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Sustainable Energy Technology

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English (100%)
24 months
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Program description

The Master’s degree program Sustainable Energy Technology trains engineers with a broadly based knowledge of energy technology. You will be highly familiar with the latest developments.

The Master’s degree program Sustainable Energy Technology delivers energy experts with more than technical knowledge alone. They also have an understanding of economics, policy and innovation processes. This combination is a clear advantage for employers.

The program provides students with a strong technology knowledge base in sustainable energy. In the first year students will gain more in-depth knowledge in sustainable energy resources by lectures and project work. Halfway during the first year students will begin to specialize so that they can dedicate the full second year to their specialization, including an internship and a graduation project. 

The demand for Sustainable Energy Technology engineers is strong. Eindhoven University of Technology is in the world’s top 20 institutes carrying out research into alternative energy, according to a study by the scientific publisher Elsevier.

Sustainable Energy Technology Curriculum

The first year consists of core courses and elective courses. You can follow elective courses in the specializations: Energy from Biomass, Hydrogen, Solar Energy, Energy and Society, Electrical Power Engineering, Wind Energy and Sustainable Energy in the Built Environment. You can find a description of the courses on the website. The second year consists of the internship and the graduation project which takes place under the supervision of the participating research group. 

Sustainable Energy Technology graduates are able to design and evaluate sustainable energy systems considering technical, societal and environmental aspects. They combine a multidisciplinary approach with in-depth knowledge in one of the main subjects within sustainable energy. You can graduate as well as in-depth as in with. 

Instruction modes
Lectures, case studies, practical assignments, group work, individual assignments, thesis work.

Sustainable Energy Technology Specializations

The discipline of Sustainable Energy Technology combines a number of specializations. The multidisciplinary research in the field of sustainable energy technology is organized into the following themes, which are also the focal areas of research. The list below provides insight in the research groups involved in the research specialization. Within most of the themes, several research groups work on a specialist field. On the pages where the specializations are explained, you can find more information about the research group and the specific research they perform.

The Sustainable Energy Technology program has seven graduation tracks in which you can specialize: 

Energy from biomass
One of the hurdles to large-scale adaptation of biomass based energy is the formation of tars in the producer gas.

Much of the research in the field of biomass is hence devoted to cracking these tars, inhibition of tar formation and gas cleaning with pulsed corona discharges. Another topic within biomass research is the coupling of knowledge of reactions on a small scale to what happens in a reactor on a large scale. Data revealed by experiments on micrometer-scale particles in a grid reactor can be used for the modeling and simulation of the behavior of large scale biomass conversion systems.

Solar Energy
However, they are still too expensive for large-scale grid- connected applications.

A considerable potential for cost reduction derives from further technology development (improvement of the present technology, development of new cell designs, application of new materials and development of production processes) and the so-called system approach (integrated solar cell/ thermal combi-panels delivering electricity and heat).

Wind Energy
The DUWind research program is divided into 4 program lines: unsteady aerodynamic loads, smart dynamic control (smart structures), offshore design methodology and concepts and components.

The research program focuses on long-term research efforts, where the character of this research will be fundamental, oriented on pioneering technology and/or serving the demands for the future large-scale application of wind power. 

Hydrogen Technology
The goal of this research is to promote the development and implementation of sustainable chemistry and related technologies into new products and processes in the area of hydrogen production.

Particularly, the research is targeted on development of integrated catalytic micro reactor systems (fuel processors) for on-board hydrogen production. Critical issues in developing onboard fuel processor technology are the final size of the complete unit and the start-up time, both of which need to be minimized. Compared to conventional reactors micro structured reactors are smaller, more efficient, modular and lightweight, allow fast heat and mass transfer in order to maintain the different parts of a fuel processor/ fuel cell system at optimal conditions.

Electrical power engineering
The objective is to sustain a constant and reliable energy supply.

The research on intelligent network has its focus on design methodologies for distribution networks with adaptive control systems. Investigations on Power Quality items in electrical power networks are a second main point in research. 

The group 'electromechanics and power electronics' investigates the integration of sustainable energy sources on the low voltage network by using power electronic converters. An example of research is the energy management of systems based on biomass and fuel cells.

Energy and society
Energy sources like coal and gas will change, but the infrastructure, organization, regulation and use of energy will change as well.

Research within this theme focuses on the transformation of energy systems including both technical and non-technical aspects, and on the policy options available for influencing this process. Understanding the dynamics of complex systems like the electricity system is one of the main areas of research. Such systems are really embedded in society and difficult to change. Although many sustainable energy technologies are available, they have a hard time to break through. Research aims at analyzing and stimulating those promising technologies in both advanced as well as developing economies. 

Another main theme is the role of energy consumers. The consumer research focuses on the interface between energy systems and humans. New energy technologies can only be successfully introduced or improved if they are designed to be adaptive to the needs and capacities of its users.

Sustainable energy in the built environment
Conditioning of the indoor environment (ventilation, heating, cooling, and lighting) takes a significant share in this energy use.

Within the group 'Building Physics and Systems' the goal is to arrive at energy efficient (even energy producing) buildings and built environment, while at the same time taking into account the health and comfort requirements set by the occupants of that building (or even products or processes). The research is focused on the integral design of sustainable (low-energy) technology in the built environment.

Sustainable Energy Technology Related Programs

Besides the MSc Sustainable Energy Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology offers a range of other Energy Technology related programs such as the Electrical Engineering Master

See which programs are related to the MSc Sustainable Energy Technology

Sustainable Energy Technology Scholarships

Students who would like to register for the Master Sustainable Energy Technology will need to have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses. Getting a scholarship could be the first step towards obtaining a top MSc degree at Eindhoven University of Technology.

See which scholarships you can apply for if you want to do the Sustainable Energy Technology MSc program.

About Eindhoven University of Technology

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Our education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to:

- science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy,  Health and Smart Mobility
- science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry
- science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education

Excellent Education
We see it as our duty to train engineers to possess a sound scientific basis and scientific depth. They also have the necessary skills to successfully flourish in social sectors and functions.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

(University) BSc in mechanical engineering, applied physics, chemical engineering, energy technology, electrical engineering or equivalent study.

Grade average

For admission a minimum of 75% CGPA. For entry to Talent Scholarship Program a minimum of 80% CGPA.

Written request

Letter of motivation

Language requirements

CPE: C1, IELTS overall band: 6.5, TOEFL internet based: 90

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