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Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power

COURSE NO: R04-003
Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course describes a number of such devices.  The three most promising technologies are singled out for detailed study: pumped storage hydropower (PSH), compressed-air energy storage (CAES), and high-energy batteries.  Issues of performance, site availability, costs, environmental impacts, need for additional transmission lines, market development, and regulation are discussed.


Wind and solar energy are intermittent sources of energy; the wind does not blow continuously nor does the sun always shine.  If wind and solar power are ever to provide a significant portion of national energy use, devices are required that store the energy as it is generated and distribute the energy as it is needed.


This 4 PDH online course is intended for engineers involved with the development of alternative energy technologies for electrical generation.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding the characteristics of batteries, PSH, CAES, flywheels and capacitors
  • Understanding the characteristics of superconducting magnetic energy storage
  • Understanding the characteristics of vehicle-to-grid and hydrogen energy storage
  • Learning about power component and energy component of storage technologies
  • Learning about cost and performance of PSH, CAES and high-energy batteries
  • Learning about site availability for PSH and CAES installations
  • Understanding the environmental and social impacts (land & water use, GHG emissions)
  • Knowing the market and regulatory barriers to storage deployment
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 12, "Energy Storage Technologies" of Volume 2 of "Renewable Electricity Futures Study, DOE Publication NREL/TP-6A20-52409-2, Golden, CO: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, 2012. 

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Energy Storage for Solar and Wind Power (1.83 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 12 of this DOE publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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