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Energy Systems Integration: A Trend or a Revolution?

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11/11/2018

My role: Guest lecturer, content developer, and coordinator of the social science contributions to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Energy Systems Integration. 

https://www.edx.org/course/energy-system-integration-a-trend-or-a-revolution

Description of the course:

This course has been developed with the support of EIT InnoEnergy and ESIG.

Businesses and institutions all over the world face critical energy challenges. Namely: the rising cost of energy, the effects of climate change, and the resulting threats to our energy security.

If you want help identifying innovative and smart solutions, or if you're looking for new and integrated perspectives on the energy market, then this course is for you! Taking a multidisciplinary approach, this MOOC will help you understand how various energy systems interact and how you can relate your energy expertise to the wider framework of the energy transition.

Through your coursework you will meet renowned academics who have joined forces with world-leading industry experts. Together, they'll help you build the skills necessary to develop, plan, and operate a truly integrated sustainable energy system.

The course will look at energy systems from the perspective of five disciplines. The overarching value of energy systems integration, energy policy and regulation, the impact of electromobility, the future of electric power systems, and the psychology behind consumer behavior. For each of those disciplines, an experienced academic will explore six lessons, after which an industry expert will illustrate those lessons with real-life case studies.

The evolution of today’s energy landscape is complex. And we acknowledge that many more disciplines are involved. Therefore, you may consider those covered in this course as an introduction to even more specialized learning modules that will be offered in the future.

Is this course for me?
This course will benefit you if you are a professional in the energy sector or simply have a strong interest in sustainable development as an individual. You will learn to understand how energy systems integration impacts your life, your business or research, and you will discover your potential to contribute to the exciting field of energy systems integration.

What you'll learn

  • Identify the different elements of the energy system, such as power system technology, policy and regulation, energy markets, electromobility, and consumer behavior.
  • Explain (or give examples of) how each of these elements interact and contribute to energy systems integration.
  • Interpret contributions of experts from different disciplines in the energy field, from engineering and economics to behavioral science.
  • Explain your (potential) role in the framework of energy systems integration.
  • Apply systems thinking to your field of expertise.

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