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ME2083 Hydropower- Technology, Economy, Sustainability 7.5 credits

The importance of hydropower for the energy supply is increasing in many countries. It is an important contribution to a sustainable energy system and its balancing capacity is getting crucial as more intermittent electricity production like wind and sun power is connected to the grids.

In Sweden hydropower is almost half of the electricity production. Few new hydropower plants are built but many of the old ones, big as well as small, are renovated and upgraded. The situation in Europe is similar to the Swedish but in Africa, Asia and South America many new hydropower plants are built. At the same time the demands from the local environment are increasing.

The course gives a broad introduction to hydropower, its technology, economy and sustaina­bility. Lecturing are well-known specialists in different subject areas from six departments at KTH, and from energy and consultancy companies. Via the course web, more detailed information can be found in a course instruction.


About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

Target group

Elective for all programmes from study year 3.

Part of programme

Degree Programme in Electrical Engineering, åk 3, Conditionally Elective


P3 (7.5 hp)


16 Jan 2024
15 Mar 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Min: 10

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students


Vladimir Kutcherov (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus ME2083 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

See the course syllabus.

Course contents

Main focus is on how the hydrological conditions decide physical and technical design and operation of hydro electric power stations as well as their economic and environmental consequences. The course includes several different subject areas, which are treated more in-depth in other courses that are offered by the departments that cooperate in this course.

The course is divided into four modules:

Module 1: Introduction

Module 2: The technical preconditions of the hydro electric power and its solutions

Module 3: Economic aspects on hydroelectric power

Module 4: Sustainability and sustainable solutions connected to hydroelectric power

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the hydroelectric power in the energy system both in Sweden and internationally
  2. Compare the design of dams, power stations and mechanical, electric and electronic equipment
  3. Analyse new and innovative technical solutions for design, operation and regulation of hydroelectric power plants
  4. Formulate and analyse the economic preconditions for and the consequences of hydroelectric power
  5. Analyse and critically discuss the environmental impact of the hydroelectric power and the judicial preconditions for hydroelectric power
  6. Choose and analyse a current problem connected to the hydroelectric power industry

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Achieved the requirements for a Degree of Bachelor of Science

Recommended prerequisites

None in addition to the specific prerequisites




Course literature will be announced at the start of the course

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

There are modules with compulsory attendance in the course.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

See the course syllabus.

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

Decided by the examiner.


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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment, Industrial Management

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

See the course and program directory.


Vladimir Kutcherov (