• A
  • A
  • A
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • ABC
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
  • А
Regular version of the site

The Future of Energy

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
2 year, 1 module


Course Syllabus


The course is based on prominent energy research outcomes, as well as analytical and strategic documents from energy companies and government agencies. Theoretical concepts are illustrated with real-life case studies. The course director and invited experts provide a combination of different perspectives: policy, engineering (technology), economic and management. Lectures are designed to provide background knowledge, explain theoretical concepts, offer methodological support, as well as to give a global and cross-country perspectives. The interactive lectures allow discussing the material with students. Students are encouraged to share their reflections on the approaches introduced at lectures and in the literature, and apply this knowledge by tackling real-life case-studies. The course literature includes theoretical and methodological publications, strategic national and corporate documents, and outlooks of international organizations. This elective course is delivered in one module. There are no study pre-requisites.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Provide students with basic knowledge of energy systems, their key elements, and their future design (outlook)
  • Explain and provide examples of the main methods used in energy technology foresight
  • Explain and provide examples of the key energy policy tools and best practices, with a particular focus on science, technology and innovation in the energy industry
  • Develop the abilities to identify, collect and interpret data and information on energy systems for evidence-based decision-making
  • Develop the abilities for foresee the changes in the energy industry and energy policy
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Applied policy analysis for national, regional, local and corporate decision-making; Energy security basic analysis skills
  • Knowledge of energy systems implications for economic, social and environmental development
  • Basic knowledge of energy systems analysis; Understanding how present and future energy systems are designed and their main components
  • Basic knowledge of energy technology foresight at national and sectoral level
  • Basic knowledge of energy technology foresight at corporate level
  • Understanding the main methods and approaches to identify and analyze new markets, business models and partnerships
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The energy agenda-setting by international institutions
  • National energy policies and their environmental, social and cross-sectoral implications
  • The introduction to present and future energy systems: key elements and their interrelation.
  • Energy technology foresight: from research to policy advice.
  • The transformation of energy companies – new markets, business models and partnerships.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final exam
    Final exam (E) is performed in the form of in-class written task comprising two out of four open-ended questions to be answered in brief within 120 minutes.
  • non-blocking Home assignment
  • non-blocking Interactive lectures
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.5 * Final exam + 0.3 * Home assignment + 0.2 * Interactive lectures


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Baumann, M., Moniz, A. B., & Weil, M. (2017). Energy storage systems in the future German electricity system: A foresight approach. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrca&AN=rcaap.com.unl.10362.20595
  • BUCKLEY, M., & JAMES, D. (2018). Investing in a Clean Energy Future. Electric Perspectives, 43(6), 42. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=133147932
  • Dawud Ansari, Franziska Holz, & Hashem al-Kuhlani. (2019). Energy, Climate, and Policy towards 2055: An Interdisciplinary Energy Outlook (DIW-REM Outlook). DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.b.diw.diwpok.pbk139
  • Fahl, U., Blesl, M., & Voß, A. (2017). Projecting Energy Market Trends until 2030 German Energy Outlook 20095. France, Europe: KIT Scientific Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.8A93ABB9
  • Global Water Transfer Megaprojects: A Potential Solution for the Water-Food-Energy Nexus? (2018). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.F0BE42E6
  • Graham, N. (2019). Canadian Fossil Capitalism, Corporate Strategy, and Post‐Carbon Futures. Canadian Review of Sociology, 56(2), 224–250. https://doi.org/10.1111/cars.12244
  • Hake, J.-F., Kuckshinrichs, W., & Eich, R. (2004). Energy Systems Analysis for Political Decision-Making. Germany, Europe: Forschungszentrum, Zentralbibliothek. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D35845E7
  • Proskuryakova, L. (2017). Energy technology foresight in emerging economies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change, (C), 205. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.tefoso.v119y2017icp205.210
  • World energy outlook / IEA, International Energy Agency. (1999). Paris: OECD. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.267943040

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Chaiyapa, W., Esteban, M., & Kameyama, Y. (2018). Why go green? Discourse analysis of motivations for Thailand’s oil and gas companies to invest in renewable energy. Energy Policy, (C), 448. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.eee.enepol.v120y2018icp448.459
  • Fabian Gotzens, Heidi Heinrichs, Jürgen-Friedrich Hake, & Hans-Josef Allelein. (2018). The influence of continued reductions in renewable energy cost on the European electricity system. Energy Strategy Reviews, (71–81), 71. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2018.04.007
  • Global energy foresight: Trends and main drivers of the future energy system. (2013). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.9176F441
  • Impact of the decarbonisation of the energy system on employment in Europe [Elektronische Ressource] / Arno Behrens ... Centre for European Policy Studies. (2014). Brussels. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.444944001
  • John Wiseman, Stephanie Campbell, & Fergus Green. (2017). Prospects for a “just transition” away from coal-fired power generation in Australia: Learning from the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station. CCEP Working Papers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.p.een.ccepwp.1708
  • Jungwoo Lee, & Jae-Suk Yang. (2018). Government R&D investment decision-making in the energy sector: LCOE foresight model reveals what regression analysis cannot. Energy Strategy Reviews, (1–15), 1. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2018.04.003
  • Mujtaba, I. M., Srinivasan, R., & Elbashir, N. O. (2017). The Water-Food-Energy Nexus : Processes, Technologies, and Challenges (Vol. 1). [N.p.]: CRC Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1592128
  • Proskuryakova, L., & Filippov, S. (2015). Energy Technology Foresight 2030 in Russia: An Outlook for Safer and More Efficient Energy Future. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.B29560B4
  • Sergey Filippov. (2018). New Technological Revolution and Energy Requirements. Foresight and STI Governance (Foresight-Russia till No. 3/2015), (4), 20. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.hig.fsight.v12y2018i4p20.33
  • Sreekanth, K. J. (2018). Energy Policy: Perspectives, Challenges and Future Directions. [New York, NY]: Nova. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1855253