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Renewable Energy Systems


Admission requirements

This course is obligatory for students of the master’s programme Industrial Ecology.

We expect the students to have approximately high school knowledge of thermodynamics, chemistry, physics and electricity. For students with a non-technical background, it is highly recommended to study the material found here:


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 ethical perspectives on RE technologies;


Because this course is part of a joint degree between Leiden University and TU Delft, students (also guest and exchange) have to be enrolled in both universities.

All students have to enrol for the course via Brightspace, TU Delft (before the start of the course) and for the exam via uSis, Leiden University. (see:

Students who are not enrolled for the MSc Industrial Ecology, have to ask for permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology to join this course, at least one month before the start of the course.

Exchange students can only enroll for this course if their home university has an Exchange agreement with both Leiden University and TU Delft. Exchange students have to ask permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology as soon as possible, preferably six months before the start of the course.


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