2023-2024 / APRI0003-2

Energetics Integrated Project


30h Th, 80h Pr, 5d FW

Number of credits

 Master of Science (MSc) in Electromechanical Engineering10 crédits 


Pierre Dewallef, Samuel Gendebien, Vincent Lemort

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Each academic year, a project in the energy-field is proposed to the promotion.

For the academic year 2023-2023, students are invited to propose an optimized technology set for a (nearly) Zero-Energy ULiège Campus.

The main goal of the energy challenge is to plan Campus activities at different levels, among which:

  • Improvement of the building stock (buildings characteristics and HVAC);
  •  Integration of renewable energies and their coupling with the network and/or storage solution;
  • Enhancement of the biomass power plant performance;
  • Increase of the share of electricity production, ensure a reliable distribution and assessment of a micro-grid viability at the campus scale;
  • Thermal and electric self-consumption optimization;
  • Improving and/or extending the district heating network;
  • Integration of CO2 capture technology;
  • ...
During the first semester, students are invited to work per group of three. Each group will focus on one specific set of buildings of the Campus, by following a top-down approach. It will be asked to gather and analyze information (monitoring data, set points, building characteristics, heating district network,...) to establish the yearly energy consumption and production per neighborhood, for the ULiège campus as well as the current Sankey diagram.


During the second semester, the project is broken down into five work packages:

  • WP1 : Thermal and Electricity Power Production;
  • WP2 : Building Stock Modeling;
  • WP3 : Energy Storage;
  • WP4 : Electricity Distribution;
  • WP5 : Heating Distribution.
Students will work per group of three and be involved in one specific work package. The development of simulation models will allow them to evaluate and assess the improvements associated with different scenarios. 

The global outcome is one technical report per work package and one executive report presenting 1 (up to 3) global scenario(s) that could be presented to the ULiège energy commission. The report will include a description of the current situation, the improvement evaluation, the priorities and constraints, a description of the developed decision tool and the updated Sankey diagram.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The objectives of the "Energy challenge" are :

  • Development of the ability to manage and to carry out a project in the field of energy;
  • Ability to estimate and critically assess the possible solutions in the field of energy on a real test case;
  • Ability to establish synergy between theoretical and practical aspects;
  • Applied sciences approach (report structure, criticism, search for information in the scientific literature);
  • Analysis and criticism of experimental and/or experimental measurements;
  • Management of a group project (planning, collaboration, ...);
  • Application of previous courses and development of the knowledge in energy components and energy systems;
  • To raise up its own creativity by means of learning by group project;
  • The ability to give an oral presentation and to deliver a written report on an energy-related topic.
  • Develop knowledge about hot topics in the current energy context and increase awareness about the role of science & technology in society;
  • Integrate human, economic, social, environmental and legal aspects of an energy-related project;
  • Be aware of the challenges of sustainable development in the current energy context.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basics and fundamentals of energy-field engineering are required, among which:

  • Applied thermodynamics and introduction to thermal systems;
  • Heat transfer;
  • Incompressible fluids machines;
  • Heat and cold production equipment;
  • Measurements of themo-fluid quantities;
  • Control of linear systems;
  • Electromagnetic energy conversion.

The co-requisite courses are:

  • CHIM0695-2: Modelling of chemical & energy processes;
  • MECA0450-3: Renewable Energy System Design;
  • ELEC0447-1: Analysis of electric power and energy systems.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The project will be initiated during two kick-off meetings at the start of each semester.

During the first semester, training sessions are organized on a weekly basis (held on Monday PM). The aim of those sessions is to provide the needed theoretical and practical background to the students to carry out the project. The training sessions include lectures given by the supervising staff, expert presentations and visits to the ULiège infrastructure.

At the end of each semester, an oral presentation and a report (format and template shared on the "Teams" channel) will be delivered by students.

About once a month, plenary sessions will be organized for students to present the progress of their group work to the supervising staff. Oral feed-back will be given by the supervising staff.

Communication between students and supervising staff are encouraged. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions on the forum of the dedicated "Teams" channel. Office hours will also be organized.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Presentations by academic and industrial experts, workshops, group work, written and oral feedback on deliverables, face-to-face meetings with professors, plenary sessions, office hours.

Recommended or required readings

Class materials are made available on the dedicated "Teams" channel.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Contributions to final grade:

  • 40% for both the report and presentation given at the end of the first semester.
  • 60% for both the report and presentation given at the end of the second semester.

The grades are based on:

  • Global technical results from reports and presentation;
  • Sub-group technical results;
  • Soft skills at group level;
  • Soft skills at individual level.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The theoretical lectures will be taught in English.

The exact schedule and deadlines are communicated during the first lecture held on 18.09.2023.



Laboratoire de Thermodynamique, B49 




Laboratoire de Thermodynamique, B49 



Vincent LEMORT

Laboratoire de Thermodynamique, B49 




Smart-Microgrids, B28


Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.

Additional information:

Class materials are shared on-line with the students via a "Teams" channel. The link to the channel will be communicated during the first lecture.