Winter School

– Annual activity for the Program

The Winter School is a three day program at one of the Nordic cooperating universities part of the Nordic Five Tech cooperation. Winter School is arranged for all students at the two-year international Master’s programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (hence ISEE).

The aim of the program is to get to know each other and to learn more about sustainability, innovation and renewable energy. 


Winter School 2019

 The ISEE Program Board and students in the program at Winter School 2019 at campus Lyngby

Day 1:
Everybody met up at the campus in Lyngby in the afternoon of the 31st of January. The winter school started with some ice breaking activities, so that all students and board members could get to know one another. All the students were divided into groups across the study track and were given a project work that lasted for the whole winter school. The project used the Paris agreement (COP21) accords as a basis, and the groups evaluated the different options on how to approach a sustainable energy future by choosing two countries. Then, the whole group went out for dinner at Meyers Spisehus, after a couple of hours of group work and checking into the hotel in Lyngby.

Day 2:
We started the day early with a bus ride from Lyngby to DTU’s campus in Risø. Here, we had a tour at the mechanical workshop and the wind tunnel. All students and board members were amazed by the enormous wind turbine that was installed. The bus took the whole group around campus with a guide, before a short coffee break.
Four motivation talks were given by: Kaushik Das from DTU Wind Energy, Jesper Ahrenfeldt from DTU Chemical Engineering, Kenneth Karlssen from DTU Nordic Energy Research and Sune Thorsteinsson from DTU Fotonik. The rest of the day was used to do group work before a social dinner in Copenhagen took place, at The Fat Pike.

Day 3:
All the groups presented their work for the other students and the board members. The countries that were chosen were mostly their own, like Italy, China, India, Egypt, USA and Finland. Poul Erik Morthrost had a motivation talk about the challenges we are facing with sustainable energy, what plans EU has for lowering emission, and goals for the future. The program was over after lunch and was followed by goodbyes. Many of the students stayed in Copenhagen for the weekend after the Winter School.

 

Aalto University 2016


Thirty-four students from all around the world came to Aalto University in Helsinki 26th to 28th January 2016. They had one thing in common: A passion for renewable energy! In the evaluation 28 of 33 students evaluate the Winter School 2016 as good or very good, and 91 % of all the students evaluate the event as very useful for the ISEE Program.

Picture: Academics and students attending Winter School at Aalto University 2016

“Thanks for the experience it was a great trip”, ISEE-student

“It was a great week! Amazing people, great to experience Helsinki and to meet classmates. The programme was really good.”, ISEE-student

Professors from University of Iceland, Chalmers, KTH, DTU and NTNU came to Aalto University to present their field of expertise. Students could learn more about geothermal energy, solar cell systems, wind power systems, bioenergy or energy systems.

Waste-to-energy: Puts unwanted waste to use

A highlight of the program was the excursion to Vantaa Energy. Vantaa Energy is one of Finland’s largest city energy companies. They produce and sell electricity and district heating and offer natural gas to industry. Vantaa is proud of their waste-to-energy plant, completed in 2014, that puts unwanted waste to use.

Fast pyrolysis – conversion of biomass to bio-oil

Students in the bioenergy study-track appreciated the visit to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. One of their services is to convert biomass and waste to liquid fuels. The students could see how solid biomaterials may be converted with high efficiency into liquid biofuels using fast pyrolysis. The aim is to replace fossil fuels. Students also had the opportunity to visit the Labs at Aalto University.

“The labs had good content, especially the carbon capture and storage! And good coffee! :-)” ISEE-student

The sauna night

On Tuesday we had a dinner for students and professors, in order to mingle and to get to know each other. Last but not least, students were able to experience some of the national pride Wednesday night. The Sauna night was really popular among the students, and we got a taste of real Finish culture at its best.


NTNU 2015

 

Picture of the Natural Science Building at NTNUFourteen international students from five Nordic universities are joining their co-students at the NTNU for the ISEE Winter School 27th to 29th January 2015.

All of them attend a two-year international Master’s programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (hence ISEE). The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology has a coordintaing responsibility for the programme.

(Click the heading to read more about Winter Shool 2015)

NTNU 2015

 

Picture of the Natural Science Building at NTNUFourteen international students from five Nordic universities are joining their co-students at the NTNU for the ISEE Winter School 27th to 29th January 2015.

All of them attend a two-year international Master’s programme in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (hence ISEE). The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology has a coordintaing responsibility for the programme.

(Click the heading to read more about Winter Shool 2015)

Lectures combined with company visits

The purpose of the ISEE Winter School is to give all the first-year ISEE students the opportunity to meet first of all on an academic basis. We (i.e. me and the Programme Leader Gabriella Tranell) have booked lecturers and lab visits. There are also company presentations, as well as excursions on the agenda for the Winter School. The representatives of five of the ISEE partner institutions are going to hold presentations on topics relevant to the study tracks they are responsible for. Statkraft Varme, SINTEF Energi, Sarepta Energi, and Siemens are all contributing to the event in addition to NTNU’s Strategic Thematic Area Energy, as well as NTNU’s various departments.

Last, but not least, we are meeting in the evenings to explore a social and informal side of Trondheim City and the ISEE Winter School.

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NTNU 2014

 

Students at the district heating plant at Winter School 2014. For the very first time, Winter School was arranged for students and academics in the ISEE Program at NTNU in January 2014. 

The program included lectures from "Green Business - Sustainability in practice" to "Transition to Renewable Energy Systems - Hydropower". Representatives from Statoil was presenting their Wind Projects. The nine students attending were taken to the district heating plant, Statkraft with Erik Winsnes.

(Click the heading to read more about Winter Shool 2014)



 

NTNU 2014

 

Students at the district heating plant at Winter School 2014. For the very first time, Winter School was arranged for students and academics in the ISEE Program at NTNU in January 2014. 

The program included lectures from "Green Business - Sustainability in practice" to "Transition to Renewable Energy Systems - Hydropower". Representatives from Statoil was presenting their Wind Projects. The nine students attending were taken to the district heating plant, Statkraft with Erik Winsnes.

(Click the heading to read more about Winter Shool 2014)



 

"It was very good to know some relevant lectures regarding innovative sustainable energy engineering." 
ISEE-student


"Excellent coverage. Would have liked even more, but maybe spread out in more days. It was quite exhausting."
ISEE-student

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