Within the rapidly expanding European renewable energy industry, an urgent demand exists for more post-graduate trained staff specialised in renewable energy technology. Together with leading European Universities, EUREC Agency has developed the European Master in Renewable Energy. Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen (Hanze UAS), became member of the EUREC consortium and started this master programme in September 2012.
The aim of the European Master in Renewable Energy is to train post-graduate students to fill the gap between the growing industry demand for specialised renewable energy expertise and the skills currently available on the job market.
By structuring the course in three sections, students are guaranteed to spend time in at least two different EU countries and make contact with a wide range of European universities and companies involved in the renewable energy sector. The participating universities are all well-established in training and research and recognised internationally for their work in the field of renewable energy technology.
The entire programme will take 3 semesters and starts in the first week of September. Each semester has a full-time study load of 30 ECTS credits, so 90 ECTS for the complete programme. By structuring the course in three sections, students are guaranteed to spend time in at least two different EU countries and make contact with a wide range of European universities and companies involved in the renewable energy sector.
After completion of the programme the student will obtain the degree title 'European M.Sc. in Renewable Energy'. The student will also receive a Certificate of Equivalence from the EUREC agency.
The programme's three semesters
The MSc programme consists of 3 semesters:
1. THE CORE
The first semester the student will acquire a solid foundation in key renewable
energy technologies and the socio-economic issues related to these. For the core the student can choose one of the following universities:
- Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands (taught in English)
- Ecole des Mines de Paris, France (taught in French)
- Zaragoza University, Spain (taught in Spanish)
- Loughborough University, UK (taught in English)
- Oldenburg University, Germany (taught in English)
2. THE SPECIALISATION
The second semester will give students the opportunity to specialise in a chosen technology at a different university. The specialisations are taught in English. For the specialization there are the following options:
- Photovoltaics - taught at the University of Northumbria in the UK
- Wind Energy - taught at the National Technical University of Athens in Greece
- Grid Integration - taught at the University of Zaragoza in Spain
- Solar Thermal - taught at the University of Perpignan in France
- Ocean Energy - taught at IST Lisbon in Portugal
3. THE THESIS PROJECT
In the third semester each student will conduct a 6 month research project in a company or a research centre. This is done under supervision of a professor of the core, a professor of the specialization and a supervisor from the project provider. For your final thesis placement it is possible to apply for an Erasmus placement grant. For general information about the Erasmus LLL programme, you can read this page.
By structuring the course in three sections, students are guaranteed to spend time in at least two different EU countries and make contact with a wide range of European universities and companies involved in the renewable energy sector.
The participating universities are all well-established in training and research as well as being recognised at an international level for their work in the field of renewable energy technology.
There are numerous research activities in which you can participate when conducting your thesis project at Hanze UAS. For your final thesis placement it is possible to apply for an Erasmus placement grant. For general information about the Erasmus LLL programme, you can read this page.
Our Energy Transition Centre is the living lab for Renewable Energy Research. EnTranCe is supported by Hanze UAS, GasTerra, BAM, Gasunie & ImTech. See the website or EnTranCe brochure for more information.
RenQi is an open innovation platform, which is a collaboration between Hanze UAS, KEMA and TNO. Teams of professionals and students work together in applied research projects.
The RenQi research topics are:
- Flexibility, reliability and comfort
- Integration of renewable energy systems
- Rules and regulations
- Integration of 'green' gas or bio gas
- Consumer behavior
For more information, download the RenQi flyer or check the website.
The Centre of Applied Research and Innovation - Energy (CARI-E) is a broker in and translator of expertise in the field of energy. The centre offers education and training. It can also carry out energy projects for businesses. More information can be found here.
The goal of the Flexines Project is to show that the energy needs of individual households can be geared to the energy supply at any given moment, by means of energy tariffs that are flexible from moment to moment. The point is to ultimately link the energy needs to the energy production from sustainable sources (wind, sun, biogas), and in particular to ensure that tarrifs keep reflecting the shortage in the energy market correctly. More information to be found here.
The Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR), a Dutch research consortium of ten enterprises and research institutes, coordinates the realization of scientific, applied and technological research on gas and sustainability. Participants of the consortium come from the industry (Gasunie, GasTerra, Kiwa, Enexis, Liander and Stedin) and scientific institutions (ECN, University of Groningen, Delft University of Technology and Hanze University of Applied Sciences).
Three themes: from mono to multi gas, the future of energy systems and the changing gas markets. It will develop over a 5-year period and, at its maximum development, it will include approximately 20 projects carried out by a staff of approximately 100 researchers. The total research budget is 42 million EURO. An additional 2 million EURO account for management and knowledge transfer.
EDGaR is a non-profit research foundation. It is hosted by the Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme (GESP), at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Here you will find more information.
The following universities participate in the EUREC Master:
- Ecoles des MINES de Paris, France - French-taught
- Loughborough University, UK - English-taught
- University of Zaragoza, Spain - Spanish-taught
- Oldenburg University, Germany - English-taught
- Hanze UAS, Groningen, The Netherlands - English-taught
- National Technical University of Athens, Greece - Wind
- University of Northumbria, UK - Photovoltaics
- University of Zaragoza, Spain - Grid Integration
- University of Perpignan, France - Solar Thermal
- Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon, Portugal - Ocean Energy