Flexible Energy Technology

  • Minor
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Flexible Energy Technology

Start: September
  • Science and Engineering
  • Behaviour and Society

Flexible Energy Technology is a minor for students with a background in electrical engineering. The minor is offered as an in-depth minor for Hanze students of electrical engineering and is open for non-Hanze (national and international) students


Credits: 30
Language: English 
Location: Groningen
Startdate: Semester 1

About this minor

Programme introduction 

The transition from traditional power generation to renewable energy sources requires an increase in the operational flexibility of the network. Renewable energy sources, such as wind or photovoltaic are either cyclical, or they have a fluctuating power level. In order to guarantee a sufficient and reliable electricity supply, this supply needs to be matched to the demand at all time. Energy sources are changing from large centralized sources to local integrated sources with, or without, storage facilities. As a result, the requirements with respect to the operational flexibility of all components in the grid become more demanding. Therefore, new energy network concepts with respect to transmission (AC or DC), conversion and storage need to be further developed.

The minor focusses on generation, transport, distribution and the control of electrical networks for modern grids. Both low voltage and high voltage grids are studied. Everything is approached from the perspective of an electrical engineer.

Only students with an electrical engineering background can apply.

Programme content

The program consists of a project and four courses: Power System Design, Power System Components, Renewable Energy and Power Conversion & Power Quality.

The first two courses put emphasis on "classic" electrical grids, power generation and calculation methods, while the other two are giving in depth knowledge about renewable systems and the power quality aspects that come with modern electrical grids.

With guest lectures, excursions, theoretical and practical assignments you will get in depth knowledge of the subject. Throughout the semester the students will work in groups on a project in designing (components of) a modern grid.

Would you like to know which courses are part of this programme? Take a look at the course outline for detailed information.

Before you can start

Electrical engineering students: At the year of participation you got to have your propaedeutic exam and 45 EC of year two at the end of the previous study year.

Non-hanze (international) students: have a background in engineering and at least have finished courses with the following topics:

  • Theory of electrical networks, AC and DC
  • Basic theory of electrical machines and transformers
  • Basics of electronics
  • Note:
  • Students are expected to apply for the whole program of 30 ECTS. The outline for this program can vary from week to week. The program is intensive and students who apply for this program are expected to be available and present for the duration of the program.

Fields of interest

  • Behaviour and Society
  • Science and Engineering