Specialist modules at IST

Fuels

 Topics for study

  • Conventional fuels
  • Bio-fuels and other alternative fuels involving the transfer phenomena of thermodynamics
  • The catalysis and kinetics of reactions in fuel-production processes
  • Waste-to-energy and geo-resources
  • Optimisation of energy resources and industrial processes, including economic analysis and cost/benefit evaluations

 Learning outcomes

  1. The ability to identify and quantify physical and chemical phenomena associated with the production and use of fuels
  2. The ability to select appropriate technological solutions for given situations thanks to:
    1. A thorough knowledge of the technologies and industrial processes available in the market
    2. An informed perspective of their future development
  3. The ability to perform economic analysis and cost/benefit and risk evaluations on specific technologies

Potential career opportunities

  1. Organisations involved in the production and management of fuels, in particular, large corporations engaged in the production of conventional and alternative fuels
  2. R&D centres at an industrial and academic level
  3. Management of diverse forms of urban and industrial waste, particularly the production of energy from biomass
  4. Industrial production and use of fuels from different sources

Energy Conversion

Topics for study

  • The energy conversion processes in various forms, including mechanical, electrical, chemical, nuclear, and electrochemical
  • The efficient integration, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment in industry, buildings and transportation
  • Economic analysis and cost benefit evaluation of energy conversion processes

Learning outcomes

  1. The ability to identify and quantify physical and chemical phenomena involved in energy conversion
  2. The ability to select the most appropriate technological solutions and processes for a given case, taking into account electro-mechanical and thermo-mechanical energy production and storage
  3. The ability to design energy conversion systems for industrial applications
  4. The ability to analyse and evaluate the impact of energy conversion systems, taking into account energy and financial sustainability and the valuation of energy resources

Potential career opportunities

Industrial, urban and transportation sectors including:

  1. Installation of high-voltage electric energy
  2. Installation of support emergency and co-generation, wind farms, hydroelectric power plants, thermal power plants, industrial refrigeration, and air conditioning systems
  3. Railway systems, maritime transport and electric vehicles

Energy Efficiency

 Topics for study

  • The efficiency of complex energy systems, covering concept, design and use in integrated industrial, urban and transportation systems
  • Economic analysis of energy systems, the optimisation of natural resources, and efficient final energy use

Learning outcomes

  1. The ability to develop energy system simulation models
  2. The ability to incorporate intelligent energy management systems based on information, control and automation systems
  3. The ability to implement management and operation strategies for systems that promote reduced energy consumption and the use of more energy-efficient equipment
  4. The ability to perform energy evaluations of building, fleet and industrial systems

 Potential career opportunities

  1. Organisations that use or produce energy in the industrial, urban or transportation sectors

Renewable Energy

 Topics for study

  • Sources of renewable energy: solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, ocean, biomass and biofuels, including their energy resource and the available operational technologies
  • Economic analysis and cost benefit evaluation

Learning outcomes

  1. The ability to identify and quantify the physical and chemical processes associated with energy conversion in general
  2. The ability to develop models that simulate or identify the available potential of renewable energies
  3. The ability to evaluate specific technological solutions, taking into consideration both economic and environmental aspects
  4. The ability to evaluate electric, thermal and mechanical energy systems for generating, storing or distributing energy from renewable sources
  5. The ability to originate and design systems for remote electric grids or for connecting transportation or energy distribution grids
  6. The ability to analyse and evaluate the integration and technical and economic viability of energy production systems from renewable sources

 Potential career opportunities

  1. Wind farms, hydroelectric power plants, bio-mass power plants, co-generation power plants, photovoltaic or thermoelectric power plants
  2. Systems for heat generation