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Energy Systems Integration: An Introduction

Energy Systems Integration: An Introduction

Connect your research or business to a broader framework through energy systems

Energy Systems Integration: An Introduction | September

16/09/2019 to 13/10/2019
Duration: 4 weeks
Effort: 2 hours

About this course

Today's energy systems—those that provide us with heat, water, electricity, and transportation—must evolve to address the critical challenges associated with the rising cost of energy, the effects of climate change, and the resulting threats to our energy security. Tackling these issues requires a change in the way we think about energy.

If you want to 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.

For this course, academic experts have joined forces with world-leading industry experts to help you achieve the skills necessary to develop, plan or operate a truly integrated sustainable energy system. 

Is this course for you?

This is an advanced level course designed for researchers, business executives and policymakers. However, anyone interested in the subject can follow the course and learn more about energy system integration.

It is considered an advantage to have a basic knowledge of either:

  • Energy technology: conversion principles, electricity generation types, battery storage, electric transport
  • Energy policy and markets
  • Demand response, consumer behaviour

How does the course boost your career?

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.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • 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.

Teaching methods and materials

The MOOC on Energy Systems Integration is a self-paced modular online course consisting of 5 modules, each containing 6 video lessons by academic experts and 2 real-life case studies by industry experts. Each video lesson is followed by a series of short assessments that allow self-verification of the lesson’s learning outcomes.

Course experts

Mark O’Malley

Chief Scientist, Energy Sytems Integration

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Beth Larose

General Manager of Energy Consulting

General Electric


William D’haeseleer

Professor of Energy Systems Engineering

KU Leuven University

Sonya Twohig

Head of Operations


Johan Driesen

Professor of Power Systems Engineering

KU Leuven University

Peter Van Den Heede

Head of Sales Council



Ben Kroposki

Center Director, Power Systems Engineering

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mark McGranaghan

Vice President, Power Delivery and Utilization

Electric Power Research Institute

Linda Steg

Professor of Environmental Psychology

University of Groningen

Michiel Van Dam

Distributed Systems Operator Architect


Goda Perlaviciute

Assistant professor Environmental psychology​

University of Groningen

Thijs Bouman

Postdoctoral Researcher​

University of Groningen

Steph Johnson Zawadzki

PhD candidate 

 University of Groningen