San Jose State University in collaboration with CalCharge, is launching "battery university," a first-of-its-kind MS Degree program that seeks to expand the skilled workforce needed by this rapidly growing and changing industry. Course topics will range from the basics of battery technology and manufacturing to overviews of market dynamics and policy considerations. Designed to include opportunities for hands-on experience, students will be able to conduct research and market analysis projects with local battery firms. Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will contribute instructors to the program.
Prospective students interested in the program are encouraged to complete a prequalification form so that a faculty advisor can review your background and make a determination about your suitability for the program. Students interested in pursuing the MS Degree, emphasis in Battery Technologies should have a background in Engineering or a closely related field. For more specific information on SJSU's admission requirements, please review this FAQ.
There are three ways for students to participate in "battery university"
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Program Schedule (subject to change)
A broad overview of the various battery technologies including Li-ion, flow, lead acid, and NiMH batteries. Students will learn about the basics of battery performance and operation.
Covering the manufacturing of Li-ion and flow devices in detail. Lectures will cover the basics steps in manufacturing, the equipment, cost considerations, and quality issue related to manufacturing.
This course will cover the various markets for batteries, including consumer electronics, vehicles, grid, medical, and military applications. The technology challenges in each market will be covered and the policy considerations will be analyzed.
This course will cover the basics of electrochemistry, including thermodynamics, kinetics, mass transfer effects, reference electrodes, porous electrodes, dilute and concentrated solution theory, and electro-analytical methods, including voltammetry, coulometry and impedance spectroscopy.
This follow-up course will provide an in-depth look at batteries with a focus on the cutting-edge research and development. Topics such as material synthesis techniques, science of electrode fabrication, advanced characterization techniques, battery life degradation mechanisms, design of battery electrodes, thermal management, and state-of-charge and state-of-health measurements will be covered.
This course will delve into control and sensing systems for monitoring state-of-charge and state-of-health of batteries. Algorithms for measuring the state of the battery, charging protocols, life estimation, and temperature monitoring. Circuit designs to complement these algorithms will be discussed.