The department of Engineering Systems and Services (ESS) operates on the interface where complex systems meet engineering. Energy, mobility and ICT systems and services are continuously converging. The Department therefore contributes to Comprehensive Engineering from a systems integration perspective.
ESS analyses, models and shapes these complex systems, using cutting-edge tools such as Agent Based Simulation and Modelling, ICT-architecting, Choice Behaviour Modelling and Cost Benefit Analysis. Human behaviour, economics, law and regulation and the fact that systems recurrently impact behaviour are all taken into account.
ESS truly integrates the social sciences into systems engineering. We design system architectures and market mechanisms that enable the transition to renewable energy, sustainable mobility and ubiquitous computing.
Caspar Chorus appointed Dean of Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE)
Caspar Chorus appointed Dean of Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE).
Royal Honours for Professor Kornelis Blok
Professor Kornelis Blok, Professor of Energy Systems Analysis at the Faculty of Technology, Management and Policy (TPM), was made a Knight…
Paper published in Sustainability on the first Participatory Value Evaluation by Anatol Itten and Niek Mouter
When Digital Mass Participation Meets Citizen Deliberation: Combining Mini- and Maxi-Publics in Climate Policy-Making.
In the media
Motorway speed limits of 100 km/h largely advantageous
The maximum speed on Dutch motorways is set to be reduced to 100 km/h soon. This measure is expected to reduce nitrogen deposition to a sufficient extent in the short term to enable important construction projects to proceed. Bert van Wee, Professor of Transport Policy, has been closely monitoring the issue of speed for many years.
The hydrogen car as a crucial link in a sustainable energy system
Conventional cars that run on fossil fuels no longer meet today’s needs, certainly not in view of the Dutch government’s target of being CO₂ neutral by 2050. A combination of hydrogen cars and battery electric vehicles, are the way forward as stated by the TPM researcher Samira Farahani. She and other researchers at TU Delft are working on Professor Ad van Wijk’s concept of the 'Car as a power plant' (CaPP).
Defossilising chemical industry: from molecule to large-scale system integration
90% of raw materials used today in the EU chemical industry are still from fossil origin. The energy transition therefore has far-stretching implications for chemical companies. The industry will need to replace its traditional energy sources for sustainable ones. This need is especially urgent in the Netherlands as it is striving to become CO2 neutral by the year 2050. TU Delft initiated the e-Refinery initiative to contribute to finding technical solutions in defossilising chemical industry. Prof. Andrea Ramirez Ramirez, researcher at the fac
Safe and secure data marketplaces for innovation
Data-driven business models are a key engine of our digitised society. To achieve data-driven innovation, it is important that companies also share data. Examples include sharing data with competitors in order to understand changes in consumer behaviour or with partners to enable smarter deliveries of goods. Various open data marketplaces already exist, but struggle to take off and often fail to progress beyond the pilot phase.
BEHAVE: Moral choice models for humans and AI
BEHAVE is a research program that aims to develop and empirically test new models of moral decision making.
Improving the efficiency of Customs inspections in the logistics supply chain
In the years ahead, Customs at Schiphol airport and the Port of Rotterdam are set to have a lot of work on their hands. In the next five years, the huge growth in e-commerce and the imminent Brexit will lead to an increase from 160 million to 500 million in the number of Customs declarations passing through these major logistics hubs of Europe. This massive increase calls for smart ways of working in order to guarantee efficient risk analysis and cut costs in processing Customs import declarations.
Laboratory for testing the impacts of electricity market policies