Energy Services Técnico Lisboa

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About This Course

This course introduces the concept of energy services and presents the modeling principles to calculate the energy services requirements to design sustainable energy systems.

Main goals

The main goals of this course are:

  • Understand the energy service concept
  • Identify the required energy services in different energy systems contexts
  • Know the level of energy services around the world
  • Model different energy services
  • Estimate the energy services requirements

Target audience

This course is target to MSc students that are interested in energy systems.


The prerequisites for this course are:

  • Understand the energy, work and heat concepts
  • Know the first and second laws of thermodynamics
  • Know the heat transfer mechanisms


  • Energy concepts (energy systems, energy definitions, tools to describe energy systems, energy consumption around the world)
  • Energy Services (energy services definition, energy services in buildings, energy consumption in buildings)
  • Energy services requirements (thermal comfort, hot water, visual comfort)
  • Energy services modeling (heating and cooling, hot water, cooking, lighting, others)


The contents will consist of a series of videos for each topic, where each video covers a sub topic. There will be quizzes about each video and an assignment for every topic, which will be peer reviewed. The videos will be complemented by lecture notes, FAQ and discussion forums.


The course is divided in 4 topics. For each topic, there will be an exercise that needs to be positively assessed to allow the progress for the next topic. This exercise is individually and will be assessed by peer review and confirmed by the tutor. The weight on the final grade is 15%.

For each subtopic, there will a quiz that needs to be answered to allow the progress to the next subtopic. To move forward to the next topic, the quiz needs to be positively answered. However, only the first answer will count for the final grade. The quizzes weight on the final grade is 20%.

After completing all the courses, there will be an overall exercise that will be evaluated by the tutor. The weight on the final grade is 20%.

Course Staff

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Carlos Santos Silva

Assistant Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon. Born in Lisbon in 1976, he holds a degree (1999), a MSc (2001) and a PhD (2005) in Mechanical Engineering from IST.

As an engineer he worked at Siemens AG in Munich, Germany (from 2001 to 2004) and in Albatroz Engineering in Portugal (from 2006 to 2008). At the university, he has lectured at Escola Náutica Infante Dom Henrique (from 2004 to 2007) and at IST since 2008.

His research and teaching activities are in the area of energy planning and energy management in buildings.

Course Staff Claudia Monteiro

Claudia Sousa Monteiro

Claudia Sousa Monteiro concluded her Masters in Architecture in 2010 in Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa. She enrolled the PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems of the the MIT Portugal Program in 2013 and currently she is working as a researcher at IN+, Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research in two research projects: SusCity and Sharing Cities.

Her main research topic is the development of methodologies for urban building energy modeling (UBEM) towards the development of decision support tools for a sustainable urban planning and energy reduction in cities.

Course Staff Diana Neves

Diana Pereira Neves

Diana Neves has her PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems from the Universidade de Lisboa and she is currently a post-doc researcher at the Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research IN+ at Instituto Superior Técnico where she coordinates the research in the area of microgrids and optimization of energy systems. Diana represented Portugal in sailing at the Olympic Games in London 2012.

Creative Commons License
The following course and its contents are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

The videos shown in this course were recorded at the FCCN studio.

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  2. Classes Start

    Nov 14, 2016
  3. Classes End

    Jan 15, 2017
  4. Enrollment Start Date

    Oct 12, 2016
  5. Enrollment End Date

    Jan 13, 2017
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