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2014/2015 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Technology & Economy of Future Energy Systems
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Dr. D.J. Scholten    D.J.Scholten@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. I. Bouwmans    I.Bouwmans@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
SEPAM (TB) Bachelor

Students from other faculties need to have sufficient prior knowledge in the fields of energy technology, economics and policy.
On the basis of recent scientific literature, a number of topical themes is treated. These may include: networks; sustainable energy; distributed generation; environmental policy; future images and scenarios.
Course Contents
In this module the changing technological and economic characteristics of future energy systems is dealt with.

Contemporary energy systems are confronted by technical developments and socio-economic concerns, such as maturing renewable technologies and ICT based control innovations or energy scarcity and environmental concerns. These changes will reflect on operational roles and responsibilities, market structures and actor interests, and business models for energy services. Moreover, they may necessitate new forms of governance to ensure a reliable operation that meets socio-economic performance criteria. In this light, the course discusses the technical and socio-economic aspects of future, mostly sustainable, energy systems, touching upon issues like the integration of new forms of distributive solar PV or large-scale off-shore wind into existing networks, various forms of new motor fuels, other more experimental renewable energy sources and storage methods, and the dynamics of transition processes.
Study Goals
At the end of this module the students know:
= which technical and socio-economic developments can be expected in the energy sector;
= which aspects of energy systems determine their potential in the energy supply of the future;
= how the various developments and aspects are related.

At the end of this module the students can:
= formulate well-founded descriptions 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 advice on issues in the energy sector.
Education Method
self study, e-discussion (Blackboard), discussion, guest lectures
Scientific articles that are made available on Blackboard.
Written exam (on the computer); active participation in the discussions during class and on Blackboard is a prerequisite for taking the exam.
Enrolment / Application
via Blackboard
Master students
MSc level