Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.01.2020 - 07.04.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-IV Spring (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To understand the role of new energy technologies such as solar and wind power in energy systems in the future. To understand how new energy technologies could be integrated in large-scale into existing energy systems. Restrictions and limitations of the power system. Variable renewable power characteristics. Energy system interfacing and integration. Planning of sustainable energy systems with high-share of renewable energy. Systemic energy innovations. Economics of high-share RE systems.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Prospects for new energy technologies in the future energy systems (market penetration, technology diffusion, technology learning); Short overview of the main principles of energy and power systems (energy chains, end—use, supply-demand balance, grids, response); Characteristics of RE power (resource variability; spatial and temporal variation; sizing and principles); 80-100% renewable energy systems (cases, computer modeling, planning of remaining power system); Energy flexibility options: Demand side management (DSM), Vehicle to Grid (V2G), Power-to-Thermal (P2T), Power-to-Gas (P2G), Smart Grid (SG) strategies, other balancing technologies; Energy storage technologies (physical principles, characteristics, models, applications).

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Final exam or project work and home assignments. Passing of course in spring: 80 % of the maximum points of home exercises + project work accepted (in this case the course grade will be the same as the project work grade); or by exam in spring (home exercises can give up to 6 extra points in the spring exam); later by exam only; Grades 0 (rejected) to 5 (excellent). The project work is done in a team of 3-5 persons; the team delivers a report (10-20 pages).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures 24 hours (2 hours per week); exercises 24 hours; project work or preparations for the exam 50 h, independent home work (assignments) and reading 35h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course material will be available through MyCourses system. For each lecture (2 hours/lecture), overheads and background material will be available incl. home reading before each lecture (1 hour/lecture). 1-2 key questions will follow each lecture for general discussion (15 min/lecture). The course is given in *ENGLISH*; written contributions required can be either in English or in native Finnish/Swedish.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic skills typically acquired after 3 years of studies and basic understanding of energy systems. PHYS-C6370 Fundamentals of New Energy Sources or equivalent recommended but not compulsory.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures: Professor Peter Lund
Exercises: 2 graduate students


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