4CBLM00 (Q4 – 2023-2024) Preparation

Background knowledge

The energy transition can be studied from many angles and on many topics. Therefore we ask you to read some material in advance to prepare for this course. We expect you to have this knowledge when the course starts.

The background knowledge we expect you to have consists of the first four chapters and the last chapter:

Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Engineering Economic Tools
Chapter 3. Climate Change and Climate Modeling
Chapter 18. Conclusion: Creating the Twenty-First-Century Energy System

The other chapters (5 – 17) relate to Energy Transition themes. You can use those as background information to select a theme for your Preparatory Assignment.

Other themes that may inspire you for the Preparatory Assignment may come from the lectur(er)s in the course.

The abstracts and suggested papers by the lecturers will be provided later.

You can access the book here:


Vanek, Francis M., Louis D. Albright, Largus T. Angenent, Michael W. Ellis, and David A. Dillard. 2022. Energy Systems Engineering: Evaluation and Implementation. 4th ed. New York: McGraw Hill.

Preparatory assignment

To make sure groups have enough time to dive into the (technical) content of your respective projects, we ask you to prepare a couple of things before the start of the summer school. These things are related to the workshops in which we define the project topic and group composition.

Please make sure you prepared yourself before attending the first meeting on the 12th of August. You can make use of the material provided by us (but of course you are allowed to do some research yourself if you like).

In the course, you will work in a group on a topic related to the overall theme Energy Transition – “the path towards net zero”. You will set the topic yourself. This is a challenging task with which we will help you. Keep in mind the goal of the course (see the homepage) and study the provided reading material in advance. Based on this, you should be able to select some themes you want to work on. Possible themes are:

  • Hydrogen
  • Ammonia
  • Batteries
  • Solid fuels
  • (Carbon-based) Synthetic fuels
  • Other theme that can be related to ‘from fossil to future fuels’

We ask you to create a ‘top 3’ of themes you would like to work on. Please share them with us by submitting this form. For 1 of those themes you will need to prepare a short pitch (1 minute). The pitch should be about why you should be in the team that investigates the topic of your choice. We will ask you to pitch on the 12th of August at the start of the course.

During the meeting at the start of the course, we will conduct a vote based on the pitches, and the person with the most compelling pitch for a specific theme will become the team former for that theme (note: this person is not the team leader, this role is only used during the team formation process). Next, speed dating activities will take place to finalize the formation of the groups that you will be collaborating with throughout the entire course.

The challenge

We challenge you, together with international partners, to connect the latest research to demands from society within the theme ‘from fossil to future fuels’. You may interpret the theme in a very broad sense.

Keep in mind:

You are free to decide on a topic.

  • To help you out, we have listed some topics that may help you get started. You will be able to find them on the online learning environment.
  • Because of the level of freedom you have, your teachers will not have (all) answers. However, they are experienced researchers and will be able to guide your process if necessary.
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