Minor Sustainable Energy Technology
Technische Universiteit Delft
The European Union has set mandatory targets of 20 percent more renewable energy by 2020, and carbon neutral electric energy by 2050. Making use of renewable carbon-free and low-carbon energy resources like wind, wave, solar and biomass will be necessary to meet these targets. Massive growth in electric forms of transportation is also anticipated, which means extra growth in electricity demand.
Exploiting renewable resources will introduce changes to the location and size of the electric generation fleet. Increasingly, electricity will in the future be produced by a great number of small electric power generating units which are dispersed over large areas, instead of a few centralized units. Those distributed generators will be connected to the low voltage and medium voltage networks, and transmission grid (bulk generation) which distribute the electric power to the customers. This new configuration presents a challenge to traditional methods of control and management of both distribution and transmission system.
The minor enables the students to acquire a good insight into fundamental aspects concerning technical, economic, social, and environmental issues associated to the exploitation of renewable energy sources and its integration into electrical power systems. To this aim, the minor offers a set of compulsory and elective courses that introduce the basics and tools relevant to the study of the working principle, modelling, design, construction, simulation, interconnection, and operation of sustainable energy systems. Besides, the compulsory projects of the minor allow the students to apply their knowledge and develop practical skills in a multidisciplinary context and project team.
Omvang 30 ECT / 6 maanden