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MJ2514 District heating and cooling 3.0 credits

This course will focus on the fundamental and practical aspects of design, control strategies and evaluation of todays- and future district heating and cooling systems.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Master's Programme, Energy Innovation, åk 1, RENE, Recommended

Master's Programme, Sustainable Energy Engineering, åk 1, Conditionally Elective


P4 (3.0 hp)


17 Mar 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 17 Mar 2025 programme students


Saman Gunasekara


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MJ2514 (Spring 2023–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course intends to cover basic concepts and system design that is used in district heating and cooling systems. The main advantage of a centralised system lies in the possibility to connect the system to different loads and sources. These aspects will be introduced, evaluated and discussed. System design and control strategies for both needs and sources of the system will to be discussed. Different generations of the district heating and cooling networks and their importance for supply and needs will be covered. Limitations and obstacles for existing systems, as well as existing business models will also be discussed. Different countries' specific conditions, as well as future scenarios and their consequences at design of district heating and cooling systems will also to discussed.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. Describe, on a basic level, systems and components for district heating and cooling systems. Explain the difference between older and newer generations of district heating systems.
  2. Design and assess needs and performance for district heating and cooling systems
  3. Describe limitations and impediments and their consequences for these systems, and give an account of the possibilities and challenges that the district heating and the district cooling face in the future.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Documented knowledge in Energy engineering and its applications in Built Environment, at least 18 credits, the equivalent of contents of the courses MJ2509  Energy in the built environment, 9 credits, MJ2405 Sustainable Power Generation, 9  credits, MJ2411 Renewable Energy Technology, 6 credits, MJ2413 Energy and Environment, 6 credits

Documented knowledge in English, e.g. Eng B/6. Or English 6 in an internationally recognised English language test, for example an IELTS Academic/IELTS UKVI total points of 6.5 and no section below 5.5.

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


  • PROA - Project work, 2.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • SEMA - Seminar, 0.5 credits, 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.

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 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

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Saman Gunasekara