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Energy Storage

Fundamentals, Materials and Applications


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. Robert A. Huggins
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About this book


  • Explains the fundamentals of all major energy storage methods, from thermal and mechanical to electrochemical and magnetic
  • Clarifies which methods are optimal for important current applications, including electric vehicles, off-grid power supply, and demand response for variable energy resources such as wind and solar
  • New and updated material focuses on cutting-edge advances including liquid batteries, sodium/sulfur cells, emerging electrochemical materials, natural gas applications and hybrid system strategies

This book explains the underlying scientific and engineering fundamentals of all major energy storage methods. These include the storage of energy as heat, in phase transitions and reversible chemical reactions, and in organic fuels and hydrogen, as well as in mechanical, electrostatic and magnetic systems. Updated coverage of electrochemical storage systems considers exciting developments in materials and methods for applications such as rapid short-term storage in hybrid and intermittent energy generation systems, and battery optimization for increasingly prevalent EV and stop-start automotive technologies. This nuanced coverage of cutting-edge advances is unique in that it does not require prior knowledge of electrochemistry. Traditional and emerging battery systems are explained, including lithium, flow and liquid batteries. Energy Storage provides a comprehensive overview of the concepts, principles and practice of energy storage that is useful to both students and professionals.



Electrochemical Energy Storage Energy Storage Hydrogen Storage Lead-acid Batteries Lithium Ion Batteries Mechanical Energy Storage Nickel Batteries Solar Energy Storage Variable Energy Resources Wind Energy Storage

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Materials Science and Engineering Dept.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

About the authors

Professor Huggins obtained his B.A. in Physics from Amherst College and his M.S. and Sc.D. in Metallurgy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.   After serving as an Instructor at MIT, he joined the Stanford faculty, where he initiated the Department of Materials Science and founded Stanford's Center for Materials Research. His career has included a National Science Foundation Fellowship and guest lectureship at the Max-Planck-Institute, as well as terms as Director of Materials Sciences at ARPA, Chief Scientist of the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Ulm, Germany, and Chairman of the Solid State Sciences Committee. He was a member of the Committees on Advanced Energy Storage Systems and Battery Materials Technology of the US National Academy of Sciences and the first President of the International Society for Solid State Ionics. He was also one of the Founders, and later twice a Counselor, of the Materials Research Society. He is Honorary Professor at the University of Ulm and the University of Kiel.

Dr. Huggins is recipient of many awards including the American Society for Engineering Education’s Vincent Bendix Award, the Research Award of the Electrochemical Society's Battery Division, and the Research Award of the International Battery Association.

His research activities have included studies of imperfections in crystals, solid-state reaction kinetics, ferromagnetism, mechanical behavior of solids, crystal growth, and a wide variety of topics in physical metallurgy, ceramics, solid state chemistry and electrochemistry. Topics of particular recent interest have been hydrogen transport and hydride formation in metals, alloys and intermetallic compounds, and especially, various aspects of materials and phenomena related to advanced batteries.

He is author or co-author of over 400 publications, including 150 articles or chapters in books and conference proceedings, as well as 13 patents.  He is Editor of several books, including of the 23-volume book series Annual Review of Materials Science. He has also been an Editor of Solid State Ionics journal, Associate Editor of the Materials Research Bulletin, on the Advisory Review Board of the Journal of Materials Research, and on the Editorial Boards of Progress in Solid State Chemistry, the Journal of Power Sources, and Ionics, as well as the European Journal of Solid State and Inorganic Chemistry. In addition to his many research publications, he is the author of two recent books published by Springer, Advanced Batteries: Materials Science Aspects and Energy Storage.

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