoRIES)

  • Interdisciplinary and multi-level approach: the student follows a multidisciplinary approach as needed by a challenge-driven study, understanding the multi-level (from materials-to component and systems) aspects of systems solutions developed 

  • Environmental: the students are trained toward sustainable solutions and to assess environmental benefits provided by the implementation of developed solutions

  • Economic: the student during the training is trained to consider the economic aspects in the solutions development since a viable business model is needed for their implementation

  • Social: the student is trained to consider social acceptance aspects in the solutions development and/or social impact of the developed solutions

 

For more information please contact Linda Barelli

The presentations of the StoRIES Seminars can be found here. The recordings are also available. You can watch them here

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StoRIES Early-stage Researcher Network

Objective

Energy storage research is one of the key elements for realizing a sustainable energy transition where young generation energy scientists will act as a driving force. In this manner, StoRIES project addresses the required future research directions and promotes a strong transdisciplinary research cooperation within the created storage eco-system. Hence, the aim of the network is to provide opportunities for early-stage researchers in the field of energy storage to benefit from the fund of scientific knowledge and improve their skills under supervision of leading scientists.

 

The StoRIES Early-stage Researcher Network is open to scientists (Bachelor, Master, PhD students and PostDoc within 2 years after their PhD), including those outside the StoRIES consortium (from H2020 countries). The network's researchers are given priority in the mentoring programme and summer schools. They are also actively informed about conferences dealing with hybrid energy storage, invited to present their work to the StoRIES community for improving the quality and involved in the revision of the project publications

Procedure

To join the network, please send Hüseyin Ersoy (KIT) a motivation letter (no longer than 1.5 pages) in which you briefly describe:

  • your research topic and how your approach will contribute to solving existing and potential challenges of energy storage

  • other technologies and/or aspects of energy storage in which you are interested and which could make an important contribution to the development of future energy storage solutions

Researchers in the Network

The list of the researchers affiliated to the StoRIES Early-stage Researcher Network in alphabetical order can be found here.

If you need more information or would like to join the StoRIES Early-stage Researcher Network, please contact Hüseyin Ersoy (KIT) (interim chair of the network).

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Mentoring Programme For PhD Students
Dealing With Hybrid Energy Storage

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Objective 

Through the Mentor-Mentee Pair Programme, StoRIES offers PhD students the support of excellent senior scientists and engineers. In the programme, PhD students will be mentees under the guidance and supervision of senior research mentors from academia and industry. StoRIES believes the successful thesis activities, preparing the student for its future work, should include the possibility of networking and getting soft skills, but also knowledge on topics not directly linked to the thesis. The PhD students working on hybrid energy storage approaches will receive a great opportunity to meet and discuss their work and its impact and to look at it from a wide point of view.

 

Procedure

1. If you would like to become one of the StoRIES mentors, please apply by contacting Pınar Arpaçay (KIT) and Olga Sumińska-Ebersoldt (KIT) by email.

2. The mentor (PhD supervisor) is asked to submit a short CV, while the mentee (PhD student) submits a CV and thesis description. As the mentor must agree to the mentee's participation in the programme, his/her email address should be included in the application email.

3. The application will be assessed within 1 month, after the application email. Mentor-mentee pairs must be accepted by the Education Programme Management Committee (EPMC) of StoRIES.

 

Implementation

The collaboration between the mentor and mentee established under the StoRIES programme should include the following:

  • One face-to-face meeting, if requested. The meeting should take place concomitantly with an event, possibly a StoRIES event, of interest for both the mentor and the mentee. The costs for such a meeting are covered by the StoRIES budget.

  • The doctoral candidate or the mentor will apply for reimbursement before the trip. Depending on the decision of EPMC, a confirmation of reimbursement will be sent, or a refusal will be justified.

  • StoRIES will cover travel, accommodation, and daily expenses for a stay no longer than required for the Mentoring Programme. The last request for reimbursement will be accepted 6 months before the end of StoRIES project.

  • Regular online meetings every 6 months to discuss the PhD, its progress, challenges and plans for the next 6 months.

  • Final report at the end of the programme with information about the dissertation, the added value of the programme and a communication flow (meetings) to be confirmed by both parties. The report will be published on the StoRIES website.

 

The collaboration between the mentor and the mentee must last longer than one year and ends automatically with the end of the PhD study or with the end of the StoRIES project. Even if the formal collaboration and support ends with the StoRIES project, the mentor and mentee are encouraged to continue their collaboration as they see fit.

 

Mentor-Mentee Pairs

In March 2023, StoRIES' first mentor-mentee pair began their collaboration Prof. Stefano Passerini, representative of Sapienza University of Rome, will support Hüseyin Ersoy from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with his expertise in the PhD thesis entitled ‘Application of constructive sustainability assessment (CSA) for emerging energy storage technologies’. The central question of the dissertation project is to identify how can constructive sustainability assessment (CSA) approach be used to develop a sustainable and economically feasible Al-air battery for seasonal energy storage, while minimizing negative impacts and identifying opportunities for improvement through informed decision-making. To this aim, the dissertation aims evaluation of LCSA methodologies, and provide a full application case that will act as a blueprint for full assessment of an emerging energy storage technologies. The cumulative dissertation will be carried out with 3 papers concerning methodology review and evaluation, a full LCSA of an emerging Al-air battery, and a conclusive research article about the impact of integrating sustainable thinking in early design phases.

 

In December 2023, StoRIES welcomed the second mentor-mentee pair collaboration between senior researcher Prof. Giovanni Battista Appetecchi from the ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Sustainable Economic Development) and PhD student Luigi Jacopo Santa Maria from University of Limerick. Dr. Appetecchi will support Santa Maria in his doctoral project, which deals with the development of graphite/Si anodes for high energy density lithium-ion batteries. A wet-chemical, high throughput approach will be used to prepare anodes involving the direct growth of silicon in nanowire structure on graphite flakes with the aid of a tin catalyst. Furthermore, the doctoral project will focus on scaling up the nanowire on graphite synthesis protocol and pre-lithiation processes. The composite electrodes will undergo cycling in both half and full cells, with ex-situ analysis using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to observe morphological changes. It is also aimed to combine anodes with ether electrolytes and high voltage nickle rich lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt-oxide (NMC) cathodes in full cells.

 

StoRIES introduced its third mentor-mentee pair in Mentoring Programme in January 2024. Researcher Dr. Manuel Baumann from Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) will support Irena Beloreshka from Faculty of Management in Technical University of Sofia in her PhD project with the title of ‘Research into and development of economic models for the construction of battery-based electricity storage systems’. The main objective of the work is hybrid projects involving a renewable generation asset and battery-based energy storage system in Bulgaria. The project is aimed to assess the business case, funding gap, and identify possible additional revenue streams for the storage array. The case of a standalone battery energy storage systems (BESS) to provide energy-storage-as-a-service in Bulgaria will also be explored as well as a suitable tariff structure and calculation. The research considers various technical options and configurations with reviewing regulatory frameworks, proposing measures to address any gaps identified.

 

If you need more information or would like to become one of the StoRIES mentors, please contact Pınar Arpaçay (KIT) and Olga Sumińska-Ebersoldt (KIT).

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Summer Schools For Young Scientists

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The Second StoRIES Summer School 2024 entitled "Hybrid energy storage and application-oriented solutions in EU" will be held in Rome in Italy (Complesso Eni Gazometro di Roma, Via Ostiense 72, 00154 Roma) between 3 June and 6 June 2024.

The main objective of the Summer School is not only to provide a general overview of a combination of various energy storage technologies (electrochemical, chemical, thermal, electrical and mechanical energy storage), but to suggest innovative hybrid solutions at different levels (from industrial-, to grid-, microgrid-, and domestic-scale applications) for early-career researchers (MSc, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers within 2 years after PhD). Well-recognised experts will share insights on the issues related to hybrid energy storage applications.

 

Please note there is no registration fee for the summer school. Registration includes access to all summer school sessions, coffee breaks, lunch and dinner free of charge as part of the program. Please also note that accommodation, visa, travel costs and any other expenses are not covered. Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements in this regard. 

 

The deadline for the application is 31 March 2024. Important updates regarding Summer School 2024 can be seen below:

Program Overview

Detailed Schedule

Speakers Information

Working groups information for the case studies

 

If you need more information, please contact Pınar Arpaçay (KIT).

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First StoRIES Summer School 2023

To enable early-stage scientists (Master, PhD students
and PostDoc within 2 years after their PhD) to gain
knowledge on various aspects of hybrid energy storage
and its integration into energy systems, StoRIES will
organise three summer schools for early-stage scientists
starting in 2023. Participants of the summer schools are
students from StoRIES consortium and external
organisations.


The first StoRIES Summer School entitled "REPowerEU
and the need for energy storage in Europe"
will be held
at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia from 29 May to 1 June
2023
. The main objective of the Summer School is to
provide and exchange knowledge on the importance of
energy storage in Europe. Experts will share insights on
the issues related to energy storage, including needs.
existing and future technologies, hybridisation.
sustainability, legal issues and economic parameters.
Registration for the Summer School will open in January
2023. If you would like to be personally informed about
the opening, contact Hüseyin Ersoy and join our StoRIES
Early Stage Researcher Network.

The presentations of the first StoRIES Summer School can be found here

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Online Courses For Workforce From Academia And Industry

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The development of hybrid energy storage solutions, as well as their implementation requires researchers and engineers capable to work with them and understand not only the technical aspects of the new technologies, but also see the interrelationships between the technology, the financial and environmental costs, and the social, regional, and political environment of the technology.

While other StoRIES Education and Training Programme activities focus on early-stage scientists who will be working on this aspect in the near future, this activity focuses on the existing workforce and their training needs related to energy storage in the context of the Clean Energy Transition and the changing energy market.

To propose topics for the next courses, please contact Olga Sumińska-Ebersoldt (KIT).

Listen to the first StoRIES lecture, by Prof. Stefano Passerini, coordinator of StoRIES, on “Energy Storage: Role of Electrochemistry”:

The StoRIES Summer School 2023 courses are available online! You can watch them here

Video: Renewable Hydrogen costs and end uses: A case study for Cyprus - Nestor Fylaktos

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Online Platform With Existing Online Open
Academic Courses On Energy Storage

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Education in energy storage technologies on both academic and professional level as continuing education is crucial for the future development of efficient and hybrid storage solutions. Online open academic courses, ranging from massive open online courses (MOOCs), video tutorials for self-studies, to scheduled courses accessible remotely will be mapped and links made available via this website. The first compilation of courses will be published by the end of 2022 including information on content and format, and how to access the courses. Courses from StoRIES partners but also other available courses will be covered the platform. The platform is expected to become a single point of access (single entry port) to online based education related to energy storage technologies and their hybridization.

The content will be at least biannually updated and institutions interested to offer their educational materials are always invited to get in contact with the platform responsible institution: Poul Norby (DTU).

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Vacancies In Energy Storage And Hybrid Energy Storage

Both hybrid energy storage community and the energy storage community, do not have a common platform for publishing job offers. StoRIES solves this problem.

If you would like to publish your vacancies on the StoRIES website, please contact Adeola Adeoti (CLERENS).

1. Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) are presenting their joint doctoral programme in the field of hydrogen technology. More information about the programme. AITs job description and announcement of other PhD offers.
More information on TU Graz


2. Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) is looking for a Research Engineer (f/m/d) Energy Informatics in the field of renewable, hybrid power plants. More info can be found here

3. IMDEA Energy is opening a Postdoctoral Position for the Electrochemical Processes Unit, looking for talented and motivated candidates to work on a next-generation of sustainable Redox Flow Battery (RFB), which relies on the use of solid boosters and organic molecules through redox-mediated processes. More info here

4. University of Birmingham (UK) is looking for a Research fellow in Thermal Energy Storage (mechanical/energy engineering or similar) for the EU THUMBS UP project. More information can be found here

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