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Energy Systems Integration: An Introduction

Discover innovative sustainable energy systems solutions and explore an integrated perspective on the energy market.

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Energy Systems Integration: An Introduction

Learn how sustainable energy systems interact and solve big energy challenges

With the rising cost of energy and the threat of climate change on energy security, the world is facing critical energy challenges. On this course, you will explore sustainable energy solutions, and build skills to develop, plan and operate an integrated sustainable energy system.

You will learn how energy systems interact and how to relate your energy expertise to the wider framework of energy transition. You’ll look at the integration and regulation of energy systems as well as the impact of electromobility, the future of electric power systems, and the psychology of consumer behaviour.

What topics will you cover?

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to energy system integration
  • Lesson 2: Coupling of energy vectors
  • Lesson 3: Coupling across geographical scales
  • Lesson 4: Coupling of regulation and control mechanisms
  • Lesson 5: Coupling of other infrastructures
  • Lesson 6: The integrated energy system: putting it all together

  • Case Study 1: GE and energy systems integration
  • Case Study 2: Renewables integration and support services

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the added value of energy systems integration
  • Identify where ESI is most valuable within the energy system
  • Describe energy systems integration with an example that includes more than one type of coupling
  • Evaluate the importance of a cost-benefit analysis for a given energy systems integration problem
  • Explore long-term benefits/drawbacks and short-term benefits/drawbacks of energy systems integration

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone with an interest in sustainable development and a basic understanding of how energy markets work. This course will also benefit professionals working in the energy sector.

Who will you learn with?

Communication Officer @ InnoEnergy/EnergyVille/KU Leuven - strong interest in energy technologies & digital learning

Hello! Engineer with a vision to succeed the transition to a decarbonised, affordable, and reliable energy system, I embrace digital learning as a tool to break silos between all disciplines involved!

Who developed the course?

EIT InnoEnergy

EIT InnoEnergy is the European company promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and education in sustainable energy.

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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