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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Design of Integrated Energy Systems
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. E.J.L. Chappin    E.J.L.Chappin@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. P.W. Heijnen    P.W.Heijnen@tudelft.nl
Dr.ir. G. Korevaar    G.Korevaar@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. E.J.L. Chappin    E.J.L.Chappin@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. G. Korevaar    G.Korevaar@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Expected prior knowledge
The SEN Energy Track modules taught in Q1 and Q2.
Course Contents
Students are challenged to tackle an integrated energy system design problem in the form of a modelling project. Students are expected to come up with a creative (set of) design(s). Afterwards, they evaluate the expected performance of one or more of these designs as a future system or improvement to existing energy systems.

The design challenge is complex and can only be met: 1) by taking into account dynamics on the short and long term, 2) by tapping into relevant knowledge on technological developments, 3) by using various quantitative analyses, 4) by considering various parts of the value chain, in terms of energy, mass, financial and information flows and 6) by relating and addressing the multi-actor and multi-level complexities.

The quantitative analyses are to be executed with a set of quantitative tools, some used in earlier courses in the Energy Track, some developed by research institutes and companies, and others used in ongoing academic research at the faculty, made available for this course.
Study Goals
Understand and execute the main steps in the design of integrated energy systems
Is able to provide an overview of and explore the design space of integrated energy systems, consisting of multiple carriers, multiple relevant levels, multiple time-scales, multiple sectors
Is able to identify and conceptualize core processes that affect the performance of an integrated energy system that play out on short, medium and long term
Is able to select, develop and use quantitative simulation models for designing integrated energy systems
Is able to reflect on aspects that are placed outside the design space, i.e. the relationship to food, water, built environment, etc.
Education Method
The core task within this module is to carry out a group project in which an integrated energy system is designed and evaluated by using various models. Groups of students use various models and interact with model experts: teachers, researchers but also various companies are involved.

There are lectures and visiting hours for debating modelling choices and details, but also for reflection and debate on modelling and simulation. Students do peer review and present their results for each other and for model experts. This enables academic reflection as well as direct interaction with the potential work field.
Literature and Study Materials
A reader is provided with the approach applied and descriptions of all the models available.

Various energy transition models and simulations are made available for use in the projects. Some were introduced in earlier courses, some are extracted from ongoing energy research at the TU Delft, and others come from various companies in the field that do their own energy system modelling and analysis.
An individual grade will be assigned on the basis of the following inputs:
- The group project report that describes the integrated energy systems design including an assessment of its expected performance.
- An individual appendix with a personal reflection and description of contribution to the project
- An individual oral interview per student in which the role of the student in the group project and individual appendix are discussed
- The peer review results