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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

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StoRIES PhD Network

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 StoRIES PhD 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 network's PhD students 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. The StoRIES PhD network is open to all PhD students in the first two years of their thesis, including those outside the StoRIES consortium (from H2020 countries).

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

  • your PhD 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

 

For more information please contact:

 

Hüseyin Ersoy (KIT) the interim chair of the StoRIES PhD Network

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Mentoring Programme For PhD Students
Dealing With Hybrid Energy Storage

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Successful thesis activities, preparing the student for his or her future work, should, in addition to the scientific work, offer the opportunity to establish contacts and acquire soft skills, but also to gain knowledge about topics linked, not directly related to the thesis. With the mentoring programme, StoRIES offers PhD students the support of excellent senior researchers and engineers from academia and industry. Students working on hybrid energy storage concepts will have a great opportunity to discuss their work and its impact with the mentors and to look at it from a broader perspective.

In March 2023, StoRIES' first mentor-mentee pair began their collaboration Stefano Passerini, representative of La Sapienza University in Rome, will support Hüseyin Ersoy from 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.

 

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

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Summer Schools For Young Scientists

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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 PhD Network.                 

The presentations of the first StoRIES Summer School can be found here. 28 April:

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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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