Modelling and Optimisation of Energy Systems


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying the 1st semester on the Master of Science in Energy Engineering on one of the Thermal Energy Engineering specialisations or similar.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge and comprehension and skills within synthesis of thermodynamic systems, their components and the interactions between these
  • Knowledge about the design, modelling and optimisation of systems involving thermal equipment such as engines, gas-turbines, steam turbines in stand-alone or combined cycle configurations
  • Knowledge about the conversion of plant-based biomass feedstocks and biological waste products to liquid fuels and the economic and strategic impact of the technologies involved
  • Knowledge and comprehension within the thermodynamic aspects of processes involved in thermal and fuel conversion plants which involve phase change and both sub- and supercritical operation
  • Knowledge and comprehension within the multiphase and chemical reaction based aspects involved in combustion processes and chemical process reactors


  • Be able to judge the usefulness of the used different scientific methods for analysis and modelling of the energy systems
  • Be able to verify the analytical and numerical approaches by means of experimental data
  • Be able to select an appropriate optimisation procedure used for the energy systems and evaluate the optimisation results


  • Be able to control the working and development process within the project theme, and be able to develop new solutions within energy systems
  • Be able to independently define and analyse scientific problems in the area of modelling and optimisation of energy systems

Type of instruction

Problem based project oriented project work in groups. The project should be based upon a thermal power plant or upon a fuel conversion process plant. The thermal plant could be a combined heat and power plant, a de-centralised power plant or a cooling plant. The plants should be simulated to achieve an optimum plant design in terms of overall plant economy. In the design of the plant analytical tools are to be applied, such as numerical optimisation, non-linear dynamical modelling or process integration. In addition the plant designed should be evaluated in relation to operational variations and/or the problems arising from start-up.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 15 ECTS project module, the work load is expected to be 450 hours for the student



Name of examModelling and Optimisation of Energy Systems
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Additional information

Project on 2nd semester Thermal Energy and Process Engineering.

Facts about the module

Danish titleModellering og optimering af energisystemer
Module codeN-EE-K2-1
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module
Time allocation for external examinersB


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science