Master's Programme in Advanced Energy Solutions - Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes
There is an ongoing transition towards sustainable energy, which combines smartness, flexibility and environmental performance with customer acceptance and engagement. The new energy system will be a complex combination of central and local resources. This calls for new thinking of primary sources, production, markets, transmission, use and customers as producer-consumers, or prosumers.
This programme has four majors. In each of them, you will be provided with a solid theoretical background, which is then complemented with interdisciplinary studies to broaden and deepen your understanding of energy challenges in our society.
Solid knowledge on energy conversion and storage technologies is essential for designing and operating energy systems for a sustainable future. The Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major covers renewable energy technologies, computational fluid dynamics methods for energy, simulation of energy systems, energy storage, biomass conversion, and power plant technology. Students in the major become experts in energy technology. The major enables specialization in advanced areas such as bioenergy, computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer as well as process level simulation.
Provision of energy has a major impact on the environmental performance of society. Understanding principles and the effects of different energy conversion pathwas and their interaction is of utmost importance to operating the energy system effectively, while minimizing environmental impact. This major provides understanding of different aspects of energy conversion and storage. The major covers the fields of heat and power processes, energy conversion technologies and utilization of natural resources as energy carriers. In this major the student can also focus on computational methods. Renewable energy generation technologies as well as conventional thermal power processes are covered. Students in the major gain a strong education in energy technology as well as a deep knowledge of the advanced field in the discipline.
The major offers a firm theoretical base as well as practical tools and skills needed by engineers working in the field of energy. In order to prepare students for understanding complex and multidisciplinary problems in the field, the major is designed to be flexible. Courses include theoretical considerations, experimental work, industrial applications, and first-hand experience. The major prepares students for current and future challenges faced by energy companies, manufacturing industry, consulting companies and society. Students are well-prepared to pursue doctoral studies.
Upon completion of the major, the student will be able to:
- Understand existing and emerging biomass sources for sustainable energy use
- Apply proper tools and software to simulate and design energy conversion processes
- Analyze systems using the principles of thermodynamics, energy balances, and heat and mass transfer
- Evaluate different energy conversion methods, their restrictions and applicability to various situations
- Create solutions for energy industry
Structure of studies
The master’s degree (120 credits) consists of the major studies, elective studies and a master’s thesis.
Major studies (65 cr) consists of
- 15 cr of common studies shared by all majors of the Advanced Energy Solutions programme
- 20 cr of major-specific common studies
- 30 cr advanced studies.
Common courses give the student a basic understanding of the field. Specialisation is built mainly through advanced studies, where students may choose courses from different topic groups. Topic groups within the Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major are Bioenergy Conversion, Renewable Energy, and Computational Energy Technology.
Elective studies (25 cr) are chosen entirely by the student. The master’s thesis (30 cr) concludes the degree.
Read more on the programme pages.
Graduates of the programme are capable of acting as an expert of in at least one of the following areas: renewable energy, energy conversion technologies, bioenergy or computational energy technology.
Typical employers are energy companies, energy-intensive industries, engineering and consulting companies as well as universities and research institutes. Graduates will able to apply novel, adaptive and socially intelligent thinking and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration with well-trained project management skills for entrepreneurship initiatives concerning energy solutions.
Applicants to the program must first meet the general eligibility criteria and language requirements common to all Master’s programs in Advanced Energy Solutions.
The selection process for the major Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes is competitive and paper-based. Applications that pass the eligibility check of Aalto University Admissions Services (administrative evaluation) proceed to the programme specific academic evaluation.
The following academic evaluation criteria will be used:
- university/higher education institution; recognized for high quality of education and research
- degree and relevance of studies; suit very well or excellent to the study option
- academic performance; need to be mainly very good or excellent
- motivation and commitment; should be clearly in connection with the study option
With questions regarding the admission process, please contact Aalto University Admission Services: [email protected]
With questions regarding the content of programme and studies, please contact: [email protected]
Professor Martti Larmi, School of Engineering
Sustainable Energy Conversion Processes major:
Responsible Professor Ville Vuorinen