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Course module: 202100069
Course info
Course module202100069
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact M.E.T. Gerards
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Contactperson for the course M.E.T. Gerards
Lecturer M.E.T. Gerards
Examiner M.E.T. Gerards
Examiner G. Hoogsteen
prof.dr. J.L. Hurink
Academic year2022
Starting block
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  • Describe energy transition goals, challenges, and the role of electricity as an energy carrier in decarbonisation of energy systems.
  • Recognize the socio-technical complexity of energy transition.
  • Understand the principles of energy conversion efficiency and assess efficiencies of selected components.
  • Describe architectures and identify key components of electrical energy conversion systems on the examples of electric vehicles and off-grid solar systems (solar home systems and microgrids).
  • Quantify the effects of the integration of components in a microgrid.
  • Perform first-order design of a solar home system given the simplified load profile.
  • Apply decentralized control to a given microgrid setting.
  • Identify synergies and conflicting objectives in a given scenario.
Energy transition – SDG7
  • Renewables and Energy efficiency (SDG7.2 and SDG 7.3) and Energy Access (SDG 7.1)
  • Electrification trends
  • Socio-technical aspects of energy transition (in Energy Access context)
  • Challenges of the energy transition

Introduction to electrical systems
  • Electricity as energy carrier, historical development of electrical energy conversion systems, system building blocks (sources, storage, power conversion, loads)
  • Electricity grids (layered structure, top-down design, stability, security, classical control)
  • Efficiency of system components and systems
  • The role of power electronics in increasing energy efficiency

Solar PV off-grid systems
  • Electrification approaches: grid vs. microgrid. vs. standalone solar home systems
  • Off-grid components basics: PV, batteries, power conversion, appliances
  • Off-grid system design (first order)

  • E-mobility systems (charging infrastructure, system building blocks, V2G)
  • Heating systems (local heat networks, CHPs,  heat pumps)

Smart Grids – decentralized control
  • Operational control
  • Coordination
  • Prediction

Microgrids and system integration
  • Case studies
  • Synergies vs conflicting objectives
  • Incentives for cooperation 
Required materials
Recommended materials
Henry Louie, Off-Grid Electrical Systems in Developing Countries, available through .
Lecture handouts
Selected research papers
Instructional modes

Self study without assistance

Exam, Project

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