Topic, background and motivation for the course:

The use of Energy Systems Analysis tools is becoming increasingly important for PhDs around the world, and we at AAU have been first movers. We have conducted this course for more than 15 years with great success and PhDs coming from both AAU and from around the world.
It has been part of many PhDs in the Planning as well as the energy technology PhD program. It is part of setting AAU and our Energy Planning tools and methodologies on the world map...


Prior to the course al participants are requested to conduct the following:

1. Install EnergyPLAN from

2. Consider how you wish to use EnergyPLAN – preferably in your Ph.D. project – alternatively in independent analyses only made for the Ph.D. course (notice that agenda for the first morning – third bullet-point)

3. Read the FIDE guide (Finding and inputting data to EnergyPLAN) from and consider what data you will need to do 2.

4. There are a number of training exercises at You are strongly encouraged / expected to do these beforehand as this will enable you to make more advanced independent analyses during the actual course

5. Read the articles

Learning objectives:

The PhD course gives an introduction to advanced energy system analysis using the EnergyPLAN computer model. After the course the participants are expected to be able to understand methodologies of advanced energy system analysis and to be able to use the EnergyPLAN computer model as a tool in making energy system analyses.

Teaching methods:

The course is conducted as a combination of lectures and computer workshops of a total of 5 days (40 hours) and assignments of a total of 5-6 days (44 hours). Results of assignments will be presented by the participants.
The course start with an introduction to the model (installation, using, constructing new data sets) and proceeds to focus on the use of the model in
-sustainable cities and communities
-technical analyses of large-scale integration of wind.
-analyses of exchange with external electricity markets
-combinations of different renewable energy technologies.
-designing flexible energy systems using flexible technologies such as heat pumps, hydrogen storage, pumped storage etc.
-district heating systems versus individual houses and zero energy buildings
-designing energy systems based on multiple criteria

Criteria for assessment:

Results of assignments will be presented by the participants by the end of the course and assessed by the supervisors. (The course has two sessions with 2 weeks in betweeen so the participants can wotk on their project and the use of the tool)

Organizer:  Professor Henrik Lund

Lecturers:  Poul Alberg Østergaard , Henrik Lund, Jakob Zinck Thellufsen, Miguel Chang & Brian Vad Mathiesen

ECTS:  4

Time:  25, 26 and 27 April and 9,10,11 May


Deadline: April 4, 2022

Number of seats: 30

Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.