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SH2706 Sustainable Energy Transformation Technologies 9.0 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SH2706 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In the initial stage of the course all the major known energy transformation technologies will be shortly described. The main purpose will be to explain the principles of operation of such technologies, their advantages and disadvantages, required natural resources, availability of such resources, as well as the future potential and main challenges. (3 lectures)

In the second stage, the energy transformation systems that are today employed on a commercial scale will be described in a more detail, including presentations of their designs and their major components. (5 lectures)

The third part of the course will deal with application of conservation and thermodynamic laws to analyze the systems. In particular, energy, entropy and exergy balances will be demonstrated and their consequences will be discussed. (7 lectures, 3 exercises)

The fourth and the last part of the course will be devoted to analyses of various important aspects and parameters of the systems, such as: environmental effects, economy, life-cycle, sustainability, reliability and safety. (7 lectures, 2 exercises)

Intended learning outcomes

After completion of the course the students will be able to:

  • Explain principles of operation for various currently known energy transformation technologies.
  • Explain principles of design and describe major components of commercially operating energy transformation systems.
  • Make balances of energy, entropy and exergy of such systems.
  • Analyze major environmental effects of such systems.
  • Perform simplified economic analyses of such systems.
  • Explain principles of performing life-cycle analyses of such systems.
  • Compare the systems with each-other as far as sustainability, reliability, economy and safety are concerned.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

BSc level with a background that corresponds to completed courses in thermodynamics (9 ECTS), heat transfer (6 ECTS) and fluid mechanics (6 ECTS).

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

BSc level with a background that corresponds to completed courses in thermodynamics (9 ECTS), heat transfer (6 ECTS) and fluid mechanics (6 ECTS).


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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


  • TEN1 - Written exam, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Home assignments, 3.0 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed grade on the Exam (6 ECTS) and the home assignments (3 ECTS)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination



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.

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Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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