Mid-May, MSc SELECT students gathered to attend the SELECT Spring Seminar that took place at Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. Great opportunity for them to share their experiences, insights, and passion for innovation and sustainable energy.
This annual event brings together first and second year students from all partner universities of the SELECT programme. The event introduces participants to the cutting-edge research found in the curricula, and trains them in group discussions in an international setting. It is also the occasion for second year students to present their thesis work to their peers.
In the following paragraphs, 4 soon-to-be graduated SELECT students describe the master thesis projects that they have been conducted in the final term, and share some of their personal learning outcomes. Exciting to see how they already contribute in tackling sustainable energy challenges, not only in Europe but also in Africa and Asia Pacific region!
Thank you for your contribution, and congratulations on all that they have accomplished!
Degradation study of photovoltaic modules, corresponding to four different thin film technology, after outdoor long-term exposure in Madrid, Spain.
“In the field of photovoltaic (PV) generation of electricity, thin film solar cells represent a promising and cost effective alternative to crystalline silicon solar cells, however they still present technical issues. The main one is their strong performance degradation when they are exposed to sunlight. The objective of the thesis is to evaluate the performance degradation of thin film PV modules located in Madrid and based on different thin film technologies. Real data were collected every five minutes for five years, and from their elaboration it is possible to evaluate the evolution of the modules output power. During the master thesis work I achieved a deep understanding of thin film PV technologies and their degradation modes, as well as skills in software such as Matlab and Simulink.”
District heating potential assessment through a GIS-TIMES-LOCAL economical optimization model supported by Earth observation data
“The project is to develop a methodology for heat plan focusing on district heating development to obtain a closer prospect of the market potential. It combines the use of different tools, including QGIS for geographic information system, TIMES for energy system modelling and Microsoft Access for database management. The case study in an area in Krakow city is in line with the interests of EDF Polska expanding heat market in Krakow. Through the project, I not only acquire the knowledge of new tools but also try to practice and integrate them. It is also vital to learn how to compromise myself under some unfavorable situations like limited time or incomplete databases. Fortunately, I have a great support from my supervisor Dr inż. Artur Wyrwa who inspires me by his knowledge and experience. After the graduation, I will join his team for a European project to continue my work.”
Ida Aba Mannoh
Energy Systems Modeling and Evaluation for the residential sector of urban areas in developing countries: Case Study in Accra, Ghana
“I am attempting to create a program/ tool that gives the hourly energy demand with time for any number of houses in urban areas of Ghana. This is to support Swedish startup Asaduru with their pilot project in Ghana. I am also attempting to link this model with development indices such as the GDP & per capita income, such that with data on one of these, we can predict the energy demand profile in either urban or rural areas of developing countries and can also forecast these values. This tool will be helpful to estate developers, project planners and energy planners.”
Environmental Benefit and Economic Potential of Used Oil Re-refining in Asia-Pacific
“I got involved in the post development of Nexcel, an easy-to-change unit containing both engine oil and filter during my internship in BP, the UK. I found that there is an obvious imbalance between demand of re-refined base oil and existing re-refining capacity in Asia-Pacific. Therefore I decide to analyze the re-refining industry in this region by creating an Innovation Ecosystem including Nexcel technology as well as advanced re-refining technology. Moreover, business models regarding each stakeholder in the ecosystem are created to analyze their chances and challenges. I really got some insights into the re-refining industry and learnt to solve problems from an overall perspective.”