Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

Joint Nordic Master’s degree programme, 2 years

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

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Energy Systems

Energy Systems

Study tracks

Year 1 at Aalto University: Department of Mechanical Engineering. Contact: Mika Järvinen
Year 2 at KTH: Department of Energy Technology. Contact: Francesco Fuso-Nerini

 

Background:
Affordable access to essential services underpins development. Energy fuels many such services.  The ‘energy-system’ harnesses resource, transforms it to energy carriers that are used in appliances and machinery to provide those services. In order to provide services to current and future generations, the ‘energy-system’ itself needs to be sustainable. This ‘energy system’ may impact and interact with the economy, the environment (including other physical resource or commodity systems) and society. The effects of this impact and interaction should also be sustainably managed. The energy decision maker is thus concerned with: (i) enabling appropriate, affordable and adequate service access; (ii) ensuring the energy-system can do so in a sustainable manner; and (iii) ensure that the broader interactions between systems do not compromise the planet’s sustained development.

 

The goal of the program is to:
Expose the student to the context, role and process of energy systems analysis for medium to long term decision making; Have the student apply a range of standard energy analysis techniques to stereo-typical problems; Elucidate the role of energy system analysis for Policy, technology, economic assessments; Have the student design, implement and apply energy systems models to a given assessment.

In the process, the student should understand:
Why energy systems (rather than descrete energy technology) are important and how energy systems affect sustainability outcomes. The process of energy-environment-economic (3E) modeling: knowing why modelling is important, as well as who the stakeholders and decision makers are. – Introduction to the formulation of accounting, econometric, input-output and optimization modeling. Development of energy service and energy demand projections. Characterization of resources, technologies, economic, policy, and other elements to be considered within the modeling process. The role of scenarios and assumptions (forecasting, back casting etc.) and the importance of transparency. The relationship between modeling and action (policy / investment formulation / technology development). Typical model scopes, types and their application; Assessment of limitations and dealing with uncertainty.

 


Courses Table

Courses Table

EEN-E1000 Introduction to Advanced, Energy Solutions (5 ECTS) I-II
EEN-E1030 Thermodynamics in Energy Technology, (5 ECTS) I-II
EEN-E1010 Power Plants and Processes (5 ECTS), I-II
EEN-E3007 Process Integration and Energy Optimization (5 ECTS), II
MS-E2140 Linear programming (5 ECTS), I

Elective courses from list 1:

PHYS-E6572 Advanced Wind Power Technology (5 ECTS) (I-II) (alternate years)
PHYS-C6370 Fundamentals of New Energy Sources (5 ECTS) (I-II)
EEN-E3006 Energy Markets (5 ECTS), (I)
AAE-E3051 Future energy carriers (5 ECTS) (I)
AAE-E3000 Advanced Energy Project (10 ECTS) (I-II)
AAE-E3085 Circular Economy for Energy Storage, P (5 ECTS) (I)

 

Total of 30ECTS

 

EEN-E3002 Power process simulation (5 ECTS) III
EEN-E3001 Fundamentals of industrial energy engineering (5 ECTS), III
AAE-E3090 Renewable Energy Engineering, (5 ECTS) (III-IV)
31E01310 Energy and Environmental Economics (5 ECTS), V

Elective courses from list 2:
EEN-E3004 District heating and cooling (5 ECTS) (V)
PHYS-C1380 Multi-disciplinary energy perspectives (5 ECTS) (III-V)
PHYS-E6570 Solar Energy Engineering (5 ECTS) (III- IV) (alternate years, lectured in spring 2016)
EEN-E3005 Exercises in Energy Technology (5 ECTS) (IV-V)
AAE-E3080 Thermal Energy Storage Systems L, (5 ECTS) (IV-V)
AAE-E2003 Thermo-chemical energy Conversion, (5 ECTS) (III-IV)

Total of 30ECTS

MJ2475 Theory & methodology of science in energy research (6 ECTS)
MJ2413 Energy Environment (6 ECTS)
MJ2382 Energy data, balances and projections (6 ECTS)
MJ2440 Measurement techniques (3 ECTS)
MJ2409 Applied energy technology project course 9 (ECTS)

Total of 30 ECTS

MJ248x Thesis, 30 ECTS

Total of 30ECTS

Possible supervisors for master thesis supervision:
Research areas for projects / master thesis - Energy systems

Master Thesis Information

Master Thesis Information