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The aim of the course is to create an understanding of the development and dynamics of energy systems, and how policy instruments (related to e.g. climate-change mitigation and other sustainable development issues) influence the design and operation of energy systems. The course emphasizes socio-technological factors that affect the possibilities to modify energy systems, such as physical limitations, international agreements, energy policy constraints, and organizational, technical and economical considerations. The course will also provide course participants with the opportunity to build a network with other researchers active in the energy field, as well as gaining a better understand of how their own research topic(s) relate to energy systems as a whole.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus FEG3201 (Autumn 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course takes up issues concerning the area of energy from both a technical and social science perspective such as

  • system questions with a focus on the area of energy,
  • international view within the area of energy,
  • the electricity system - plant, the network and use as well as historical growth,
  • sustainable energy system,
  • the role of lifestyle and the use of energy,
  • tesearch efforts contra private individual efforts regarding energy issues,
  • energy needs of industry, buildings and transport, energy use and structure,
  • implementation, innovations within energy technology,
  • renewable energy technology,
  • electricity and heat production, gasification etc.,
  • resource issues,
  • CO2 issues relative to the use of energy, heating and electricity production, such as CCS, JI, CDM,
  • energy policy and control measures.

Intended learning outcomes

After a completion of the course, the student shall have an understanding of

  • the energy system's development and dynamics,
  • how climate policy, taxes and other control measures impact on the design of the energy system
  • the socio-technical limitations and interdependencies that affect the possibilities of changing the energy system (for example physical limitations, international ties, political possibilities and conditions regarding energy issues, organisational, technical and economic considerations),
  • how an individual student’s research assignment can be regarded as part of a greater whole.

Course Disposition

Project assignment, written report.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is intended for Ph.D. students in electrical engineering.

Recommended prerequisites

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Vaclav Smil, “Energy at the Crossroads”.
Swedish Energy Authority, “Energy in Sweden”.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


    Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

    The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

    Other requirements for final grade

    • Approved project assignment.
    • Approved written report.

    Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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    Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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    Profile picture Mikael Amelin

    Ethical approach

    • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
    • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
    • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

    Further information

    Course web

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    Offered by

    EECS/Electric Power and Energy Systems

    Main field of study

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    Education cycle

    Third cycle

    Add-on studies

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    Mikael Amelin

    Postgraduate course

    Postgraduate courses at EECS/Electric Power and Energy Systems