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Reach sustainability via new skills

About

The European Master (specialization school) is an initiative proposed and developed by SKILLBILL project, dedicated to students with a bachelor, possibly in engineering or physics.

The specialization school is an educational program for the upskilling of technicians, designers and researchers on renewable energy with additional focus on circular economy.

The goal is to improve skills in renewable energy technologies, including economical and social impacts, to promote and support the transition to a sustainable world.

The courses will be performed by four of the most prestigious universities in Europe:

University of Tuscia (UNITUS) in Italy, a consolidated cultural reference point that combines attention to the territory with a broad international scope;
University of Sevilla (USE) (UNITUS) in Spain, the oldest and largest University in Southern Spain, one of the top research centers across the country;
University of Utrecht (UU), the largest Dutch universities;
Metropolia (MET), based in Helsinki, Finland's largest university of applied sciences.

The courses will make an extensive use of practical and design activities, hands-on sessions and assignments. Lessons held face-to-face will be also broadcasted in streaming through a dedicated webpage/platform to enable the participation of international students and part-time students joining from the workplace.

Dedicated Extended Reality rooms will support the hand-on training of students, ensuring that all the training programs will be flexible and empowering, assisted with a new and appealing way. The effective implementation of this hybrid learning approach will make use of a combination of practical, lab and design activities leveraging on virtual reality technologies.

The courses will be supported by industries or other stakeholders for the final stage.

Opportunities

SKILLBILL’s specialization school  represents a great opportunity for all students willing to increase their knowledge in the RES sector.

Students will be offered several courses from 4 prestigious european universities, so they will be able to share their experience with other students from other countries, to experiment different teaching methods and approaches.

Students will have the chance to be involved in a final real-life case study with the participation of industries or other relevant stakeholders.

Students will also experiment the Extended Reality to perform several activities

Students will have the unique opportunity to participate in a programme organized and financed by an European project.

The School in a nutshell!

Legal course duration: 1 academic year

Number of ECTS : 60 ECTS

Number of exams: 8 + Final dissertation

Evaluation framework: From A (Excellent) to E (seriously insufficient) – threshold C

EQF Level: Level 7

Fees: Waived until 2025 as part of the SkillBill project

Topic

To accomplish its mission the European Specialisation School in Sustainable Energy lays on the 6 pillars), divided into 4 VERTICAL PILLARS and 2 HORIZONTAL PILLARS.

The EU Master will address soft skill gaps, strengthening talent, and offering a final practical stage in a growing number of companies focused on education as a part of their business strategy.

Each vertical pillars are specialized on technology related to energy transition; those vertical pillar will also offer the use of Extended Reality as hand on training:

1. Sustainable and renewable fuels : This pillar focuses on the production, deployment and distribution of non-fossil fuels, in particular biomass (e.g. biogas, bio-methane, bio-diesel, bio-ethanol), waste (pyrolysis syngas) and electrolytic fuels (SNG, H2, Ammonia). It focuses on the real sustainability of such fuels (e.g food competition, local pollution emissions etc).
2. Sustainable and renewable heat : This pillar focuses on the technology, environmental impact, and sustainability of renewable heat vectors
3. Sustainable and renewable electricity : This pillar focuses on technology, environmental impact, and sustainability of renewable electricity technologies such as wind, hydro-power, photovoltaic, solar thermodynamic power, geothermal power, tide power etc.
4. Sustainable mobility : This pillar focuses on the development of sustainable power-trains (hybrid, electric, hydrogen), mobility paradigms (i.e. collective transport, sharing, multi-modal mobility), infrastructures (i.e. recharging stations, H2 distribution) and IT services to support sustainable mobility.

The 2 horizontally-integrated pillars guarantee a global vision of energy transition and the ability to re-think energy design and research.

1. Sustainability, circularity, and socio-economic aspects of energy transition : This pillar embraces all the relevant technologies for energy transition. Its objective is to provide a solid comprehension of concepts such as sustainability and circularity as bases for an effective and efficient application of the technology. It specifically focuses on the economic perspectives related to energy transition (e.g. job and investment opportunities), financial aspects and public support schemes for energy transition.
2. System integration, energy management and storage, and efficiency : This pillar provides an as-a-whole integrated vision of the green technologies through: (i) Energy efficiency concepts, instruments, and technology application in industry, buildings, and services (e.g. tri- or co-generation); (ii) Effective integration between different green technologies and with existing conversion and distribution infrastructures; (iii) Energy storage technologies.

The School is structured in 8 modules (check the following table) 6 of which are compulsory and 2 electives, to be selected among a panel of 12. The students’ commitment is 6 ECTS for each module (48 ECTS total).

Elective modules must be selected within the same pillar.

The final graduation project, including the project, the thesis and the final dissertation covers the remaining 12 ECTS.

The internship in an organisation relevant for the energy sector (e.g. industry or research institution) is compulsory.


 

 

Renewable and
Sustainable
fuels

Renewable and
sustainable
heat

Renewable and sustainable electricity

Sustainable mobility

Sustainability, circularity and social-economic
aspects of energy transition

System integration, energy management, storage and
efficiency

Term 1 (Febdruary 15 2024 – April 15 2024)

Biofuels

 

Variable Renewable Energy Technologies

 

 

Energy management

 

 

Dispatchable Renewable Energy Technologies

 

 

 

Term 2 (May 2024 -July 2024)

 

 

Renewable heat technologies

Sustainable heat in built environment

 

Air transport

 

 

Sustainability in the content of transitions

Circular Economy

 

Term 3
(September 15 2024 – November 15 2024)

Waste to fuels

Water energy nexus

Introductions to the power grid and market of
electricity

Road Transport

 

Energy storage

Term 4
(December 2024 – 28 February 2025)

Power to X

Industrial renewable heat

 

Maritime transport

 

Multi-energy systems

March 2025: Thesis – Final dissertation

Lessons and Courses Organization

First period will start at February 19th, 2024!

Stay tuned!!

Αdmission period is open !

Submit the required documents and get involved.

Available positions:              50

Applications deadline         February 16th, 2024

Admission requirements   BSc in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or Economics.

Required documents:           CV, motivational letter, valid ID, BSc diploma certificate

How to apply                        email to [email protected]

 

Curricula evaluation will consider:

  • the Candidates’ academic profile in terms of coherence to our school objectives, final BSc score, eventual other higher education degrees (e.g. masters, specialisation or vocational schools) and experiences (e.g. participation in international mobility programs, research projects, internships).
  • the Candidates’ professional profile in terms of coherence to our School objectives and current and previous positions within the organisation they worked for.

The motivational letter should prove the Candidate’s willingness to up-skill and/or re-skill with the aim to significantly contribute to the sustainable energy transition. To this end, Candidates should show how they plan to use knowledge and skills from our School to impact the real world (e.g improve their organisation, spread new ideas, create a new job).

Applications should be submitted by email to UNITUS administrative office ([email protected]) before February 16th, 2024. Selection results will be released by February 16th, 2024.

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