Business models for smart energy systems
The course introduces students to
- the analysis of existing and forthcoming business models for smart energy systems with different new stakeholders/technologies
- their applications through several managerially-oriented frameworks
- tools to understand how companies generate and transform their business models.
From such bases, participants will study how these frameworks work in future energy systems.
The analysis of prospective business models for the future energy industry also considers the impact of the so-called ‘energy transition’, business models in renewable energy as well as the potential new entrants that may offer a range of innovative energy service solutions based on both the current and forthcoming disruptive storage and digital technologies.
This course is practical by its nature, and students will apply the existing frameworks in the analysis of particular cases. The course includes in-class teaching of the core strategy and business based analytical frameworks and tools. However, students are expected to be familiar with the basic technical concepts related to smart energy systems before starting the course.
By the end of the course, students
- will be able to apply existing theoretical and empirical evidence on business models to smart energy systems.
- will be able to understand the business model logic of the main actors within future flexible energy systems.
- will have learnt how to apply different frameworks, tools, and techniques to understand, analyse, evaluate, and even redesign and transform (innovate) the business models of different actors involved.
- will recognise the core building blocks of different new business models in smart energy systems while identifying how these blocks interact and can be combined into different configurations to create, deliver, and capture value.
The analysis considers different customer segments and both the role of different energy stakeholders and the organisation of the energy value systems. The analysis also includes the share of command and control between different players within the whole energy ecosystem.
Finally, regarding its intended learning outcomes, the course will support the development of students’ interpersonal, analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Lecture material (and other material announced in lectures)
- Selected book chapters and articles for the course.
Lectures will be held (online) on Mondays at 12–16.
Online lectures (20 h), exercises (group assignment and presentation), independent work (115 h) and final examination.
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