Sustainable Energy and Society – Digital, Green Shift.

Sustainable Energy and Society – Digital, Green Shift.

The central investigative theme in this Village is multi-dimensional:

  • Can the energy needs of the present generation be met without depriving future generations of their ability to meet their own energy needs? Specifically, what role does electrical energy play in optimizing the energy mix, from a sustainability point of view?
  • What technological innovations are warranted for a ‘digital, green shift’ in the energy sector?
  • Should the concern for energy sustainability factor into the way we presently function as a society?
    • If yes, what are the best scientific instruments using which the concerns can be realistically addressed?
      • How can the prevailing skepticism among those indifferent to scientific endeavors be allayed?
  • How does one reconcile with the incompatibility of ideals and practical concerns with regards to renewable energy resources? What is a balanced appraisal in this context?”

Sustainability issues do not fall under the purview of engineering competence, alone. To achieve a synergistic solution to the challenges we face collectively as a society, there is an imminent need for mutually intelligible dialogues across the various disciplines technical and non-technical. Engineers, economists, social scientists, law-makers, and the public are equal stake-holders - a stake in the present, a stake in the future.

There is a need for engineering innovation and the evolution of institutional frameworks with paradigm shift in business models, while according due consideration to the complex ethical perspectives to address the issues of energy security and reliability.

Energy sustainability only adds a new dimension to the urgency with which we need to tackle the issues at large in society.

There are several competing/conflicting concerns when investigating the necessary remedies to ensure energy efficiency, security, reliability, and sustainability: social, economic, geo-political, and environmental considerations.

In effect, the projects in this village can be chosen, keeping in view the several questions raised above, to address ‘variants’ of this question: How can engineering innovation and the evolution of institutional frameworks, while according due consideration to the complex ethical perspectives address the issues of energy security, reliability, and sustainability.

Relevant competency

All students are welcome, irrespective of their backgrounds. Groups will be divided keeping a balance of potential perspectives in mind.

About the village

  • Each group will autonomously define its topic within the village, supported by the facilitator team, if required. 
  • The questions raised in the ‘Introduction’ segment in this document are not limiting in their intended scope. Only a birds-eye-view has been provided. Further specifics can be encompassed in the problem definition of individual groups.
  • Required statistics for decision-support are to be collected from databases, consolidated from different publications.
  • Collaboration with external partners having a broad range of activities in the field of sustainable energy is envisioned for this Village.
09 sep 2019


Course Code: TET4853
Village: Sustainable Energy and Society – Digital, Green Shift.
Type: Semester-based
Language: English
LeaderGilbert Bergna-Diaz
Semester: Spring 2020

Important information about EiT:

Important information about EiT:

  • The focus on teamwork skills and group processes is the unique feature of Experts in Teamwork (EiT).
  • EiT's teaching methods depend on the contribution and presence of every participant throughout the semester. For this reason, attendance is compulsory on every village day.
  • In contrast to many courses, the first few days are especially important in EiT. During this period, the team members get to know each other and discuss what each individual can contribute. You will also draw up the compulsory cooperation agreement and start preparing a shared research question.
  • For additional information about Experts in Teamwork, see the page for students.