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2008/2009 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Technology and Economy of Future Energy Systems
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. I. Bouwmans    I.Bouwmans@tudelft.nl
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Education Period
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Course Language
On the basis of recent scientific literature, a number of themes is treated, including: distributed generation; networks; sustainable energy; environmental policy; future images and scenarios.
Course Contents
In this module the changing technological and economic characteristics of future energy systems is dealt with.

Starting point is the progressing liberalisation of the energy sector that is connected with fundamental technical changes and new social demands, such as those concerning sustainability and environmental protection. Technological and economic aspects are treated of sustainable energy sources, of small-scale energy conversion systems (such as gas turbines and cogeneration systems), and of the application of these systems in the energy infrastructure. Special attention is given to the aspects of small-scalle versus large-scale energy conversion and technical and economic network models.
Study Goals
At the end of this module the students know:
which energy systems will be important in the energy supply in the future;
which technological and economic aspects determine the potential of these systems;
which developments can be expected in the energy sector.

At the end of this module the students can:
make well-founded estimates of the technological and economic characteristics of energy systems;
make a conceptual design of an energy system, given certain technological and social demands;
formulate a balanced opinion on issues in the energy sector.
Education Method
Masterclass, self study, e-discussion (Blackboard), guest lectures.
Computer Use
E-discussion on Blackboard.
Literature and Study Materials
Reader spm9534; I. Bouwmans & M. Jonker.
SEPAM Bachelor

Students from other faculties need to contact the module manager in advance to show their prior knowledge in the fields of energy technology, economics and policy.
Written exam (on the computer); sufficient individual participation in the discussions is a prerequisite for taking the exam.
Enrolment / Application
Via Blackboard.
Active participation in discussions during classes and via Blackboard is required.
Master students.