Syllabus for Energy Security in Local and Global Energy Systems

Energisäkerhet i lokala och globala energisystem

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1GV334
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2011-11-08
  • Established by: The Educational Board of Engineering
  • Applies from: week 01, 2012
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including courses in scientific computing, programming, statistics, thermodynamics, thermal energy technologies, energy system physics, power systems engineering or equivalent.
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • explain availability of energy resources (fossil and renewable) and how these resources can be localised, how the geographical distribution is formed, and how the resources can be exploited and contribute to energy supply of local and global scales
  • analyse necessary infrastructure for conversion of energy resources into energy services with respect to vulnerability, availability, constraints and economic, political and technical risks
  • handle and evaluate analytical tools and indicators relevant for energy security
  • practically apply mathematical models and forecasting tools to make personal projections of historical trends and development patterns into the future


Energy security in four dimensions (Availability, Accessibility, Affordability, and Acceptability). Properties of quantitative and qualitative indicators for energy security. Different methods to detect, verify and produce different enregy resources and geologic, environmental and political constraints for exploitation. Development and properties of energy systems, such as the European natural gas network or the Swedish electric grid. Network analysis and other tools for assessment of stability and vulnerability application of scenarios, time series methods and other forecasting tools for own projections and critical evaluation of projections done by others infrastructure, security, and risks associated to different energy resources social preparedness and responsibility in crisis situations political conflicts and risks connected to energy resources.


Lectures, guest lectures, seminars and exercises.


Written test (2 credits), active participation at seminars and exercises (1 credit), written and oral presentation of an assignment with opposition (2 credits).

Other directives

From 2012 this course replaces the former course 1FA334 Energy Security in Local and Global Energy Systems, 5 credits.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2012

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.