Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Students understand holistically energy systems, their components and interaction. Students understand basics of energy system economics and energy markets. Students understand the basics of energy consumption. Students understand the basics about power grids, power system stability and smart grids. Students understand main issues connected to integration of renewable power generation into energy systems. Students understand material issues connected to energy systems and the basic principles of life-cycle analysis. Students have basic understanding about energy storage systems and their potential utilization in power systems. Students learn basic ideas of nuclear power generation and the role nuclear energy potentially has in future energy systems. Students learn to study and reflect on scientific journal articles.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 09.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ilkka Keppo

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Martti Larmi

Contact information for the course (valid 13.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Please take all the contact to

Tiia Sahrakorpi (

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Overview of basic principles of power systems
    - Basics on domestic and industrial electricity and heat consumption
    - Basics on power grids, power system stability and smart grids
    - Introduction to energy markets and economics of power generation
    - Market development of renewable energy systems (solar, wind, bio, geothermal energy)
    - Integration of renewable energy into energy systems 
    - Energy storage technologies and their utilization in power systems
    - Material issues connected to energy systems and the basic principles of life-cycle analysis
    - Nuclear energy as part of future energy solutions
    - Future issues and developments in power infrastructure and power generation business
    - How to study scientific journal articles

    A weekly external lecture series, Energy Forum, is arranged alongside with the course. Invited industry speakers present their views on the future of the energy system and on the solutions they see forthcoming. The contents of the lecture series are connected to the course via group project.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures +group project +journal article presentation +assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24h (12x2h) and 111h in Energy Forum Lectures 12h (12x1h) + home assignments 36h + individual studying and group project 63h 
    Total: 135 hours (27 hours per credit point)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides, journal papers, Energy Forum presentations

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    EEN-E1050 Renewable Energy for Community and Industry

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action