Joint Nordic Master’s degree programme, 2 years

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

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Energy Systems

Study tracks

First year: Aalto. Second year: KTH.

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 does 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 modeling techniques to stereo-typical problems; Elucidate the role of energy modeling for Policy, technology, economic assessments; Have the student design, implement and apply a fully-fledged optimization energy systems model to a given assessment.

In the process, the student should understand:
Why Energy Systems (rather than descrete energy technology) is important and how systems are analysed and modelled. 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, CGE 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.

For more information take a look at the Study plan 2018/2019

Courses Table

1. semester, Aalto University, Finland

Introduction to Advanced, Energy Solutions, EEN-E1000, 5 ECTS, I-II

EEN-E2007 Energy, Environment and Emission Control (5 ECTS), 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:

PHYS-E6572 Advanced Wind Power Technology (5 ECTS) (I-II) (alternate years, lectured in autumn 2016)
PHYS-C6370 Fundamentals of New Energy Sources (5 ECTS) (I-II)
EEN-E3006 Energy Markets (5 ECTS), (I)
AAE-E3050 Biofuel & Bioenergy (5 ECTS) (I)
AAE-E3000 Advanced Energy Project (10 ECTS) (I-II)

Total of 30ECTS

2. semester, Aalto University, Finland

EEN-E3002 Power process simulation (5 ECTS) III
EEN-E3001 Fundamentals of industrial energy engineering (5 ECTS), III
PHYS-E0483 Advances in New Energy Technologies (5 ECTS), III- IV
31E01310 Energy and Environmental Economics (5 ECTS), V

Elective courses from list:
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) CHEM-E5145 Materials for Renewable Energy P (5 ECTS) (III–V)
EEN-E3005 Exercises in Energy Technology (5 ECTS) (IV-V)

Total of 30ECTS

3. semester, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

MJ2475 Theory & methodology of science in energy research (6 ECTS) MJ2383 Energy system economics modeling and indicators for sustainable development (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 30ECTS

4. semester, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)

MJ248x Thesis, 30 ECTS

Total of 30ECTS