Energy consumption in industry has a great impact on the sustainability of the energy system and the society as a whole. Understanding, managing and designing energy intensive industrial processes resource efficiently is a key issue in the field of energy. This major provides understanding of energy and process industry, their main challenges and the possibilities for development.
This major addresses engineering knowledge involved in energy intensive industrial processes, heat and power processes, biomass conversion and energy efficiency in the industry. Students in the major gain a strong education of energy technology as well as a deep knowledge of the advanced fields in this discipline.
The major offers a firm theoretical base as well as practical tools and skills needed by engineers working on the field of industry. In order to prepare students for understanding complex and multidisciplinary problems of the field, the major is designed to be flexible. Courses include theoretical considerations, experimental work, industrial applications, and first-hand experience.
This major addresses fundamental chemical engineering knowledge and unit operations involved in chemical processes integrated to energy storage, energy conversion, recycling technologies and sustainability. This includes thermodynamics, mass and energy balances on reacting systems, chemical equilibria, chemical kinetics, catalysis, role of inter- and intraphase heat and mass transfer. Modelling and simulation has an important role in the analysis and design of energy processes. The major demonstrates the above concepts to the analysis of thermochemical processes and of selected chemical processes relevant to the energy sector. Processing of biomass and energy feedstocks, as well as combustion processes with low environmental impact and the abatement of polluting emissions in flue gases are also covered. The major covers the fields of heat and power processes, energy conversion technologies, bio-energy and the issues related to improvement of energy efficiency in the industry. The student can also focus on computational methods. Further, if the emphasis of energy automation and control, graduates can have knowledge on automation, control and information systems, measurement techniques, production planning and industrial internet.
Upon completion of the major, the student will be able to:
- Understand the existing and emerging biomass sources for sustainable industrial use
- Understand the theory, design and operation of energy-related industrial systems
- Understand fundamentals of bio-based thermochemical processes
- Apply proper tools and software to simulate and design energy-related processes
- Analyse systems with the principles of thermodynamics, energy balances, and heat and mass transfer
- Analyse energy efficiency of industrial processes and systems
- Create solutions for energy intensive industry
Structure of studies
The Master’s degree (120 credits) consists of the Major studies, Elective studies and a Master’s thesis.
The major studies (65 cr) are divided into programme common courses (15 cr), major common courses (20 cr) and advanced studies (30 cr). The programme common courses (15 cr) are compulsory for all. For the major common courses (20 cr) students may select from a number of courses with some restrictions. Both the programme common courses and major common courses are completed in the beginning of the studies. In the advanced studies (30 cr) students can choose from a variety of courses.
For elective studies (25 cr) students can choose courses offered by Aalto University, including other courses under the Advanced Energy Solutions programme.
The Master’s thesis (30 credits) concludes the degree.
Read more on the programme pages.