MJ3384 Environomical Pathways 5.0 credits

Termodynamisk optimering av energisystem

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P3 (2.5 credits), P4 (2.5 credits)

  • Application code


  • Start date


  • End date


  • Language of instruction


  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time


  • Form of study


  • Number of places

    No limitation

Intended learning outcomes

The course has the aim of describing the tools and procedures useful to develop:

  • exergy, thermo-economic, environomic analysis
  • thermo-economic and environomic oprimization
  • of complex energy systems.

During the course, each student has to develop the analysis and/or optimization of an energy system of relevance to the PhD research.

Intended Learning Outcomes

After the end of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Develop an exergy analysis of a complex energy system
  • Develop a thermo-economic analysis of a complex energy system (with cost accounting)
  • Develop a thermo-economic optimization analysis of a complex energy system
  • Develop a environomic optimization analysis of a complex energy system

Course main content

The exergy, thermo-economic and environomic analysis are useful methodologies for understanding the potential for improvement of a complex energy system. With these methodologies, objectives of thermodynamic analysis can be considered while taking into account those constraints posed by economy and environmental sustainability.

These tools are complemented by procedures of mathematical optimization of the systems, with objective functions related to thermodynamic, economy and environmental preservation.

The aim of the course is to describe such methodologies, and to apply them to the energy systems developed by each student during his PhD study.


Doctoral student who is admitted to postgraduate education

  • Basics of thermodynamics and heat transfer
  • Basics of economy


The proposed reading materials are:

Notes of the course, provided by the Course Responsible.

Bejan A., Tsatsaronis G., Moran M., Thermal Design and Optimization, Wiley Interscience, 1996

Some papers from international journals, suggested by the Course Responsible

A series of video-recording of some lectures, recorded by the Course Responsible

The most recent edition of the course literature is posted on the course’s homepage at least four weeks before the course starts.


  • INL1 - Hand in exercise, 5.0, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

The students will be examined with a pass or fail (P/F) criteria, based on the following:

  • Attendance to 75% of the lectures
  • Preparation of a Research Paper on the topic of the course ready to be submitted to an international scientific journal (ISI Journal), within a deadline discussed with the Course Responsible.

Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology


Viktoria Martin <viktoria.martin@energy.kth.se>

Supplementary information

All lectures may be followed online through Abode Connect platform, the link to the course sessions will be given to the students prior to the start of the course.

As the course is offered in Remote Learning, the necessary equipment are a computer and a internet connection for distance learning.


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