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Learn how to make the transition to 100% renewable energy from wind, solar and biomass for electricity, heat and fuels for a sustainable future.

A transition to sustainable energy is needed for our climate and welfare. In this engineering course, you will learn how to assess the potential for energy reduction and the potential of renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass. You'll learn how to integrate these sources in an energy system, like an electricity network and take an engineering approach to look for solutions and design a 100% sustainable energy system.

This course is an introduction to the Master Programme Sustainable Energy Technology at TU Delft and is aimed at Bachelor students from science and engineering disciplines.

What you'll learn

  • Assess energy use and the potential for energy reduction for transport, industry and buildings
  • Calculate the potential attribution of different sources of renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass and how to integrate them in an energy system
  • Design a plan for a 100% sustainable energy system
Winner of the edX Prize 2016

TU Delft Professor Arno Smets, the instructor of this MOOC, won the first-ever edX Prize for his exceptional contributions in online teaching and learning.


Course Syllabus

Week 1: Definition of Energy Use
The use of energy in transport, building and manufacturing.

Week 2: Generation of Renewable Energy
How much can you generate from all the different sources?

Week 3: Energy Balances
How can you analyse energy and what are the climate effects?

Week 4: Policies for Sustainable Energy
How to stimulate the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency?

Week 5: Wind Energy
Technologies to generate energy from wind

Week 6: Solar Energy
Technologies to generate Energy with photovoltaic systems

Week 7: Biomass
Technologies to generate energy from biomass

Week 8: Electrical Power System
How to integrate renewable energy in de Electrical Power System

Week 9: Storage
How to store energy?

Additional Instructors

Kornelis Blok
Professor of Energy Analysis (Technology, Policy & Management)

Laurens de Vries
Associate Professor Restructured Electricity Markets (Technology, Policy & Management)

Carlos Ferreira
Associate Processor Wind Turbine Aerodynamics (Aerospace Engineering)

Ruud van Ommen
Professor Dispersed Multiphase Reactors (Applied Sciences)

Wiebren de Jong
Biomass (Mechanical Engineering)

Laura Ramirez
Assistant Professor (Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science)

Bernard Dam
Professor Materials for Sustainable Energy (Applied Sciences)

Pavol Bauer
Professor of Energy Conversion (Electrical Sustainable Energy)


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This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that runs on EdX.


Knowledge of high-school level of physics (mechanics, thermodynamics) and mathematical skills, such as integration and differentiation, are preferred.

  • Starts: Anytime (Self-Paced)
  • Free | Earn certificate for $62
  • Group fee: contact us
  • Length: Self-Paced
  • Effort: 6 - 8 hours per week / 9 weeks

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