Master programme

Energy systems

Course Description

The focus of the course is on power and heat/cold generation based on the available waste and renewable energy sources. First the concepts of energy, entropy, enthalpy and exergy are introduced and related to physical laws, then principles of thermodynamics are discussed by means of thermodynamic coordinates and mathematical transformation to suitable dimensions for analysis tools. Balance equations are formulated to describe the change of a thermodynamic variable driven by external actions. Complex (combined) energy systems, composed of (sustainable) heat sources coupled to mechanical systems, are analyzed and optimized subsequently with the use of thermodynamic tools. Strategies for analysis and optimization are introduced. The thermodynamic insight and the use of the tools are applied and trained in exercise classes.

Learning Objectives: 
After the course student is:

1. Familiar with thermodynamics related to power and heat/cold generation

2. Able to recognize and use different energy sources, with focus on waste and renewable energy, for power/heat/cold generation

3. Able to assess the thermodynamic characteristic of a heat source

4. Able to select the most appropriate power and heat/cold cycle based on a given (sustainable) energy source

5. Skilled in making simplifications and assumptions necessary to perform a simplified analysis of the system

6. Able to calculate the energy flow/exchange in the system’s elements

7. Able to model a power generation cycle, based on sustainable energy sources, and calculate its operational performance

8. Skilled in the use of thermodynamic data programs for the system analysis/design

9. Able to point out the bottle neck parameters in the design of thermodynamic cycles

10. Skilled in the optimization of design parameters and compositions

11. Skilled in writing technical report for specialist in the field

Prior knowledge: basic mathematics, partial derivatives and algebraic manipulation.




Credits (ECTS)



Contactpersoon A.K. Pozarlik, dr. G.G.M. Stoffels


Lecturer A.K. Pozarlik