InnoEnergy trains future leaders to manage the energy transition in partnership with Instituto Superior Técnico

Interviewed by Jornal Económico, Krzysztof Pikon, programme director of the master Energy Transition, explains to whom this programme is dedicated, how much does it costs and what are the objectives that it aims to achieve. There are scholarships for the best candidates.

Krzysztof Pikon, programme director of the master Energy Transition, explains to Jornal Económico how much it costs, when does it start and the benefits to who attends it.

To what extent does the programme Energy Transition that InnoEnergy will launch with Instituto Superior Técnico responds to a market need?

Energy transition accurately describes what the course is offering and reflects the changing needs of the industry. Additionally, the program itself has changed and improved in many parts. Now it develops leaders who can manage the transition. Through the curriculum students learn; how to implement clean combustion technologies, how to substitute old fossil fuels with new generation fuels and how to replace old systems with efficient renewable ones.

Energy transition is a great opportunity for the Portuguese economy. It could boost the Portuguese economy and make it a global player in the energy sector. It could help in positioning Portugal as an innovative economy dominated by entrepreneurial spirit.

Which institutions will launch the master’s programme? What is the role of each?

In Portugal, the master is taught at Instituto Superior Técnico, a renowned university that, among other master’s programmes from InnoEnergy, is one of the universities included in the Energy Transition programme.

Graduates receive 2 diplomas – issued by AGH in Cracow, Poland or Silesian University of Technology – both are one of the best universities in Central Europe – and the IST in Lisbon – a leading university in renewable technology.

InnoEnergy is pioneering change in sustainable energy in Europe and in the world. Education helps reach this ambition. Each Master’s Programme by InnoEnergy is delivering about 100 students who think differently – focused on creativity, critical thinking, entrepreneurship – ready to solve problems and implement new solutions. The Energy Transition program represents the real and authentic spirit of InnoEnergy – to make an impact and lead the world towards a sustainable future

Who is it aimed at?

Graduates with a BSc in Energy, Fuels or Environmental Engineering are best suited to this program. The program is ideal for candidates who would like to gain skills and expertise across all aspects of the energy transition.

What skills can a student obtain?

The program is based on developing 3 types of skills: expert engineering; business oriented; behavioural/soft.

Students of the Energy Transition master program will acquire a comprehensive overview of present and future energy systems. They will acquire skills and expert knowledge on new energy technologies. This will include clean combustion technologies of conventional and alternative fuels, biomass, gasification, waste to energy and renewable solutions. Graduates will have a deep knowledge and understanding of how the energy system functions and its interconnected parts. They will have the knowledge and skills to successfully implement the circular economy concept at a company, national and international level.

Graduates will understand the innovation process from a technical and business perspective and can effectively apply their skills and knowledge within existing companies or in their own start-ups.

The program delivers skills in engineering, decision making, management together with soft skills relating to problem solving, design thinking, art of presentation, teamwork and leadership.

What is the programme’s duration and how much is the fee?

MSc Energy Transition is designed so students spend each year at a different University (AGH/SUT – first year, IST- second year), which means three partner universities are involved in implementing the program. Each student could have two possible paths; First year AGH, second year IST or First year SUT, second year IST.

The regular price of Energy Transition this year is 8K euro a year.

The best candidates can get tuition fee waivers and a monthly allowance of 750 euro.

Additionally, students are assisted by the staff for any type of issue. From the beginning to the end of study Students Assistance Officers will help and provide students guidance in any problem 24h per day.

When does the program start? Where? What is the applications deadline?

Studies could start in October or March giving students flexibility.

During the second-year students have extensive freedom of choice. By offering multiple elective courses, students can tailor the course to their needs. This is really good for those who are ambitious and want to change the world!

Energy Transition

What is energy transition? What does it imply?

The energy system is transitioning. The use of fossil fuels for electricity generation is decreasing with renewables changing the game. Numerous businesses are involved with the transition. The rise of renewables has pushed the energy system to shift from a central system to many decentralised energy sources that need to be connected. With more and more PV installations and EVs added on to the grid, the change and challenge is huge and there are many parts to consider.

The transformation of thousands of fossil fuel-based installations is commencing. The Energy Transition program provides skills and knowledge on how to improve existing installations to lower their environmental impact.

Currently 1400 new coal power plants are under construction all over the world. The total energy production from fossil fuels is 11148,84 Mtoe. This is more than 60% of the total energy demand. The current challenge in the world energy system is how to improve the efficiency of existing power plants.

The circular economy is one of the most rapidly developing ideas in the world! The power sector is a key for the circular economy. Students of Energy Transition program will acquire knowledge to make power systems better, more efficient, more environmentally friendly while generating less waste.

The energy transition is ongoing all over the world. This is definitely the future.

What type of jobs will it create and how many?

It is difficult to predict exactly. However, the transition will require jobs and create new opportunities.

Energy infrastructure is changing. This process will take time and jobs will be created.

A recent study from the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlighted this. According to their flagship report, named ‘World employment and social outlook 2018: Greening with jobs’, action to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius will result in the net creation of 18 million jobs worldwide by 2030. Additionally, a large part of those jobs will go the power sector’s transition.