MJ2404 Energy Conversion Systems 6.0 credits


The course energy Conversion Systems covers a wide area of technological content in a compact arrangement and provides a summary of the most important system aspects as well as the guiding design principles of conventional and future electrical grids and solutions for energy conversion and power generation of all application areas. The main focus is on classical thermodynamics and thermal power plats, as well as their synergy with renewable energy sources and applied electrical engineering. A review is provided at a system level with a deeper insight in selected technological areas.

  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Mechanical Engineering
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Autumn 19 for programme students

Spring 20 for programme students CANCELLED

  • Periods

    Spring 20 P3 (3.0 credits), P4 (3.0 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

  • Course responsible

    Peter Hagström <peter.hagstrom@energy.kth.se>

Intended learning outcomes

After a successfully completed course the students would be able to: 

  • Identify the components and draw the conceptual schematic layout of thermal power cycles and other technological solutions for state-of-art power generation facilities;
  • Assess the operational conditions and estimate the design parameters of existing or newly constructed energy conversion systems based on various technological solutions, both large-scale plants and small-scale distributed generation units;
  •  Calculate the efficiency factors and evaluate the potential for further optimization;
  • Evaluate the feasibility of hybrid solutions and the synergy potential of various blends of energy conversion techniques;   
  • Estimate the potential role of energy storage processes and assess the optimum one for a particular application, together with the relevant electrical engineering hardware;
  •  Valorize the economy aspects and produce a simplified project budget for innovative solutions in the field of thermal power and electrical engineering.  

Course main content

The proposed course Energy Conversion Systems treats the subject areas of applied thermodynamics, energy technology and electrical power engineering, in particular the theoretical principles and the practical design aspects of various technologies for heat and power generation. A wide focus of both conventional and renewable energy systems is provided, including electrical engineering aspects and monitoring or control processes, primarily in view of possibilities for system integration together with the enormous potential for synergies and innovations. Technical solutions are discussed in a systems’ perspective with a closer view on vital application areas.   

The specific technological overview is focused primarily on the following fields:

-          Thermal power cycles and power plants (steam cycles, gas cycles, combined cycles);

-          Direct energy conversion methods, niche technologies, fuel cells and their integration with conventional power plants;

-          Mainstream renewable energy sources and their integration in the power system;

-          Energy storage technologies and the solutions they offer for integration with contemporary and future power systems;

-          Electrical generators and power electronics, and their role in both large-scale and small-scale solutions as well as the potential for improvements and innovations that they offer;

-          Systems monitoring, control strategies and regulation techniques.


Exercise 1, 1.0 ECTS, Pass/Fail
Exercise 2, 1.0 ECTS, Pass/Fail
Mid-term Exam 1 / Partial Exam, 2.0 ECTS, graded A-F
Mid-term Exam 2 / Partial Exam, 2.0 ECTS, graded A-F



Course literature and suggested reading will be listed in the course syllabus.


  • KON1 - Partial exam, 2.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • KON2 - Partial exam, 2.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 1.0, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Exercise, 1.0, grading scale: P, F

Exercise 1, 1.0 ECTS, Pass/Fail 
Exercise 2, 1.0 ECTS, Pass/Fail 
Mid-term Exam 1 / Partial Exam, 2.0 ECTS, graded A-F 
Mid-term Exam 2 / Partial Exam, 2.0 ECTS, graded A-F

Requirements for final grade

All parts of the course need to be passed

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Peter Hagström <peter.hagstrom@energy.kth.se>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2019.
Examination information valid from: Autumn 2019.