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MJ2436 Decentralized Smart Energy Systems in a Global Energy System 6.0 credits

The project course Decentralized Smart Energy Systems in a Global Energy System- Project work covers knowledge in both technology and application areas. Students are expected to suggest solutions, services and methods to meet the specific challenges. The solutions consist of development of scientific, technical and non-technical strategies, combined with a systematic analysis that includes the social, environmental, political and business outcome.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2436 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This is a Project Work in energy and environmental technology, including financial, business and entrepreneurial aspects.

The challenge based module offered in DENSYS curriculum relies on learning by solving a challenging problem anchored in “real life”, i.e. arising from a local context (district level, city level, among others). The challenge topics are related to the design and management of decentralized energy systems including energy conversion and storage technology that belong to "key technologies in decentralized smart energy systems".

The project course complements and is a direct continuation of the courses taught in energy conversion, energy use, power plant technology and grid systems in year 1. The technological aspect includes renewable energy, systems analysis, environmental and ecology economics, innovative business models for energy systems with emphasis on the synergy and on the decentralized smart energy systems of the future.

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Assess the needs and formulate research question in the energy topic linked to the society.
  2. Identify energy system technologies as well as their advantages, disadvantages and limitations
  3. Calculate efficiencies, optimization potential in decentralized energy systems and evaluate economic aspects for energy system solutions.
  4. Present orally and in a synthetic report assessing different energy integration solutions in decentralized energy systems.

Other skill evaluated in this course: the ability to work on an international team.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Knowledge in thermodynamics, heat transfer and applied energy or equivalent course
MJ1112 "Applied Thermodynamics",
MJ1401 "Heat transfer"
MJ2411 "Renewable Energy Technology"

Recommended prerequisites

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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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project (final report), 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 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.

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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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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Course web MJ2436

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Ning-Wei Chiu (