Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

Joint Nordic Master’s degree programme, 2 years

Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering

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Heat and Power Engineering

MS ISEE Study Track: Heat and Power Engineering,

Course Table: 2019/2020

  1. Year Aalto University: School of Engineering, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Mika Järvinen
  2. Year Chalmers University of Technology: Dept. of Energy and Environment, Carl Johan Linderholm

Study track focus and goal:

This track meets the challenge set global warming and depletion of fossil fuel resources by providing state-of-the-art education in advanced technologies and systems for efficient, clean and competitive conversion, distribution and use of electricity, heating and cooling.

Training is provided in the use of optimization and modelling tools for design and planning on the technical plant level, including state-of-the-art technologies, at the same time that necessary knowledge on energy systems is given in order to gain perspective.  After completion, the student will be well poised for a career within a large number of sectors  in industry which utilizes energy, as well as academia.  The enormous transformations needed in the energy system in the future, will make such knowledge indespensible and highly valuable.

Learning outcomes:

  • Students become skilled in analysis, optimization and design of combined heat and power plants and industrial heat processes, acquiring also state-of-the-art knowledge on technologies for fuel conversion with reduced or zero CO2 emissions (biomass and waste conversion, Carbon Capture and Storage technologies).
  • By acquiring complementary knowledge on an energy systems level, students are trained to approach problem-solving in an interdisciplinary way.
  • Students are prepared for a professional career within the energy industry and power generation companies.

Course Table

Course Table

  • Biofuel and bioenergy, AAE-E3050, 5 ECTS
  • Energy markets, EEN-E3006, 5 ECTS
  • Energy, Environment and Emission Control, EEN-E2007, 5 ECTS

Two elective course from this list:

  • AAE-E1000 Introduction to Advanced Energy Solutions (5 ECTS)
  • AAE-E3000 Advanced Energy Projects (5 ECTS) (I-II)
  • PHYS-E6572 Advanced Wind Power Technology (5 ECTS) (alternate years)
  • PHYS-C6370 Fundamentals of New Energy Sources (5 ECTS)

Totally 25 ECTS

Combustion Technology, EEN-E2002, 5 ECTS
Advances in New Energy Technologies, PHYS-E0483, 5 ECTS
Exercises in Energy Technology, EN-E3005, 5 ECTS
Energy and Environmental Economics, 31E01310, 5 ECTS
District heating and cooling, EEN-E3004, 5 ECTS

Elective courses from list

  • PHYS-E6570 Solar Energy Engineering (5 ECTS) (alternate years)
  • EEN-E2001 Computational Fluid Dynamics (5 ECTS)
  • PHYS-C1380 Multi-disciplinary energy perspectives (5 ECTS)
  • CHEM-E5145 Materials for Renewable Energy P (5 ECTS)

Totally 35 ECTS

  • Heat and Power Systems Engineering, MEN120, 7.5 ECTS
  • Industrial Energy Systems, KVM013, 7.5 ECT

Elective course list 3

  • Sustainable Electric Power Systems, ENM125, 7.5 ECTS
  • Sustainable Transportation, TEK465, 7.5 ECTS
  • Turbomachinery, TME210, 7.5 ECTS
  • Sustainable Energy Futures , FFR170, 7.5 ECTS
  • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), MTF072, 7.5 ECTS
  • Multiphase flow, TME160, 7.5 ECTS
  • Gas turbine technology, MTF171, 7.5 ECTS
  • Sustainable power production and transportation ENM095, 7.5 ECTS
  • Preliminary Plant Design, KBT156

Totally 30 ECTS

Thesis , 30 ECTS

Totally 30 ECTS

First and main supervisor at Chalmers University, 2nd year

Professors at Chalmers

Research area

Prof. Filip Johnsson, Chalmers  University, Energy Technology

Fluidized bed processes

Prof. Tobias Mattisson, Energy Technology

Chemical-looping, thermodynamics, kinetics

David Pallarès, Chalmers  University, Energy Technology

Fluidized bed processes

Fredrik Norrmann, Energy Technology

Oxyfuel combustion, flue gas treatment

Simon Harvey

Optimization of industrial energy use

Magnus Rydén

Chemical looping combustion, optimization


Co-supervisors for master thesis supervision at Aalto University (i.e. 1st year university)

Professors at Aalto

Research area

prof. Mika Järvinen, Aalto University, department of Mechanical Engineering

Combustion and gasification, fuel spraying and modeling

prof. Martti Larmi, Aalto University, department of Mechanical Engineering

Biofuel production and combustion

prof. Risto Lahdelma, Aalto University, department of Mechanical Engineering

Energy: Modeling, simulation and optimization

Prof. Sanna Syri, Aalto University, department of Mechanical Engineering

Energy Market, economic and societal impacts of energy technologies

Prof. Ville Vuorinen, Aalto University, dpt. of Mechanical Engineering

Computational Fluid Dynamics,

Combustion, Mathematical Modelling


Degree requirements for admission process

A BSc degree corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the following fields: Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Physics.

Applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements: The applicant’s qualifications must include a strong working knowledge of mathematics and energy/thermal engineering. Applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:

  • Mathematics: 21.5 ECTS including linear algebra, calculus and differential equations
  • Thermodynamics: 6 ECTS
  • Mass and/or heat transfer: 6 ECTS
  • Fluid mechanics: min. 5 ECTS

Master Thesis Information

Master Thesis Information