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Energy Systems Integration: an introduction

Energy Systems Integration: an introduction

Make the connections, join the dots, and see the opportunities for your organisation.

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Global energy is at a tipping point. Making the shift to more sustainable models, technologies and solutions and staying ahead of the innovation game, it is imperative to see the bigger picture and understand how energy systems interact – and how your energy expertise fits within the wider framework of the global energy transition. 

This online course has been designed as an introduction to the integration and regulation of different energy systems. You will learn how energy vectors – fuels, electricity and heating – interact and how to find added value at the interfaces between them. You’ll also build insights into the ways in which energy systems connect to other infrastructures, such as data networks, water, and transportation systems. And you will learn about how consumer psychology and society have a role in building a more sustainable, reliable and cost-effective energy system. 

At the end of the course, you come away with:

  • Real understanding of energy vector coupling in real-life scenarios
  • Actionable knowledge of how energy systems interact with water, transportation and data networks 
  • Insight into the interplay between the energy consumer and energy systems
  • The tools and mindset to leverage this knowledge and add value to your organisation in a fast-evolving and competitive energy landscape.

Upon successful completion, you will be ready te enrol for our more advanced courses to delve deeper into the subject matter.

Energy Systems Integration: an introduction

What will you learn?

Energy Systems Integration: an introduction gives you the understanding and the tools to see how different systems and consumers interact, situate your own organisation in the broader framework of the global energy transition and use this knowledge to add value. Over 4 flexible weeks, you work through 6 core lessons and 2 real-world industry case studies that empower you to situate new ideas and concepts within a real-life setting. 

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to energy systems 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 
  • Conclusions, assignments and executive summary.

How will you learn?

This 4-week course is delivered entirely online to maximise flexibility and impact. You do not need to take time away from the demands of work, and you can apply new ideas, concepts and understanding in the workplace from day one. Your online learning explores the big picture in energy systems integration via:

  • Video lectures and expert interviews including transcripts
  • Self-evaluation exercises such as multiple-choice, associations or ‘fill in the blanks’
  • Relevant references that will consolidate your acquired knowledge and back your decisions after the course
  • A glossary that helps you understand technical concepts
  • A tutor with extensive experience to answer any questions you might have during the course.

Who will teach you?

Mark O’Malley
Chief Scientist, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Beth Larose
General Manager of Energy Consulting, General Electric

Lien Van Schepdael
Research Engineer, KU Leuven University

Bieke Demaeghdt
Communication Officer, InnoEnergy / EnergyVille / KU Leuven

View the expert biographies

Is it right for you?

The course has been designed for a broad diversity of professionals – executives, change leaders, researchers and individuals from any sector who understand the importance of the global energy transition, and who want to know how energy systems integration impacts your life, your business or your research. The course empowers you to discover your own potential to contribute to the exciting and fast-moving field of energy systems integration. It is thus ideal if you are a professional in the energy industry. It is also expertly designed for academics and individuals who want to deepen their understanding of energy systems integration and developments in this exciting and important field.

Ready to delve deeper?

After taking this introductory course, you would have mastered the basics of “systems thinking” and will be ready to delve deeper into more specific topics of energy systems integration. We have prepared a series of specialisation courses, delivered entirely online, about systems integration from the perspective of a certain discipline. Depending on your professional expertise, you may already have extensive knowledge in one or more of these topics, but with the tools from the introductory course, disciplines that are new to you now become accessible to understand. By taking a step back and looking at energy systems as a whole, you will be able to connect the dots between your expertise and that of others, and quickly identify the knowledge and skills you need to improve yourself and step up your contribution in the transition towards a sustainable, affordable, and reliable energy system.

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