MEBn5017 Electricity Industry: Renewable Energy

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
doc. Mgr. Jan Osička, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Jan Osička, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 25. 10. 10:00–11:40 P21a, Mon 1. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21a, Mon 8. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21a, Mon 15. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21a, Mon 22. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21a, Mon 29. 11. 10:00–11:40 P21a, Mon 6. 12. 10:00–11:40 P21a
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
We focus mainly on the challenges linked to replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. We start by an overview of electricity markets and the rationale behind their design. Next, we examine the technological and economic challenges of rapid deployment of renewable energy and discuss the challenges posed by selective social acceptance of new (renewable) energy facilities and, in a wider sense, climate policies. Then we zoom out and synthetize the discussed issues through a systems perspective. We conclude by showcasing what we learned on selected country studies delivered by the students.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand the distinctive features of renewable energy, assess its potential and the challenges of harnessing it, and evaluate different strategies of deployment of renewable energy.
  • I. Electricity market designs overview II. Technological, financial and societal challenges of deploying renewable energy III. Renewable energy in the systems and empirical perspectives
  • Course literature consists of academic papers (e.g. Batel 2020), grey literature (IEA reports), online videos (introductory materials to technical issues) and podcasts (opinion-like reflections). The full list is available in the course syllabus.
Teaching methods
Lectures and class discussions
Assessment methods
Written assignment
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 7x 100 minut.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2022, Autumn 2023.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2021, recent)
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