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Renewable Energy Systems


Admission requirements

This course is obligatory for students of the master’s programme Industrial Ecology.
High school knowledge of thermodynamics, chemistry, physics and electricity is assumed. For more details, see:


Renewable energy and sustainability are hot topics in public debate. How can we try to answer questions such as: Can wind mills replace the production of coal power stations? How can we reduce CO2 emissions? Can we survive on renewable energy? In this course, you will obtain the basic knowledge and skills to address such questions.

The course provides an introduction to technical and societal aspects of renewable energy (RE). Topics include: – different types of renewable energy sources; – the usage of these types of energy in buildings, industry and transport; – general principles and methods of RE conversion and integration; – fundamental and practical limitations of RE technologies; – market, policy and moral perspectives on RE technologies;

Course objectives

After completion of this course: – you have a basic understanding of energy sources and energy systems; – you can explain the general mechanisms of a range of renewable energy technologies; – you can perform basic calculations to give a quantitative analysis of the efficiency, sustainability and viability of RE options; – you can discuss technical, strategic and societal perspectives of renewable energy.


See schedules and blackboard TU Delft

Mode of instruction

Lectures, exercises and self-study. The lectures will be given by researchers and professionals who specialize in various topics related to renewable energy (RE) and sustainability.

Assessment method

Written exam (‘closed book’).


The lecturer communicates via blackboard TU Delft.

Reading list

The main textbook is “Sustainable Energy – Without the Hot Air” by David Mackay, which is available at http:// In addition, we will use the book “Introduction to Energy Analysis” by Kornelis Blok. Additional course materials for specific topics will be provide online or on Blackboard TU Delft.


All students have to enroll for course and exam at the start of the course via uSis, Leiden University. For classnumbers see here or here.

Students who are not enrolled to the master’s programme Industrial Ecology have to ask permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology at least one month before start of the course by use of this form.

Contact information

Mrs. dr. H.H.Hansen


More information and the description of the course is published in the e-studyguide of TU Delft.