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Delft University of Technology

Technology of Intelligent and Integrated Energy Systems

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This course will teach you how to design an integrated energy system considering various existing and up-and-coming technologies, such as renewable energy sources, energy storage, electric vehicles, thermal systems and interconnected multi-carrier grids, including natural gas and hydrogen. A special emphasis is placed on exploiting the synergies between different technologies in intelligent ways, to help the transition of the energy sector from fossil fuels to sustainable sources of energy. Intelligent operation and control are considered in this course as an essential part of the design. Learners apply the knowledge in an open-ended design project to see how they can use their newly gained skills to create a sustainable future for their city/neighborhood/ building.

This course has been developed by experts from TU Delft with decades of research experience and covers the key energy technologies and their synergies. The academic concepts are complemented with industry perspectives presented by guest experts from energy-related companies.

This course is aimed at professionals in the energy industry who want to broaden their perspective and discover the opportunities and benefits that accrue from synergies between different energy technologies and digital intelligence in an integrated energy system. Likely to benefit most are people in roles such as energy system designer, engineering project manager, power system planner, heating grid planner, system integration engineer, electric mobility infrastructure planner, etc. The key sectors to use this knowledge are grid operators, energy producers, energy suppliers, mobility system providers and operators, thermal system providers, energy technology startups and energy consultancy.


Module 1: Grid Integration of Renewables
You will learn how to integrate renewable energy sources into the electricity grid. Specifically:

  • Grid challenges and control for renewable integration into the grid
  • Power electronics for the integration of renewables
  • Ancillary services using renewables
  • Role of microgrids and multi-terminal HVDC
  • Industry perspective on Grid Integration of Renewables

Module 2: Energy Storage in the Integrated Energy System
You will learn how to integrate intelligently and control energy storage and use demand side management. Specifically:

  • Importance of short- and long-term storage
  • Existing and future technologies for energy storage
  • Use of demand flexibility
  • Coordination of multiple storage resources
  • Power2X2Power (through hydrogen, ammonia, methane)
  • Industry perspective on Integrated Energy Storage

Module 3: Smart Charging and Integration of Electric
You will learn how to use intelligence and integration in the transition to electric mobility and the crucial role of smart charging and vehicle-to-grid. Specifically:

  • Challenges and opportunities for integrating electric vehicles into the electricity grids
  • Smart charging of EVs, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) support and ancillary services
  • Well-to-wheel emission of electric vehicles
  • Solar charging of electric vehicles
  • Industry perspective on Smart Charging of EV

Module 4: Integration of Thermal Energy Systems
You will learn about intelligent control and integration of thermal energy in the energy system. Specifically:

  • Trends and opportunities in sustainable heating
  • Thermal demand and thermal energy sources
  • Intelligent control of heat pumps
  • Thermal energy storage
  • Heating and cooling grids
  • Industry perspective on Sustainable District Heating Networks

Module 5: Multi-carrier Energy Grid Integration
You will learn how to integrate different energy systems into one multi-carrier energy system. Specifically:

  • Intelligent planning and operation of multi-energy systems
  • Energy conversion technologies for multi-carrier systems
  • Modeling of multi-energy systems and model resolution
  • Using power-to-gas conversion for system support
  • Industry perspective on Integrated Energy System Planning

Module 6: Project on Designing an Integrated Energy System - In this module, learners apply the knowledge they’ve gained on technology integration and its intelligent use to design their own energy systems for the future

Taught by

Milos Cvetkovic, Gautham Ram and Ivo Pothof


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