Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group

  • Rendsburggade 14

    9000 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Research area

The Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group works with an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable energy planning. The subject of study is energy planning in general and focus is on technical and geographical aspects, such as energy system analysis, and economic and institutional aspects, such as feasibility studies and public regulation seen in the light of technological change.

Energy Planning in practice

In practice, the work of the research group comprises:

  • Definition of strategies for the development of energy conservation, renewable energy sources, and combined heat and power production (CHP)
  • Design and analysis of specific proposals for integrating wind power and CHP
  • Development of computer programmes for designing CHP investments
  • Design and application of analytical models of local and national energy systems
  • Regular involvement in the design of the Danish energy policy and its implementation


The research group has the main responsibility for the Master's programme of Sustainable Energy Planning & Management. Further, the group is involved in PhD education at the International Doctoral School of Technology and Science at Aalborg University.

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District heating Engineering & Materials Science
Electricity Engineering & Materials Science
Wind power Engineering & Materials Science
Heating Engineering & Materials Science
Costs Engineering & Materials Science
energy Earth & Environmental Sciences
Economics Engineering & Materials Science
Cooling Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 1999 2022

Research Output 1994 2020

Half a century of energy policy, planning and debate - summary and outlook

Arler, F. & Sperling, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Ethics and energy policy: Danish energy policy and planning since the 1960s with a special focus on the transition to sustainability. Arler, F. (ed.). London: Routledge, 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to book/anthology/report/conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Local government innovation in the energy sector: a study of key actors' motives and arguments

Sperling, K. & Arler, F., 2020, (Submitted) In : Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

A comprehensive framework for strategic energy planning based on Danish and international insights

Jensen, L. K. & Sperling, K., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Energy Strategy Reviews.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access


Best Publication Award

Behnam Zakeri (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Other prizes

life cycle

Best Paper Award

Behnam Zakeri (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Conference prizes


Activities 2002 2019

Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES) (Event)

Iva Ridjan Skov (Chairman)
1 Oct 20196 Oct 2019

Activity: MembershipsMembership of committees, commissions, boards, councils, associations, organisations, or similar

University of the Highlands and Islands

Hannah Mareike Marczinkowski (Visiting researcher)
20 Sep 2019

Activity: Visiting another research institution

Heriot-Watt University

Hannah Mareike Marczinkowski (Visiting researcher)
16 Sep 2019

Activity: Visiting another research institution

Press / Media

Professor: Forbrugerne kommer til at betale for fjernvarmesalg

Frede Hvelplund


8 items of Media coverage

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SF bakker op om både el og biobrændstoffer

Brian Vad Mathiesen


3 items of Media coverage

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Pengene til regeringens grønne satsning blæser i havvinden

Brian Vad Mathiesen


1 item of Media coverage

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