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Cursus: GEO4-2522
Energy in the Built Environment
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Studiepunten (EC)7,5
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
The objectives of this course is to understand potential impact of emerging technologies in the built environment such as distributed energy resources, demand-side management, smart grid technologies as well as integration issues. After successfully completing the course, the students are expected to be able to:
1.            explain the context in which emerging technologies and concepts in the built environment are employed, and how different technologies can be integrated;
2.            get experience with and apply programming and optimisation tools to solve a computer practical assignment addressing energy management in buildings, energy grids at district level, energy markets, performance of distributed energy resources, and energy storage optimisation;
3.            and to report their results and findings in a clear and understandable manner.

Important note: This is the last time (the academic year 2021/2022) that the course includes tutorials on Python programming. Following a recommendation by the Department’s Educational Management Team, it has been decided that the course will go through a significant redesign in the next year and the programming part will be moved to a more calculus course (to be decided by the Energy Science programme leaders).
As over half of the human population will live in an urban environment in the near future, management of energy supply and demand will become essential. Developments such as transformation of the electricity grid from a centralised to a decentralised system as well as potential phase-out of natural gas use and electrification of mobility will change the current urban energy landscape.
In this course the following topics are addressed:
  • how to generate electricity in the urban environment using solar energy integrated in building envelopes, and combined heat and power (CHP) systems
  • how to integrate electric mobility in the electricity grid
  • how to optimise energy supply and demand in smart grids
Technologies and concepts to be included in the course:
  • Energy efficiency in buildings;
  • Smart Grid;
  • Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Buildings Energy Management;
  • Demand Side Management (DSM), new loads and increase in the share of electricity in the overall energy consumption (smart charging of Electric Vehicles (EV), heat-pumps and power-to-heat in the built environment);
  • Distributed generation (photovoltaic (PV) systems, building integrated PV systems (BiPV), urban wind energy and combined heat and power (CHP) systems for distributed, residential applications;
  • Energy storage (distributed energy storage systems for buildings applications, underground thermal energy storage in the built environment, power-to-gas as a seasonal storage technology).
In addition, also policy and regulation, and cost and climate impact issues will be addressed.
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