Programme Structure

course descriptions

The Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology has five course categories:

INTRODUCTORY COURSE ON TECHNOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This introductory course starts by defining the concepts of sustainability and sustainable development. Different perspectives on sustainable development are discussed from the viewpoints of various groups in society (government, business, NGOs, the general public), with an eye to understanding and solving different problems faced by industrialized countries and developing countries, and based on different paradigms and worldviews.

CORE COURSES: ENERGY FROM BIOMASS, SOLAR ENERGY, WIND ENERGY, HYDROGEN

  • Energy from Biomass
    The course introduces you to global energy resources with a focus on biomass. You will learn about the physical and chemical properties of this highly diverse potential energy source. We will discuss the basic principles of biomass conversion steps such as drying, storage, torrefaction, pyrolysis, gasification and combustion. You will also learn about the chemical, thermodynamic, heat and mass transfer aspects of the various conversion processes. 
  • Solar Energy
    You will be introduced to a number of potential solar energy applications and you will learn about the environmental impact of solar energy. Subsequently, you will study topics related to irradiance, PV systems and components such as inverters and batteries. You will explore the basic component of PV systems, the PV module, in greater depth.
  • Wind Energy
    This course will provide you with clear insights into the design process of wind turbines and wind farms. You will be introduced to the science of wind energy conversion systems.
  • Hydrogen
    Hydrogen is a promising energy source for the future. However, using hydrogen in everyday life means overcoming a variety of technological, chemical, social and economic challenges. Hydrogen has tremendous potential as a future fuel thanks to its very high efficiency, for example when used in fuel cells. During the course, experts from research institutes and industry will address aspects that are crucial to arriving at the practical, efficient and safe use of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source. The topics will include the catalytic, sustainable and reaction-engineering aspects of hydrogen production, its purification, separation, storage for transport, and its application in fuel cells for power generation.

COURSES TO REACH MINIMUM BASIC LEVELS IN MATHEMATICS, PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY AND DESIGN ENGINEERING

  • Transport Phenomena
  • Energy Conversion Technologies

 COURSES IN SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • Energy and Economy
  • System Innovation and Strategic Niche Management

 SYSTEM INTEGRATION COURSES

  • Electrical Power Engineering and System Integration
  • Sustainability
  • Integration and SET Internship
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