KTH Royal Institute of Technology

KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), was founded in 1827 and is the largest of Sweden’s universities of technology. Since 1917 KTH has been housed in central Stockholm in beautiful buildings which today have historical monument status.

KTH is the largest, oldest and most international technical university in Sweden. No less than one-third of Sweden’s technical research and engineering education capacity at university level is provided by KTH. Education and research spans from natural sciences to all the branches of engineering and includes architecture, industrial management and urban planning. The educational programmes lead to Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees in engineering, science, or architecture. There are a total of just over 13,000 full-year equivalent undergraduate students, more than 1,500 active postgraduate students and around 3,000 full time equivalent employees at KTH.

KTH conducts top-notch education and research of a broad spectrum - from natural science to all branches of technology, including architecture, industrial economics, urban planning, work science and environmental technology.

KTH is an international institution with established research and educational exchanges all over the world, especially in Europe, the USA, Australia and Southeast Asia. Cooperation schemes with the Baltic states and Russia are on the increase. It is KTH’s ambition to play an even stronger role in the EU research programmes than today. Various joint efforts with the Swedish International Development Agency and other development bodies abroad are also part of our international programme.

Semester 3 for option A - Sustainable Energy Engineering

Sustainable Power Generation


This course brings up techniques for large- and small scale electricity and heat generation in power plants fired on biomass, oil, natural gas and coal. Thermodynamic power cycles and analysis, combustion, boilers, emissions, life-cycle-cost and availability are included in this course. Here material aspects, fuel cycles and plant control are included.

Sustainable Energy Utilisation


This course discusses the utilisation of energy in the present day society, taking into account sustainability and environmental aspects. The course will focus on the technologies used to meet a wide spectrum of energy demands needed for cooling, heating, and ventilation in the built environment.

Renewable Energy Technologies


This course provides a survey of the most important renewable energy resources, and the technologies for harnessing these within the framework of a broad range of simple to state-of the-art advanced energy systems. The course consists of:

  • Fundamental concepts of energy conversion and perspectives on energy supply and demand
  • Wind power: primary mechanical design and system aspects
  • Biomass: resources and thermochemical conversion
  • Solar: photovoltaics and solar thermal including concentrating solar power
  • Hydropower: key components along with large-scale and small-scale systems
  • Other technologies: energy storage, fuel cells, hydrogen, wave and tidal power, geothermal energy
  • Theory and Methodology of Science for Energy Research

    6 ECTS

    The aim of the course is to introduce theory and methodology of science to Master’s students and prepare them for the development of their Master’s thesis. The course introduces basic concepts and understanding of methodological and underlying philosophical issues that arise in science. Furthermore, the course invites to reflection on research issues within the student’s own area of interest. The course works as a scientific initiation for applied research in energy related topics. Critical assessment of methods and results of research are exercised within the scope of the course, which can help students to evaluate and analyze research materials and evidence.

    The course includes the following main activities:

  • review of research literature on basic concepts and methodologies of science;
  • seminars to discuss concepts, approaches and methodologies in scientific energy articles;
  • definition of concepts and methodologies to address research questions and discussion of their application in specific research topics.
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