From workshop on energy markets to the design of a solar powered car and discussions about India’s energy transition: The topics are broad and important when students from the universities in the Nordic FiveTech programme meet.
In January, students from the N5T Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering (ISEE) international Master’s programme met at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm for their annual Winter School meet-up.
The universities participating in the Nordic FiveTech are:
- Aalto University in Finland
- Chalmers University of Technology (in Gothenburg)
- DTU Technical University of Denmark (in Copenhagen)
Each January, the ISEE students from all five participating schools are gathered to attend interdisciplinary lectures, workshops and excursions related to sustainable energy.
Winter school kicked off this year with a workshop on energy markets presented by current second year student Carolyn Willems and ISEE alumni Luis Guajardo. The workshop utilised a board game called ENSIGHT which enabled students to buy and sell various types of fossil and renewable based power plants, and then enter into a deregulated power market and compete for profits. Carolyn and Luis, along with ISEE alumni Meadhbh Ni Chleirigh, had the opportunity to take this workshop to the international stage last June at the Student Energy Summit 2017 in Merida, Mexico and as the only students chosen to facilitate a workshop, it was a huge honour to be included in the summit agenda. The International Student Energy Summit takes place every two years and has previously been held in Canada, Bali, and even at our very own NTNU! Carolyn, Luis and Meadhbh hope to continue to be a part of SES, and look forward to seeing other N5T students at future summits.
Although the programme takes place in the Nordic countries, students come from all over the globe with a wide variety of engineering related backgrounds, making for interesting and thought provoking discussions on global energy challenges. A majority of the winter school agenda was therefore dedicated to interdisciplinary project work based on the five study tracks. Topics included the design of a solar powered car, wind integration technology, the making of an energy themed board game, and India’s energy transition.
After interesting presentations and a fruitful discussion, the week came to a close.
Winter school has become such a success, that the students are taking the initiative to plan a “summer school” in June to further the collaboration between the study tracks. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next winter school!
This blog post was written by Carolyn Willems, participant at the ISEE Winter School