Imperial College London

Dr Koen H. van Dam

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Fellow



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453AACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus




Urban Energy Systems - SEF05


• To highlight the importance of cities as centres of energy service demand and as
opportunities for improved efficiency, from both historical and contemporary perspectives;
• To introduce key technologies for improved urban energy efficiency such as combined heat
and power, smart controls, and others;
• To develop basic skills in optimization modeling as applied to urban energy systems and to
apply to these skills in a sample use case;
• To develop an appreciation of the practical difficulties encountered when trying to improve the
energy efficiency of cities.

Teaching methods
The first week of the module will be taught in a lecture setting with lecturers from Imperial College and
external guest speakers. A tutorial session in optimisation methods will be held on Wednesday
afternoon with the help of two GTAs.
The second week will be a group design project. After being introduced by the module coordinator,
students will be left free to work on the problem. Two short surgeries with GTAs will be held during the
week to address any student questions about the assignment.