Electrical Sustainable Energy Systems

Electrical power systems worldwide are undergoing a major transformation as a consequence of the transition towards the widespread use of clean and sustainable energy sources. Basically, this involves massive technological upgrades in the generation fleet, the transmission network, and the distribution systems. This change constitutes a huge engineering challenge and demands for education of highly skilled and motivated young engineers to implement new policies and methods for intelligent system operation and planning.

The Electrical Sustainable Energy Systems (ESES) minor presents the students with a comprehensive insight into the fundamental aspects related to electrical power generation from renewable energy sources, the principles of electric power conversion and storage, energy efficiency, reliability, and intelligent grid management. To this aim, the minor offers a set of theoretical and project based courses that allow the students to learn from the scratch, exercise, and apply the acquired knowledge in near-real-world problems, as well as to develop practical skills in a multidisciplinary context.

Intended for

The minor is open to all students who have successfully completed the second year of a BSc programme at TU Delft or equivalent level at other universities. Students must have background in calculus, linear algebra, elementary physics, and elementary chemistry.

After completing ESES Minor, the students acquire good insight into the basic principles of the components and the operation of an interconnected electrical sustainable power system. This is relevant for students interested in pursuing a master programme related to this area. Please note that attending and completing ESES Minor does not entail a guarantee an admission in master programmes such as Electrical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Technology and the European Wind Energy Master.

The maximum number of students for this minor is 50.

Learning objectives

  • Provide simple physical tools to estimate the potential of renewable energy sources in reference to electric power supply.
  • Analysis of the performance of systems for transmission, distribution, and storage of electrical energy.
  • Design on paper of a renewable system powered by solar and wind energy.
  • Design of smart grid solutions for sustainability problems.


Introduction to Electrical Power Engineering part 1 ET3365TU D1, 3 ECTS
Basic principles of electrical power engineering such as DC and AC circuit analysis, principles of electrical machines and power electronics.

Introduction to Electrical Power Engineering part 2 ET3365TU D2, 3 ECTS
Familiarization with basic notions and mathematical tools for the analysis of local (i.e. device level) and system wide performance (i.e. large scale interconnected system) of electrical sustainable power grids.

Solar Energy ET3034TU, 3 ECTS
This course introduces the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. 

Sustainable Energy Technologies EE3105TU, 3 ECTS
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. In addition, energy balances and energy policies will be discussed.

Project Design of Sustainable Energy Supply ET3036TU, 6 ECTS
A multidisciplinary team, you will design the renewable energy based supply system, storage, and intelligent operation of a micro-grid.

Project Integrating Renewable Energy ET3037TU, 6 ECTS
In this practical course you will learn how PV modules and fuel cells work, how the power output from PV modules can be maximized and how solar electricity can drive water splitting.

Fundamentals of wind energy I AE3516-I, 3 ECTS
In this course, you will learn about the key disciplines and steps involved when developing offshore wind farms, from choosing the wind turbine to estimating the power produced, calculating costs and planning deployment. You will also learn about new emerging concepts in the field.

Energy Efficiency EE3110TU, 3 ECTS
The course teaches analysing and improving the energy efficiency of processes and infrastructure. Tools such as benchmarking or auditing are exercised. 

Reliability of Sustainable Power Systems EE3065TU, 3 ECTS
Assessment of the impact of different types of uncertainties (e.g. wind speed, failure rates) on the security of supply based on different methods belonging to the intriguing world of probability theory. 

Agent-based Energy Markets EE3060TU, 3 ECTS
The focus is on balancing supply and demand in future smart energy systems, with respect to uncertain renewable energy sources and supply-driven demand. This is handled by means of ICT and market approaches. Important topics are power system economics, multi-agent systems, and ICT techniques, especially with respect to automated allocation and market mechanisms for energy systems.

For students of BSc Electrical engineering:

Compulsory courses ECTS  Q
EE3105TU Sustainable Energy Technologies  1
EE3065TU Reliability of Sustainable Power Systems      3  1
ET3037TU Project Integrating Renewable Energy 6  1
ET3034TU Solar Energy 3  2
EE3060TU Agent-based energy markets  3  2
AE3516-I Introduction to Offshore Wind Energy 3  2
ET3036TU Project Design of sustainable energy supply 6  2
EE3110TU Energy Efficiency 3  2

For students of other BSc programs:
Compulsory courses ECTS  Q
ET3365TU D1 Introduction to Electrical Power Engineering part 1 3  1
EE3105TU Sustainable Energy Technologies 3  1
ET3037TU Project Integrating Renewable Energy 6  1
ET3365TU D2 Introduction to Electrical Power Engineering part 2 3  2
ET3034TU Solar Energy 3  2
ET3036TU Project Design of sustainable energy supply 6  2
Electives (select 6 ECTS) ECTS  Q
EE3065TU Reliability of Sustainable Power Systems  1
AE3516-I Fundamentals of wind energy I 3  2
EE3060TU            Agent-based energy markets 3  2
EE3110TU Energy Efficiency 3  2

More information

Dr.ing. J.L. Rueda Torres
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Section Electrical Power Systems
+31 15 27 86239