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Sustainable Energy systems 7.5 credits

Hållbara energisystem
First cycle, F0040T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2022 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Energy Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Energy Technology
Main field of study
Energy Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school course English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
Knowledge and understanding

After completing the course student should demonstrate

  • advanced knowledge of main energy system concepts that enables identifying relevant energy data from various sources.
  • basic knowledge of main energy resources and use from a global, national and regional perspective, which enables the identification of differences in challenges and opportunities between regions in the transition to a more sustainable society and in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • basic knowledge of main energy-related environmental impacts that enables identification of the main environmental challenges in a given energy system.
  • basic knowledge on ‘levelized cost of energy’, which enables a consistent cost comparison between different energy technologies. 
  • basic knowledge of sustainable development concepts, which makes it possible to point at tradeoffs between ecological, economic, and social development.
  • basic knowledge about the role of technologies, behavioural changes, and policies to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable energy system. 

Skill and ability

After completing the course, student should be able to

  • identify key data and analyse trends in different energy sectors based on global, national, and regional energy statistics.
  • identify and discuss in which ways a given energy system is sustainable or not, with a focus on ecological, economic as well as social equity and equality.
  • express themselves on a basic level, orally and in writing, within the area of sustainable energy systems.

Valuation and attitude

After completing the course, student should be able to

  • critically evaluate information on the ongoing energy transition, thus be aware of reliable sources and main concepts within the field.
  • work according to good academic practice.

Energy is a critical resource in society, but the supply and use of energy also cause environmental and other problems. This course describes the role of the energy system in reaching a more sustainable society. The current global energy situation and the resource and environmental problems it causes are presented and discussed. Further, different pathways and solutions to current issues are discussed, including
  • Basic insights into the different sectors and sub-sectors of the energy system, and their respective challenges and opportunities in achieving a more sustainable society.
  • The role of energy supply and energy use in reaching UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).
  • Technical, economic, social, and political measures that can contribute to the sustainable energy transition.
  • Different scenarios for how the present energy system may ‘evolve’ in the future under different circumstances.

The course also introduces students to basic energy statistics, technical reports, and scientific literature on energy and sustainability issues, and provides the students opportunity to make energy assessments, practice drafting and writing a scientific report, and orally presenting the findings from a group project.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consists of several lectures (including guest lectures), assignments, and a project. The assignments are carried out individually, while the project is carried out in groups and is presented orally as well as in a written report.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The examination consists of five written assignments, one written project report, and an oral project presentation. The grade is based on points collected from the performance of the assignment and the project work. The final point of the project report and the oral presentation will be based on the participant's overall involvement and contribution to the project (may increase or decrease). Consideration is also taken to the activity during and in connection to the lectures (will only improve grade). Attendance at compulsory activates is required. Oral or written additional task(s) are offered for the students to be able to pass the course, as well as to verify the individual contributions.

This course cannot be part of the degree together with the course MTM142.

Anna Krook-Riekkola

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Technical and statistical reports as well as scientific articles on the subject, published at the learning Management system during the course to be printed at the students’ own expense.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Project work and assignmentsG U 3 4 57.50MandatoryA16

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 07 Aug 2010

Last revised
by Huvudansvarig utbildningsledare Niklas Lehto 17 Feb 2021