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Project Work and Project-Based Learning to Support Engineering Education: A Demo on Energy Storage

Jessica Tuuf, Sami Lieskoski, and Margareta Björklund-Sänkiaho
Faculty of Science and Engineering, Energy Technology, Åbo Akademi University, Vaasa, Finland

Abstract—To meet future challenges related to climate change and the ongoing energy transition, the implementation of new energy technology will be needed worldwide. The industry counts on new talents and content for this to happen, which in turn motivates the education in the energy field to be developed. However, the resources available for creating new education are often poor. This puts a lot of stress on the education system, including higher education. Especially those educational programs that require specific environments, technologies, and equipment for practical learning, are dependent on adequate economical support. Consequently, various innovative ways of supporting education are therefore more than welcome. In this work, we show how the result of an energy storage project can be used to support engineering education. Within the same project, the Project-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy has been implemented for several students in their final studying year. The energy storage project focused on here aims to build up various demos on energy storage technologies that will be available for students and research personnel in the Vaasa region, Finland. The project is discussed briefly as a whole, whereafter the demo on Phase Change Materials (PCM) is presented more thoroughly.
Index Terms—engineering education, project work, project-based learning, demos, energy storage technologies, phase change material

Cite: Jessica Tuuf, Sami Lieskoski, and Margareta Björklund-Sänkiaho, "Project Work and Project-Based Learning to Support Engineering Education: A Demo on Energy Storage," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 8, No. 4, pp. 250-260, December 2022. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.8.4.250-260

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