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2017/2018 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Sociotechnology 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
Name E-mail
Dr. D.J. Scholten    D.J.Scholten@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. D.J. Scholten    D.J.Scholten@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr.ir. I. Bouwmans    I.Bouwmans@tudelft.nl
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Expected prior knowledge
Bachelor TB.

Students from other studies need to have sufficient prior knowledge in the fields of energy technology, economics and policy.
Course Contents
In this module the changing technological and societal characteristics of future energy systems are 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 societal developments can be expected in the energy sector
The potential of various new energy technologies in reshaping the energy mix
How new energy technologies and societal developments may reshape operational roles and responsibilities, energy markets and business models, and governance arrangements

At the end of this module the students can:
Formulate well-founded descriptions of tech. and soc. characteristics of energy systems
Make a conceptual design of an energy system, given certain demands
Formulate a balanced advice on issues in the energy sector
Education Method
11 lectures (interactive sessions), self-study, Blackboard & class exercises, class discussion. Occasional guest lecture or conference / workshop visit. Reading material: scientific articles that are made available on Blackboard.
Written exam (on the computer); active participation in the discussions / exercises on Blackboard is a prerequisite for taking the exam.