Master Geothermal Energy

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR7535 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Chalmers University of Technology | Gothenburg, Sweden
The focus in this study track is the utilization of geothermal energy for both power and heat generation. Renewable geothermal energy sources are present universally, but the feasibility of using geothermal energy depends strongly on temperature changes in relation to the depth into the ground and therefore location is important.

Description of Geothermal Energy

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The focus in this study track is the utilization of geothermal energy for both power and heat generation. Renewable geothermal energy sources are present universally, but the feasibility of using geothermal energy depends strongly on temperature changes in relation to the depth into the ground and therefore location is important. Geothermal energy is traditionally classified into high temperature areas and low temperature areas, which indicates utilization possibilities.

The main goal of the study track can be divided into five topics, where students gain necessary engineering knowledge to enable them to execute geothermal related projects:
  • Fundamental geophysical processes related to underground thermal energy as well as groundwater flow in geothermal systems. An important part of such studies is development and use of numerical and mathematical models.
  • Geothermal exploration methods, well drilling and design of steam gathering systems, as well as required measurements on the grounds surface and in geothermal wells.
  • Utilization of geothermal energy for sustainable power production, involving different power cycles and technologies. A special focus is on problems particularly related to geothermal fluids.
  • Direct utilization of geothermal energy in form of heat. This involves district heating, various industrial processes using heat, as well as food production (e.g. greenhouses, fish farming).
  • Environmental issues related to geothermal utilization, such as wastewater disposal and gas emission.

After performing the study track on geothermal energy, the students will possess basic knowledge regarding physical behavior of geothermal systems, especially in cases where water and steam are the main source of energy transport in the ground. The students will be acquainted with drilling methods and will be able to participate in design of geothermal wells.

The students will be skilled in geothermal power plant design, choice of plant components as well as selection of appropriate materials. This involves thorough analysis and application of insight when working on complex problems. Finally, the students will be able to assess both low and high temperature areas with respect to optimal energy utilization, both on the power production side as well as in direct utilization. This involves knowledge of all part of such systems and skills to perform necessary calculations for all parts of both simple and multi component systems.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15th
Tuition fee
  • EUR 7535 Semester (Non-EEA)

SEK 70 000/semester

Start date August  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Partnership Joint
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

After performing the study track on geothermal energy, the students will possess basic knowledge regarding physical behavior of geothermal systems, especially in cases where water and steam are the main source of energy transport in the ground. The students will be acquainted with drilling methods and will be able to participate in design of geothermal wells.

The students will be skilled in geothermal power plant design, choice of plant components as well as selection of appropriate materials. This involves thorough analysis and application of insight when working on complex problems. Finally, the students will be able to assess both low and high temperature areas with respect to optimal energy utilization, both on the power production side as well as in direct utilization. This involves knowledge of all part of such systems and skills to perform necessary calculations for all parts of both simple and multi component systems.

Elective course list 1

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Sustainable power production and transportation
  • Sustainable Electric Power Systems
  • Gas turbine technology

Elective course list 2

  • Environmental Risk Assessment in Engineering
  • Compressible Flow
  • Energy Systems Modeling and Planning
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineers
  • Advanced Separation Technology

Elective course list 3

  • Corrosion
  • System Dynamics Modeling
  • Groundwater and Reservoirs
  • Design and Optimization

Requirements for Geothermal Energy

A BSc degree corresponding to a minimum of 180 ECTS credits in the following fields: Mechanical Engineering. Applicants that are enrolled in an integrated five year degree with no bachelor level can also apply if they have completed a minimum of three years of Mechanical Engineering studies.

Applicants must document that they have fulfilled the following minimum requirements:
  • The applicant must have sufficient qualifications within numerical methods and elementary programming using e.g. MATLAB or a similar programming language

Work Experience for Geothermal Energy

No work experience is required.

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Accreditation

Higher education in Europe is not accredited in the same way as at e.g. American universities.

The N5T consortium represents five Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) and each university follows the national accreditation rules of the home country.

In Finland, Iceland (?), Norway, and Sweden, programmes are accredited through institutional accreditation, which means that the university has the competence to start new programmes according to:

  • the national legal framework pertaining to the type of programme offered (MA, MSc, Bsc, MSc Eng. etc.)
  • the universitys internal regulations and procedures.

In Denmark, the situation is slightly different as Denmark hase programme accreditation. Programmes offered by DTU are thus accredited through ACE Denmark: http://acedenmark.eu/. Existing study programmes are assessed on the basis of ten predefined criteria, whereas new programmes are assessed on the basis of nine predefined criteria. Both sets of criteria are based on four pillars:

  • labour markets demand for the study programme.
  • research quality and importance of the underlying research environment.
  • study programmes depth (structure and organisation of the study programme).
  • results of the study programme.

The ISEE programme has been established on the basis of the following laws and related ministerial orders:

Aalto: Joint international master programmes can be established either as part of the universitys normal educational degree offerings or as separate master programmes in accordance with the Government Decree (Opetusministeriön asetus yliopistojen maisteriohjelmista, 1665/2009, and Decree of the Council of State on University Degrees (1136/2009).

Chalmers: Being a private foundation, Chalmers has the liberty to create new academic programmes, although they shall comply with general rules stated by the Government in the contract that is signed every year between the two parties (Avtal mellan svenska staten och Chalmers tekniska högskola aktiebolag om utbildnings- och forskningsuppdrag för 2010 and Higher Education Ordinance (SFS), 1993: 792 in § 2).

DTU: Joint international master programmes that are not Erasmus Mundus programmes must be established within the framework of the executive order on parallelforløb og fællesuddannelser (BEK nr. 931 af 05/10/2005 and Act on Universities, Act.403 of 28 May 2003).

KTH: In accordance with the Swedish Higher Education Ordinance (Svenska Högskoleförordningen 1993:100, chapter 6, paragraph 11a and 11b (alt by ordinance 2009:1068 and 2000:1057).

NTNU: As an accredited higher institution in Norway NTNU has the rights and liberty to develop new academic programmes without further applications on a national level. NTNU must however follow the act relating to universities and university colleges given by the Ministry of Education and Research (Act relating to University and University Colleges 2005).

UoI: University of Iceland is accredited in the fields of Social Sciences,
Humanities, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences and Engineering and
Technical Sciences by the Ministry of Education Science and Culture
according to the Higher Education Institution Act no. 63/2006. It also has
the permission of the Ministry to offer doctorate degrees. The University
decides which programmes of study it offers within its accredited fields
of study according to the HEI Act. Higher Education Institutions that fall
under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and
the Higher Education Institution Act no. 63/2006 are authorised to grant
degrees in cooperation with other Higher Education Institutions on a
national and international basis.

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