Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Identify circular economy concepts and the role of energy in recycling
  • Recognize the material choice effect to degradation mechanisms of the system
  • Develop new design for recycling approach for energy storage application and justify with scientific argumentation
  • Share ones professional expertise in an online team

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 18.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Contact information for the course (valid 06.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Course assistant: Lotta Knuutila (

Responsible professor: Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio (

For practical questions, please contact Lotta.

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    At this course, the students learn the theoretical context of circular economy and how activity, durability and recyclability of an energy storage application will be effected by material selection. The students get to evaluate the whole life cycle of different solutions and their effect on recyclability. The students prepare different scenarios for future energy storage applications that will take into account circular economy aspects and designs for recycling. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Online modules, Personal assignments, project work

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 cr = 135 h

    Including, online video + reading material, personal assignment preparation and group work.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course has 4 separate modules, that are quite independent. They are each 4 weeks long. The whole course will last for 6 weeks + evaluation week.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • E. Worrell and M. Reuter “Handbook of Recycling” Elsevier 2014.
    • Zhang, Jiujun, Zhang, Lei, Liu, Hansan , “Electrochemical Technologies for Energy Storage and Conversion”, Wiley-VCH, 2012.
    • C. Sorrell, S. Sugihara, J. Nowothy, “Materials for energy conversion devices”, Woodhead Publishing Limited, 2005.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E5145 Materials for Renewable Energy

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course is entirely online and needs no contact sessions. This course can be taken anywhere from the world via internet connection.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course will be offered only as online module and does not require constant attendance. The course is multidisciplinary and students from different backgrounds are welcomed to the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This course is entirely online and needs no contact sessions. This course can be taken anywhere from the world via internet connection.

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course will start on 7th September and will last for 6 weeks + examination week.


Registration and further information