Course syllabus


ENM096 ENM096 Future renewable based power systems lp1 HT22 (7.5 hp)

Course is offered by the department of Electrical Engineering, division of Electric Power Engineering.

Contact details

Examiner, course responsible: Sara Fogelström,, 031-772 16 62

Lecturers: A list of all lecturers will be posted on the webpage.


Nima Mirzaei Alavijeh, (computer exercises)

Sindhu Kanya Nalini Ramakrishna, (computer exercises)

Jian Zhao, (computer exercises, solar lab)

Bowen Jiang, (computer exercises, solar lab)

Ola Carlson, (wind lab)

Magnus Ellsén (wind lab)

The examiner and the tutors are all based on the Electric power engineering division at Chalmers and can be found at Hörsalsvägen 11.


The primary information source for the course is the webpage in Canvas. Announcements and materials regarding the course will be posted there.

Questions regarding the course can be sent the examiner by e-mail (please write the course code ENM096 in subject of the e-mail) or in the Teams chat for the course. There will be different channels in Teams for general questions and questions about labs, computer exercises, scientific work etc. The channel for computer exercises will only be for practical and administrative questions. Questions about the exercises should be asked during the computer exercise sessions.

The examiner will answer questions during these times:

Mon 15:00-16:00

Thu: 09:00-10:00

Course purpose

The goal of the course is to give the students knowledge about how the power system is designed today and how the power system of the future will need to be, when only using renewable power sources. The understanding of the grid interaction of the renewable power sources and flexible consumers is also an important goal. The course will also give an overview of market operation, with a Nordic perspective. The course aims to provide the students with advanced and state-of-the-art developments in wind and solar power, dwelling both on the theoretical fundaments as well as building a good practical and experimental basis. There will also be a short outlook at other renewable and carbon free power sources such as wave power, fusion and nuclear power.



Course literature

There is no course book. Additional material will be posted on the web page for the course.


The course is composed of lectures, computer exercises, sustainability reflection, laboratory work, study visit, scientific work and a written exam.


The lectures are given for the renewable power production, the challenges that a power system with only renewable energy sources will be facing, how markets for electricity works and how AI is used within the power system. Several guest lectures are invited to the course. The slides for the lecturers will be posted on Canvas, most of them before the lecture.

Computer exercises

Four computer exercises are to be performed. The exercises will be put on Canvas.

Sustainability reflection

One sustainability reflection should be performed. More information will be put on Canvas regarding this.

Laboratory work

Test and evaluation of wind turbine operation, a practical 4-hour lab.

Test and evaluation of a solar photovoltaic cell, a practical 4-hour lab.

The lab pms will be posted on Canvas.

Study visit

A study visit to Chalmers wind turbine will be done at the same time as the wind lab. More information will be posted on Canvas.

Scientific work

The students should work in pairs and choose an interesting subject within future renewable based power systems and write a report on the subject, based on scientific sources. The report should be presented at a seminar at the end of the course. More information will be posted on Canvas

Learning objectives and syllabus

Learning objectives:

1. Explain the driving forces for technical development towards increased electric power production from renewables.
2. Explain the technical characteristics and performance of electric power generation by wind turbines, photovoltaic and hydro power.
3. Explain how the existing power system works.
4. Analyse how renewable power production matches with flexible loads and conclude challenges and opportunities for a future power system.
5. Calculate electric power production from renewable energy sources through modelling and simulations.
6. Calculate flexible electric consumption, for example electric vehicles and factories, through modelling and simulations.
7. Describe what role AI can play in the future power system.
8. Explain how an electricity market works.
9. Reflect on challenges for the future power system based on renewables orally and in a written scientific report in format normally used within Electric Power Engineering
10. Reflect on how sustainability aspects could impact the future power system.
11. Work in teams and collaborate in groups with different compositions.

Study plan

Examination form

Examination is based on passed computer exercised, sustainability reflection, laboratory work, scientific report incl. oral presentation and written exam. With the scientific report you can earn extra points for the exam. More information about this will be posted with the scientific report assignment on Canvas. Points from the scientific report will only be valid for one year, until the course starts again next study year, then you have to redo the report to get extra points to the exam.

For grade 3 22-32 points is needed, for grade 4 33-43 points is needed and for 5 at least 44 points is needed.

The grade of the course is (U), 3, 4 or 5. To get any grade all mandatory parts must be passed.