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Join our flexible online course in energy conversion and energy storage.

Gain the engineering skills to help tackle the challenges we face as we progress from traditional fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Renewable sources like wind, wave and solar power are intermittent and not always reliably available.

Train in the new engineering technology we need to capture, convert and store energy from renewables when it’s plentiful, so it can be delivered on demand.

  • Study the interconnection between different forms of energy, energy conversion, and device design limitations.
  • Explore the different ways in which energy might be stored.
  • Learn with a leading university in renewable energy teaching and research, with the input of industry leaders.

Advance your career in renewable engineering, whether you’re already working in the sector or are keen to make the move into this exciting field.

You can use the credits you earn on this course towards our Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering.

What will I study?

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the need for, and efficiency behind, conversion of energy from one form to another for storage.

You’ll study:

  • the interconnection between different forms of energy
  • the fundamental thermodynamics of converting one form of energy to another - including the factors that limit the efficiency of energy conversion
  • the different ways in which energy might be stored, and how quickly it can be delivered on demand to consumers.

You’ll cover the following topics:

  • Energy conversion and efficiency – mechanical to electrical, solar to electrical solar to heat, heat to mechanical, chemical to electrical, nuclear to electrical, chemical to heat and power.
  • The fuel cell (chemical to electrical) – types, modes of operation, advantages and disadvantages of each, efficiency.
  • Energy storage – definitions and categories of storage forms.
  • Electrical (batteries, capacitors), chemical (hydrogen in various forms) potential energy (pump storage), mechanical (flywheels, compressed gases).
  • Transportation.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Explain the reasons for storing energy and the options available for energy storage over different time frames.
  • Communicate the need to convert, store, then reconvert from one form of energy to another.
  • Assess energy conversion efficiency and understand efficiency limitations during conversion due to thermodynamic or device limitations.
  • Evaluate different sources of energy and quantify their energy potential.

Why study Renewable Energy online with the University of Aberdeen?

How will I study?

Our Energy Conversion and Storage course is delivered part-time online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of our MSc in Renewable Energy, this course is taught at Masters level.

Online learning

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures
  • online tutorials
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced renewables engineers, expert academics from the University, and from industry professionals.

Industry input

This course benefits from an Industry Advisory Board. The Board regularly reviews the course content to ensure you’re gaining the latest knowledge and are up to speed with emerging trends, technologies and career opportunities.


You’ll be assessed entirely online.

This course usually combines online assessment with a written exam that you attend in person. However, due to Covid-19, in-person exams will not take place again until January 2022 at the earliest.

Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Masters in Renewable Energy Engineering (120 credits plus a 60-credit project), or a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Renewable Energy Engineering (60 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Renewable Energy Engineering (120 credits)

All are available to study part-time online or full-time on campus.

Build your learning

We have a range of online short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications, including Masters degrees:


Whether you’re already working in the renewables sector or want to develop your career in the fast-growing renewables field, this course will open doors for you.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) honours degree in Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry
  • or three years’ relevant experience that supports this level of training.