PSIA, Master in International Energy
Professor will send out an email assigning speciﬁc readings to deepen the topic of the lecture and to assign readings to prepare for the next class. The readings are complementary to the lectures. Pedagogical method : The Course will be organized in an interactive and ﬂexible manner. Before and after each class speciﬁc reading assignments will be sent out by email in order to prepare for the next lecture and to deepen the material covered in the previous lecture. Course Description : This interdisciplinary course addresses the issue of Decarbonization of energy systems and the potential future role of Renewable Energy Sources from a technological, economic and policy perspective. Expectations on the future role of renewable sources of energy are very high, but are scenarios of decarbonisation realistic ? This course will review the promises and pitfalls of individual renewable energy sources alternatives and their integration in energy systems, in view of allowing full critical understanding of the conditions under which these may come to play a truly important role in global energy supplies. Objective of the course : To get a good understanding of the state of the art and the expected development of Renewable Energy Sources and their implementation potential to contribute to decarbonization scenarios as well as of the challenges and opportunities of different Renewable Energy Sources for their integration in energy systems. The Course “Decarbonisation scenarios and Renewable Energy Sources” will address, among others, the following topics : 1) Climate Change issues and decarbonisation scenarios : why and how to decarbonize ; 2) The role of energy efﬁciency in decarbonization ; 3) Renewable energy sources : understanding how they work, their pros and cons : - Solar : Photovoltaic (PV), Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), solar heat, etc. ; - Wind turbines ; - Hydroelectricity : river-run, storage, pumpingstorage plants, tidal and wave, etc. ; - Biomass and bio-fuels ; 4) Challenges and opportunities of renewable energy sources : - RES integration into electricity grids ;
- Different implementation policies : pros and cons ; - Future schemes and special initiatives such EC's Decarbonization Roadmap, the Nordic Countries Carbon Nuclear Scenario, Desertec, Masdar City, etc. ; 5) Decarbonisation scenarios and Renewable energy pathways (IEA, EREC, Greenpeace, Eurelectric, EC, etc. Required reading : World Bank 2012 : Turn Down the Heat : Why a 4 °C Warmer World Must be Avoided ; IEA World Energy Outlook 2015, Chapters 2, 8, 9 and 10 ; IEA 2015 Energy Efﬁciency Market Report 2015 ; IEA 2015 Renewable energy 2015. Medium-term market report ; IEA 2015 IEA energy technology perspectives 2015.
ECONOMICS OF NEW ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES & POLICY INSTRUMENTS
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Fabio GENOESE (Chargé de recherche). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Students are expected to attend all classes. Course participation 20%. Midterm written test 35%. End of term test 45%. Workload : Repeating the previous lesson in preparation for each class. Preparing for the midterm test. Preparing for the end-of-term test. Pedagogical method : Lecture and discussion. Case studies presentation by students followed by class discussion. Selected guest speakers. Course Description : New energy technologies play a key role to ensure a cost-effective transition to low-carbon. In this course, we will discuss new energy technologies and their economics (costs & cost structure), mainly focusing on the power sector. Moreover, the key role of energy policy supporting innovation and shaping technological change will be discussed. The objective of this course is to give an overview of current energy technology perspectives and policy instruments supporting innovation and technological change. Based on this knowledge, it will be possible to better understand current 1449