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 will understand the principles of energy systems, the basics of their key components and of the interactions between them
• Students will have an overview of the role energy storage can play and how material related issues are related to the development of the energy system
• Students understand the basics of how energy systems transition and technologies diffuse and are projected into the future


Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.09.2021 - 09.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ilkka Keppo, Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course will present an introduction to the various key components and drivers of the energy system, ranging from energy end uses and low carbon energy conversion technologies to energy storage and material needs and to system wide considerations. An external lecture series, Energy Forum, is organized in parallel, to
    provide an industry view on the topics covered during the lectures. The contents of the lecture series are connected to the course via individual project.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures +group project +journal article presentation +assignments

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 24h (12x2h) and Energy Forum Lectures 12h (12x1h) +
    home assignments 9h + individual studying and individual project 90h Total: 135 hours (27 hours per credit point)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture slides, journal papers, Energy Forum presentations

Substitutes for Courses
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


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn I-II

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.