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Energy Engineering, Aalborg

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Energy Engineering

Would you like to contribute to making energy environmentally friendly? To supply the world with energy in new ways? Ensure sustainable and cost-effective energy? The problems lie in the future, but the solutions must be found now! You can choose to study one or two semesters in the Bachelor's programme in Energy Engineering at Aalborg University.

At Aalborg University, we offer a study programme in Energy Engineering targeted at the demands and challenges which the future poses.

The programme is founded on research-based teaching and problem based project-organised learning. As a guest student, you will contribute to maintaining and strengthening a healthy environment. The Department of Energy Technology conducts research on alternative and environmentally friendly energy sources as well as on savings on energy consumption and optimisation of energy systems in all aspects.

The teaching is carried out in English, and hence, many international students study here. Therefore, aside from strong academic skills, you will also build a strong international profile within your area.

During each semester, courses constitute half the study time, while the other half has focus on project work carried out in groups – often working closely with the Department of Energy’s research environments and/or external companies.

This is a full-time study programme so you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend the majority of your day there.

At the Department of Energy Technology, you will find a lot of well-equipped and modern laboratories enabling you to carry out exciting laboratory experiments and tests. These tests will verify the theoretical analysis, which you apply during the project work. The laboratories make it possible to perform realistic tests within the electrical, thermal, hydraulic and mechanical area, as they include advanced computer-based measurement and control facilities.

Specialisations

During the 5th and/or 6th semester, you choose a specialisation in one of the following areas:

Full curriculum for the programme




Electrical Energy

Knowledge of electrical energy is important for modern society to function well. Renewable power production and new energy saving apparatus are undergoing a fast development process to deal with environmental issues like global warming. The need for non-polluting energy systems like wind power and the use of electric cars for transportation, in order to reduce CO2 emissions and create a cleaner environment.

There is a need for Electrical Energy engineers experienced in:

  • environmentally friendly energy production and consumption
  • exploiting renewable energy sources like wind, solar and wave energy
  • developing energy-efficient systems and products for various applications
  • maintaining Denmark’s leading position within the area of energy.

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5TH SEMESTER: DESIGN OF POWER ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS

The purpose of this semester is to solve problems concerning design and control of power electronic appliances. Control strategies are to be implemented using analog circuits, microcontrollers, digital signal processors or similar. The electrical interaction between the converter and the surrounding systems is to be analysed, and a business case of the power electronic device or system have to be developed as well. Testing of the studied equipment and control in the laboratory is an important part of the project.

Project examples:

  • Digital audio amplifier
  • Reactive power control using a power converter
  • Electro-Magnetic Interference reduction with a pacemaker
  • Harmonic interaction between a converter and an electrical machine
  • Wireless charging of electric vehicles

6TH SEMESTER: BSC PROJECT: TRANSMISSION AND CONVERSION OF ENERGY IN ELECTRICAL MACHINES AND POWER SYSTEMS

The objective of this semester is to study an electrical machine and/or an electric power system. The interaction with the surrounding system or the associated power electronics may also be included in the project. The primary focus is the steady-state analysis of the chosen electric machine or electric power system. Partial or complete dimensioning of the system may be needed in order to construct a realistic simulation model and test the proposed solutions. The aim is to gain a deeper knowledge about the different parts of the system and the overall functioning. The proposed solution is to be tested in the laboratory to validate the theoretical results.

Project examples:

  • Influence of grid connected wind generators on the power quality
  • Performance evaluation of induction machine
  • Maximum Power Point Tracking of photovoltaic cells connected to low voltage grids
  • Electric drivetrain generator for recumbent bikes
  • DC grid for renewable energy sources

continue on a Master of Science (MSc) programme

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme in Energy with specialisation in Electrical Energy gives access to the following MSc specialisations in Energy Engineering (Aalborg):


Electric components

Mechatronics

Knowledge of mechatronics is important for a well-functioning modern society. For example, renewable power production techniques and existing energy conversion techniques are undergoing radical changes in order to generate, distribute and use energy in a better way than done today. Proper design and improvement of highly integrated and multi-disciplinary systems and components require knowledge of many engineering fields like e.g. mechanics, hydraulics, electronics and control systems: this is the cornerstone of engineers with specialization in Mechatronics.

Engineers with a degree in Mechatronics may for example work with detailed development and improvements of

  • environmentally friendly energy production and consumption systems and components
  • renewable energy sources like wind, solar and wave energy
  • energy-efficient systems and products for various applications in order to maintain Denmark’s strong position within energy technology and renewable energy.

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5TH SEMESTER: ANALYSIS OF A MECHATRONIC SYSTEM

Proper understanding of the operating principles is of fundamental importance for all system design. On this background the main focus in this semester theme is to analyse a specific mechatronic system that consists of different sub-systems. Mathematical models must be formulated that take all main characteristic of the multidisciplinary system into account. In this way experience is obtained with the operating principles and the analysis of e.g. power electronics, electrical actuators, simple mechanical components, sensors and transducers. Also, the dynamic control of a mechatronic system is part of the project theme. Laboratory work is also a core part of the theme.

Project examples:

  • Modelling and analysis of dual-link robotic manipulator for energy efficient motion control
  • Analysis and control performance improvement of valve for liquid cooling systems
  • Analysis of energy harvesting device for Internet of Things (IoT) applications

6TH SEMESTER: DESIGN OF A MECHATRONIC SYSTEM

To solve a specific task, a mechatronic system must be designed in a systematic way. This requires evaluation and benchmarking of different possible solution in order to determine the
suitability of various technologies. A model-based design philosophy is used to find a solution that fulfill the task requirements taking practical limitations into account. The designed product or a sub-part of it are realized in the laboratory, tested and the performance is compared to the characteristics predicted by the model.

Project examples:

  • Design of miniature switching valve for energy efficiency fluid power converters
  • Design of gripper with force feedback for robot application
  • Vibration damping system for agriculture machinery

continue on a Master of Science (MSc) programme

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme in Energy Engineering with specialisation in Mechatronics gives access to the following MSc specialisations in Energy Engineering (Aalborg) and Sustainable Energy Engineering (Esbjerg):


Student in lab

Thermal energy

Thermal energy is a necessity in both the current and a future renewable energy supply. We require efficient heating (district heating, heat pumps, etc.) and cooling/refrigeration for dwellings and industrial processes. The efficient use of waste heat and utilisation of low temperature heat reservoirs through heat pumps is required to balance the increasing intermittent power production from for instance wind and solar power. Heat storage at low or high temperature serves as a cost efficient way of storing surplus electricity. Furthermore, the technologies enable us to match the future heat demand in case of urban densification and introduction of low energy buildings.

The efficient use of the limited biomass resources is another area where thermal energy systems will play a major role. The proper heat integration of for instance power-to-fuel-systems or systems intended to produce renewable chemicals through electrolysis and biomass, is a requirement.

Several industrial processes involve thermal conversion technologies. We need advanced heat integration technologies in order to save energy in these processes.

There is a need for thermal energy engineers experienced in:

  • environmentally friendly  heating, cooling and refrigeration systems
  • integrating renewable energy sources like wind and solar energy with thermal storages and the required complex thermal conversion technologies
  • developing energy efficient and heat integrated power-to-fuel or power-to-x systems
  • identifying and realizing energy savings in industrial thermal conversion processes
  • maintaining Denmark’s leading position within the area of thermal energy systems where we currently have a world-leading position in industry and a unique knowledge

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5TH SEMESTER: DESIGN OF ENERGY SYSTEMS

The semester should give students competencies within the numerical modeling and optimisation of thermal systems operated in steady state mode. The system to be modelled can include any kind of thermal multi-component system or thermal cycle. This could be a power plant, an industrial energy system, a chemical processing plant etc.

Project examples:

  • Modelling and optimisation of hybrid low energy air-conditioning systems
  • Analysis, modelling, and optimisation of a combined heat and power plants
  • Optimisation of  the utilisation of exhaust gas from ships in organic Rankine cycles
  • Modelling and heat integration of electrolysis based power to fuel production systems
  • Modelling of complex fuel cell systems

6TH SEMESTER: THERMO MECHANICAL ENERGY SYSTEMS

The 6th semester is also the semester, where the students write their Bachelor of Science (BSc) Thesis. The objective of this semester is to provide knowledge about the construction of flow machines and components used in thermal energy systems. As a result of overall analysis, limitations due to the dynamic interactions on these systems are to be outlined. Environmental issues in relation to the thermal systems are to be considered. A typical project on this semester will also include experimental test to verify mathematical models.

Project examples:

  • Design, modelling and test of a vertical axis wind turbine
  • Investigation of clogging in wastewater pumps in part load
  • PIV analysis of the flow field around the tongue in a wastewater pump
  • Modelling and experimental investigations of gasturbines
  • Design and optimisation of impellers for centrifugal pumps
  • Development and test of advanced propellers for drones

continue on a MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSC) programme

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) programme in Energy Engineering with specialisation in Thermal Energy gives access to the following MSc specialisations in Energy Engineering (Aalborg) and Sustainable Energy Engineering (Esbjerg):

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Student Counsellors

If you have questions regarding study life, exams or the like, please feel free to contact our student guidance counsellors Terkil Bak-Jensen and Maria Paulsen.

The student guidance counsellors are under an obligation to maintain confidentiality.

Terkil Bak-Jensen

Maria Paulsen

E-mail

energy.sg@et.aau.dk

Address

Fibigerstræde 16, room 3-008
9220 Aalborg Oest, DK

Phone

Maria: +45 93 56 20 47
Terkil: +45 93 56 20 48

Skype

It is also possible to schedule a Skype call with Maria and Terkil. Please send them an e-mail for further details.