Option Energy

Director: Eric VAGNON, Jean-Pierre CLOAREC


The availability of sufficient energy at a reasonable cost is fundamental to the present and future development of modern societies. If the energy problem is identified as one of the major challenges facing the next generations, it is already part of the essential concerns of the present world both at the industrial level and at the level of society in general (energy transition, environmental impacts, sobriety and energy sovereignty). The notions learned in this option are intended to give the broadest possible view of the energy challenge both in the long term and in its current industrial and societal implications: understand how development policies are developed and structured for supply and distribution channels. The option is organized into two streams: a) On-board Energy "Energie Embarquée EE" (batteries, fuel cells, liquid fuels including biofuels, oil and gas, hydrogen); b) Infrastructure Energy "Energie d'Infrastructure EI" (electricity networks, nuclear energy).

The option provides activities common to both streams, followed by all students: a) the common course EE+EI "Producing, storing, organizing energies" (EN_MSO3.1, ~30% of total courses: issues related to the intermittency of renewable energies, financing energy projects, cogeneration ); projects of the Energy option, which can be conducted by groups of students from EI and/or EE streams.

The aspects on the energy transition (renewable energy, environmental impacts) are addressed both in the streams and the common course of the option, as well as in the Sectoral Open Modules ("Modules Ouverts Sectoriels") associated with the option. MOS.2.4 "Macro-Energie" notably addresses geopolitical energy issues; MOS. 7.5 "Energy and Environmental Impact" addresses links between energy activities, climate and pollution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify possible progresses in the energy sector, with a systemic approach
  • Evaluate and quantify the energy, environmental and economic contributions of the various energy production pathways
  • Understanding an energy production project as a whole and implementing it
  • Have a broad and systemic vision of global energy issues and pathways
  • Ability to critically research and analyze data (databases, scientific reports...) in the energy sector, about energy production and impacts.



Depends on the chosen pathway (EE or EI). Generally in engineering sciences: thermodynamics, energy mechanics, electrical engineering. An interest for a global systemic approach is also helpful. Compulsory "modules ouverts" : MOD "le système électrique" ; MOS "Energie et Impact sur l'Environnement" Recommended "Module Ouverts" : MOD "Energie-stockage -conversion" ; MOS "Macro-Energie" ; MOS "Confort et énergie de l'habitat".