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Course outline Minor Smart Energy

Smart Energy allows groups of students to do challenging multidisciplinary projects on the cutting edge of energy and computer science. You will work in small project groups in close cooperation with their clients (from the Dutch energy and IT sectors), under the supervision of an experienced lecturer/coach. Our projects are always based on current problems and/or

opportunities from the clients and require a certain amount of research and a proactive mind set.


Examples of past projects:

-              Developing software to use drones for autonomous visual inspection of high-pressure gas pipeline infrastructure

-              The use of blockchain technologies in energy markets

-              The role of 5G mobile networking technology in the energy transition

-              Smart municipal trash cans using sensors and LoRa networks

-              Optimizing strategies for inner city “last mile” logistics using electric vehicles



During the semester, you will:

-              Work in multidisciplinary teams according to the Agile Scrum methodology;

-              Conduct research: problem/policy analysis, context analysis and stakeholder analysis;

-              Apply Design Science Research methodology;

-              Execute a structured project plan: problem statement, requirements analysis, functional and technical design, project planning, risk assessment, testing and documentation;

-              Give and receive professional peer-feedback;

-              Gain basic working knowledge of Agile software development;

-              Gain basic working knowledge of energy systems, policy and infrastructure.


Smart Energy is open to exchange students in the second semester (from early February until the end of June).


Presentation, portfolio



-              Weekly lectures on energy and computer science;

-              Weekly project group tutoring;

-              Client meetings every other week;

-              Energy Academy Europe workshops and seminars.


The first half of the semester focuses on design science research, software engineering and the societal factors that influence the energy transition. The second half focuses on the business opportunities in the energy transition and sustainable technologies such as “smart” electricity grids.