Energy Transition

Course Director(s): Natacha Gondran, Loic Favergeon

General Description

With the Energy Transition interdisciplinary specialisation, students will find keys to understanding the production and use of different types of energy and be presented with the elements necessitating energy transition and possible ways of organising this transition. The economic and environmental assessment of different types of energy will be dealt with in a transversal manner within each unit. The philosophy of this specialisation module is to demonstrate to students that global environmental problems can be viewed not just as constraints, which must be guarded against, but also as a chance to build an energy system which is different and more sustainable. This module is aligned with the objective of the European climate/energy package (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, reduction of energy consumption by 20%, attaining 20% of renewable energy in the European energy mix by 2020).

Links between course units

The course is composed of a general unit presenting a global vision of the French energy context and four units presenting different modes of energy production and possible ways of reducing the demand. It presents therefore :

-          A general unit of 10 h on the French energy context, scenarios of energy transition and environmental assessments of energy

-          A unit of 40h on petroleum products and nuclear energy

-          A unit of 30h on energy efficiency

-          A unit of 45 h on renewable electricity

-          A unit of 35 h on solar and wood energy

Orientations / Associations with other courses

Potential activity sectors are: Energy production (conventional and renewable), energy efficiency, industry, R&D departments.

The two cornerstone majors of this module are “Process engineering” and “Industrial and Territorial Environment”. Multiple combinations are however possible, based on one or the other of the two majors and another major such as industrial management, corporate management and finance, data science, computer science, or materials science.

Key words

Energy transition, energy efficiency, petrol, nuclear, renewable energy, environmental impact