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New Course: Battery Systems for Transportation and Grid Services

Aug 28 2019

EE/CEE 292X: Battery Systems for Transportation and Grid Services


Abbas El Gamal (,
Ram Rajagopal (,

Lecture Details:

Monday, Wednesday 3-4:20PM, Skilling Auditorium
1-Unit seminar or 3-unit seminar and project
=> EE/CEE 292X is offered to the public through the Stanford Center for Professional Development. Registration deadline is 9 Sept. 2019.
=> Stanford Students register via Canvas:

Who is it for?

Mezzanine level undergraduate and graduate students in engineering and related disciplines, and engineers in industry (offered through SCPD).

Climate change due to carbon emissions poses an existential threat to the world as we know it. Transportation and the electric grid contribute over 60% of carbon emissions. Battery systems can help curb carbon emissions through electrification of transportation and electric grid storage in support of renewable generation. Battery systems have been undergoing dramatic improvements with the multiplication of electrochemistry and material innovations, cell designs, battery pack design, modeling and control algorithms, power electronics and designs for a variety of end uses in transportation (cars, trucks, bikes, skates, drones) and the electric grid. This course provides an overview of the design, modeling, analysis, and operation of battery systems for transportation and grid services. In the first part of the course, academic experts (including 5 Stanford faculty) introduce the key building blocks of the battery system. In the second part, experts from national labs discuss thermal and safety issues in battery systems. In the third part, industry experts (including from Waymo, Tesla, EVGo, and EPRI) provide an overview of use cases and critical concerns for battery systems being implemented in EVs and the grid, including its economics and lifecycle value. The course aims to give a holistic view of the subject with particular attention to interactions between different aspects of the system. It is intended for those who wish to research, design, analyze, model, apply or just learn about battery systems. Project ideas will be provided to the students in the first week of the quarter. Modeling and simulation tools will be available for the projects.

Topics covered include:

  • Battery system specifications and metrics
  • Battery cell design
  • Battery cell modeling
  • Battery management systems (BMS)
  • Battery degradation modeling and health-conscious control
  • Power electronics interfaces
  • Battery system thermal analysis and management
  • Battery system safety considerations
  • Battery system design for EVs (including visit to Tesla Gigafactory for students signed up for 3 units)
  • EV charging networks
  • Battery systems for the grid
  • Battery life cycle value