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.