Programme

The Business in Energy Systems programme is a part-time programme designed to accommodate professionals who wish to combine their job with post-graduate education. The curriculum takes about two years, which includes twelve three-day classroom sessions in Delft. More information about the practical planning of the programme can be found in the ‘Dates and study load’ section.

The participants follow course modules that include lectures, assignments and examinations, perform an advisory project at a company and write and defend a thesis. Including preparatory and follow-up exercises, the five modules are designed to allow the participants to explore all relevant topics in relation to their own professional context, guided by the module managers. Get to know them in the ‘Key players’ section.

Markets & Policies module

What does the energy market look like and which transition is going on? The energy market is complex with different actors in a global, European and national environment. This module frames the complex regulatory and political environment and the impact of financial markets and tradable commodity markets on energy efficiency, renewable energy and emission reduction projects. After this module participants will be able to relate local developments in the energy market to the worldwide energy framework and understand how markets and policies interact. During the module, three assignments are handed out which include the writing of a business plan, analyzing a commodity market, writing an essay about a topic of interest. Literature and lecture material which the module is based on comprises of:
- Screw business as usual. Richard Branson
- The IEAs World Energy Outlook 2011
- Re-inventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions  for the New Energy Era, Rocky Mountains Institute
- The Economics of Carbon: investment decisions and bottom line. Max Horstink, Jan-Willem Bode

Use & Efficiency module

What is energy used for in society, which energy systems are available and what is their efficiency? As part of this module, participants will perform a thorough analysis of the energy use and saving potential of a system. They will learn to make a technical energy assessment of a system and to translate this into energy efficiency and energy reduction measures. It is expected that the participant possesses basic knowledge of thermodynamics and mathematics. Literature and lecture material which the module is based on comprises of:
- Introduction to Energy Analysis. Kornelis Blok
- Energy for a Sustainable World. N.Amaroli, V. Balzani
- Technological learning in the Energy Sector. Martin Junginger, Wilfried van Sark.

Sources & Systems module

What energy sources are used, what sustainable energy sources are in development and how do they work together in a sustainable energy system? What is the role of decentralized production and how can the costs and benefits of different energy sources be quantified? This module gives participants the technical knowledge and skills to assess technical installations on a systems level. They will also learn how these systems interact. The literature and lecture material comprises of:
- Energy for a Sustainable World. N.Amaroli, V. Balzani
- Technological learning in the Energy Sector. Martin Junginger, Wilfried van Sark.
- Power balancing in autonomous renewable systems. A.M. van Voorden

Business & Strategy module

Making a business case and a strategy for a company requires a combination of operational management, forecasts of implications on an operational level and a clear view of all influences like permits and finance. In this module these aspects will be explained culminating in the design and implementation of an energy strategy for the participant’s home organisation.

Advisory Project

The energy advisory project is an integral part of the programme. Working in groups, the participants tackle real-life problems related to the energy transition at a host organisation. The report of the findings and solutions is presented to its management. This project integrates the knowledge of the four theoretical modules and forces participants to apply the knowledge and insights gained during the four modules within a short timeframe in a commercial setting. Participants are given the opportunity to function in an environment other than their own.
The educational method includes the before mentioned real-life problems which are addressed at a host organization. The assignment is to document the project in a report which will be presented to a panel.

Thesis

The thesis integrates all elements – technological, financial, markets, business – in the context of a rapidly changing and paradigm shifting energy system. It is an individual assignment that focusses on solving a specific energy problem in a sustainable way. The thesis will need to be innovative and academic; the subject may be relevant to the participant’s organisation or can contribute to the ongoing researches of the Green Village. Final examination consists of an assessment of the thesis and defending the work during a presentation against the examination board of specialists from universities and industry.