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Thermal Energy and Process Engineering

Thermal Energy and Process Engineering

Thermal Energy and Process Engineering

The incessant exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves and the environmental issues associated with the utilisation of these energy resources necessitate the development of not only new conversion technologies, but also new, non-fossil fuels. These may e.g. be derived from biomass, waste, from by-products of different industrial processes or from atmospheric sources, such as the sun, the wind and the oceans. The ability to design new, innovative energy technologies and systems will be decisive in the future, where competitiveness both in terms of efficiency and environmental issues will be fierce in order to meet market and society requirements.

The MSc specialisation in Thermal Energy and Process Engineering (TEPE) is primarily focused on thermal energy technologies and systems, and it covers advanced aspects of energy system modelling, heat- and mass transfer, control engineering and experimental work with focus on different components and energy system aspects.

The themes for the three semesters are particularly focused on thermal energy and process engineering and an in-depth understanding of the technologies and scientific disciplines involved in energy conversion, utilisation and transport. The education is multidisciplinary and covers the integration of general engineering disciplines, such as thermal systems, fluid- and aerodynamics, control engineering and electrical engineering.


The objectives of the Thermal Energy and Process Engineering MSc syllabus are:

  • General understanding of the design, modelling and optimisation of energy systems used in various energy production applications
  • Understanding the detailed operation, functionality and interaction between the various components of key thermal energy conversion technologies
  • Detailed insight into system integration with respect to both system efficiency and control engineering aspects of energy systems
  • Developing, constructing and operating thermal energy conversion technologies in the laboratory and in real applications, and
  • Insight into the topics related to the practical realisation and implementation of thermal energy technologies and systems concerning both innovative aspects, business planning and economical considerations.

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Topics you will study

  • Can we develop efficient and sustainable methods for production of bio fuels and bio materials?
  • How can we develop energy efficient processes for production of heat and power?
  • Can we develop energy harvesting systems using thermal and mechanical energy to run e.g. sensors and surveillance systems?
  • Can we design small, efficient and silent vertical- axis wind turbines for use in an urban environment?
  • How do we develop efficient methods for energy storage applications for transport systems for humans and goods?
  • How do we estimate the energy potential of a wind turbine?
  • How can we develop models for wind simulation in complex landscapes such as forests and hills?
  • How do we design cyclic processes for exploitation of so lar energy to produce electricity?

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Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

Problem based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning, where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for problem based learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and UNESCO has placed its only professorial chair in PBL at Aalborg University.
The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner.

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

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