The exhaustion of fossil fuel reserves and the environmental issues associated with the utilisation of these energy resources make it necessary for us to explore how we can find other sources of energy. This can be done by developing new conversion technologies and new fossil fuels derived from e.g. biomass, waste, by-products of different industrial processes or from atmospheric sources, such as the sun, the wind and the oceans.
The specialisation in Thermal Energy and Process Engineering focuses on these alternative energy sources to ensure that we have capable engineers in this field in the future. The ability to design new, innovative energy technologies and systems will be decisive in the future where competition both in terms of efficiency and environmental issues will be fierce in order to meet market and society requirements.
When studying Thermal Energy and Process Engineering, you primarily focus on thermal energy technologies and systems, and you work with 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 specialisation is multidisciplinary and covers the integration of general engineering disciplines, such as thermal systems, fluid- and aerodynamics, control engineering and electrical engineering.
You will work with topics such as:
- Design, modelling and optimisation of energy systems used in various energy production applications
- Operation, functionality and interaction between the various components of key thermal energy conversion technologies
- 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
- Practical realisation and implementation of thermal energy technologies and systems concerning innovative aspects, business planning and financial considerations
In your semester projects, you and your project group will work with relevant issues within the programme’s field of study that challenge you to use all of your knowledge to come up with possible solutions. You are encouraged to occasionally collaborate with external organisations and businesses in your projects to get an idea of the work processes and current issues in the industry. This will better prepare you for your own work life after you graduate.
This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.
Thermal Energy engineers with the specialisation in Thermal Energy and Process Engineering have a wide range of job opportunities. You can work in project engineering, research, development and management in Danish and international industries or public institutions. Examples of possible employers may be energy companies, process engineering companies, producers of high efficiency energy devices or consultancies.
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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 the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.
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. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.
When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.
COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.
YOUR TEACHER DOES RESEARCH
At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.
The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.
studying in aalborg
As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.
RATED FOR EXELLENCE
Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.