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Energy Efficiency and Energy Markets

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School

As things currently stand, 80% of our energy consumption is based on fossil fuels. These resources are of a finite nature and have an undeniable impact on our environment. This situation will only get worse if left unchecked over time as the world's population grows and the emerging nations strive to improve living conditions for their people, which inevitably involves gaining access to energy sources. This will lead to serious economic consequences given that any growth in demand will raise the cost of these resources.

Within this context, the UPC School has decided to put the spotlight on energy efficiency; one of the most important waypoints on the path to a more balanced world. This Graduate Degree in Energy Efficiency and Energy Markets offers its students a general overview of the current situation and exhaustive training on energy alternatives aimed at ending our dependency on such fuels as oil, coal and natural gas. Furthermore, the degree programme also highlights the need to adopt such measures as energy containment and saving.

This graduate degree programme is aimed at enabling students to identify energy needs within the home, the industrial sector or the construction sector. Students will also be able to detect weak spots in the production process of an industry or provide tools to gain knowledge of the energy market. The course is taught by both UPC faculty staff and professionals from specialised companies in the sector, who can offer real experiences from the professional world.


  • To provide students with tools that enable them to distinguish between efficient and non-efficient technologies and apply this concept to various fields.
  • To implement the new Technical Building Code or energy certification for buildings in the housing sector.
  • To identify the production processes adopted by companies in order to guarantee their sustainability and efficiency in terms of such issues as lighting and air conditioning.
  • To detect whether industries have contracted the best energy alternative or whether they could generate a saving with a contract change.

Who is it for

  • Industrial engineers wishing to specialise in the field of energy
  • Architects and technical architects
  • Professionals from the construction, installations or engineering sectors interested in the field of energy



The programme in Energy Efficiency and Energy Markets includes, on the one side, theory sessions where participants acquire the knowledge necessary to develop their professional project. On the other side, participants will also attend hands-on sessions, based on visits and discussions in class, providing them with a view applied to the knowledge gained. Debate sessions will be lead by professionals working in the energy sector.


Current Energy Situation and Future Alternatives
2 ECTS. 19 teaching hours.
1. The current energy system:
Sources of fossil energy:
- Resources and reserves
- Origin
- Production and Consumption
Sources of renewable energy.
Environmental impact.
The Kyoto Protocol.
Energy sustainability.

2. Future technologies: a general overview
Hydrogen production and storage.
Hydrogen applications: direct use in the automotive sector, fuel cells, hydrogen-based combined cycle systems.
The outlook for hydrogen and the hydrogen economy.
Energy Efficiency
6 ECTS. 54 teaching hours.
Basic concepts and examples of efficient technologies.
Energy diagnostics and auditing.
Energy efficiency in the housing sector; the industrial sector; the transport sector and in the distribution of electricity.
Efficient energy management in various processes.
Energy Markets
4 ECTS. 44 teaching hours.
Introduction to grid-bound energy. A description of the electricity sector and the natural gas sector.
The energy economy and energy models:
- Energy markets.
- Energy cost.
- Market liberalisation.
- Taxation
- Emissions trading.
Debates with speakers from various industries to provide their views on the topic.
Project: design of a high-efficiency solution
3 ECTS. 12 teaching hours.
The final project must define a high energy efficiency solution. All projects must include the following:
- Description of the process
- Diagrams, design and dimensions of the installation
- Equipment selection
- Budget
- Cost analysis
The project must be carried out in groups of 3 or 4 and most of the work will need to be completed away from the classroom. However, introductory and group work follow-up sessions will take place in the classroom. The project will be presented publicly and is expected to account for 75 hours.

Management & Faculty

Academic management

  • Pretel Sánchez, Maria del Carmen
    PhD. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at the UPC. Assistant Director of International Relations of ETSEIB.

Teaching staff

  • Alomar Brutau, Inés
  • Batet Miracle, Lluís
    PhD. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Director of the Nuclear Engineering Section of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering
  • Boix Aragonés, Oriol
  • Dolader Clara, Jordi
  • Fernández Farràs, Raúl
    Industrial Engineering from the UPC and MBA from ESADE. Sales Manager at Sonatrach Gas Trading.
  • Gil Martínez, Amado
  • Isern Vicens, Salvador
    Associate professor at the department of engineering projects from the UPC
  • Linares Iglesias, Elisa
  • Llorca Piqué, Jordi
  • Pi Amoros, Carlota
    Industrial Engineering from the UPC and an MBA from IESE Business School. Founding partner of, marketer energy independence.
  • Pons Mesman, Víctor
    Degree in Economics from the UB. Corporate Development Manager at Gas Natural Group.
  • Pretel Sánchez, Maria del Carmen
    PhD. in Industrial Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Professor of the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering at the UPC. Assistant Director of International Relations of ETSEIB.
  • Sanjoaquín Vives, Silvia
  • Villafáfila Robles, Roberto

General information

15 ECTS (129 teaching hours)
Start date
Start date:March 2017End date:July 2017
Tuesday  18:30 to 22:00Thursday  18:30 to 22:00Friday  15:30 to 18:30
Visits to companies will be on Friday afternoon.
Taught at
Tech Talent Center
C/ de Badajoz, 73-77
08005 Barcelona
Telephone: (34) 93 112 08 35
Postgraduate diplomas issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. To obtain this degree it is necessary to have an official or recognized university degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree or diploma. Otherwise, the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya will only award them a a certificate of completion.

In the case of having a foreign degree check here.
Virtual Campus
The students on this Postgraduate course will have access to the My_Tech_Space virtual campus, an effective work and communication platform for students, lecturers and course directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space allows students to find background material for their classes, to work in teams, ask their lecturers questions, consult their marks, etc.
Employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers appear annually of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development Employment service .The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Registration fee
3.600 €
The registration fee must be paid before the beginning of this Postgraduate course.
See the section Discounts, loans and financial aid for possibilities of advantageous financing conditions.

Applicants are given the option of making a voluntary €5 contribution when formalising their enrolment. As part of the UPC's 0.7% Campaign, this donation will go towards meeting charitable needs in developing countries.


Language of instruction
Payment of enrolment fee
The enrolment fee can be paid:
- In a single payment to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
- In two instalments:
  • 60% of the amount payable, to be paid within the deadline specified in the letter of admission to the programme
  • Remaining 40% to be paid up 10 days before the starting date of the programme

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