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Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage

COURSE NO: R05-001
Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides a brief description of conventional compressed air energy storage (CAES) and pumped storage hydropower (PSH) technologies including their current status as well as an overview of the general limitations of each technology. It also introduces eight new PSH and nine new CAES technologies.  The “newness” of the technologies ranges from technologies that are new to the United States (but present in a foreign country) to technologies that are futuristic (in very early stages of development).  The business characteristics, electric grid characteristics, suitable applications, and feasibility of each of the novel technologies are described. Finally, it identifies the technological gaps and barriers to commercialization, outlines future research and development needs, and recommends a focus for future efforts.


If renewable energy resources are to reduce our reliance on fossil-fuel power-plants for generating electricity, some means of storing large amounts of energy must be developed to generate electricity during times when the renewable energy resources are not available, for example, when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow.  Two common types of bulk energy storage are compressed air energy storage (CAES) and pumped storage hydropower (PSH).


This 5 PDH online course is intended for electrical, mechanical, and civil engineers concerned about the development and feasibility of increasing the use of renewable energy resources for electricity generation.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Understanding the status and limitations of conventional PSH technology
  • Understanding the status and limitations of conventional CAES technology
  • Learning about permitting issues related to bulk storage systems
  • Learning about the methodology for choosing bulk energy storage applications
  • Knowing the applications recommended for bulk storage
  • Learning about the eight novel PSH technologies
  • Learning about the nine novel CAES technologies
  • Knowing the PSH gaps, barriers and R&D needed
  • Knowing the CAES gaps, barriers, and R&D needed
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage” which is based on the Sandia Report, SAND2011-3700, "Characterization and Assessment of Novel Bulk Storage Technologies” by Poonum Agrawal, et al., May, 2011.

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Novel Technologies for Bulk Energy Storage (2.54 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on 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

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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