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 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.The weight on the final grade of all the quizzes (homework) completed is 30%.

For each topic, there will be a mid-term evaluation that needs to be positively assessed to allow the progress for the next topic. This exercise is individually and once completed the 4 mid-term evaluations it will count 30% for your final grade.

After completing all the topics, there will be an overall exercise that will be peer-review and evaluated by the tutor. The weight on the final grade is 40%.

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 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

    Oct 09, 2017
  3. Classes End

    Nov 13, 2017
  4. Enrollment Start Date

    Sep 18, 2017
  5. Enrollment End Date

    Oct 23, 2017
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