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The EMMC STEPS intends to provide high quality graduates with integrated knowledge to work in industrial or research activities in the energy sector. The programme focuses on three areas that will be key for today and future energy systems: Electrical Power Systems, Electrical and Hybrid Electrical Vehicles, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with a strong focus on innovation, sustainability and energy efficiency issues. The needed piece for the integrated learning process in the proposed program is the intense study of power electronics applications in the key areas mentioned above.

The EMMC STEPS academic programme has been designed to address the previous challenges faced by the electrical energy sector. Using a holistic approach, the topics included in the programme offer an integrated and specialized approach to some of the key issues in this field:

  • management of generation technologies, particularly renewable energy sources.
  • grid connection interfaces including electronic power converters.
  • transport and distribution systems, including smart grids and micro grid concept.
  • impact of electrical transportation systems (EV/HEV) on the electrical network.
  • power electronics applications for EV/HEV.

Students will be able to build their own curriculum based on their previous background and their professional interest, although the Master offers two main recommended study tracks: Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems

The EMMC STEPS prepares students for a job in industry via internships in world leading companies. The Master programme has been designed in close connection with the needs of these companies. At the same time the Master has a relevant scientific dimension. EMMC STEPS graduates would be able to access the more prestigious PhD programmes, some of them taught at the programme associated Universities.

The EMMC STEPS learning outcomes have been established from the identified needs presented in A.1.1 and can be classified attending to their scope, considering basic or particular topics covered by the master. The extended description of subjects and modules include the relevant learning outcomes (please see Annexe 34 ):

Among the basic learning outcomes [BLx], the capacity of managing information, the self-learning skills, the acting ability to work within a research or technical team, the concern for quality, ethics and accomplishment will be covered by this master. In addition, special attention will be paid to the following learning outcomes

  • Project design and management in the scope of the master's topics.[BL1].
  • Writing, communicating and presenting scientific documents to specialists, within the scope of the contents of the Master Degree (electric power systems, hybrid and electrical vehicles and renewable energies). [BL2].

Regarding the particular learning outcomes, the students will learn different skills that can be classified into generic outcomes or specific outcomes for each of the three main topic areas covered by the master (power systems, sustainable transportation, and renewable energies and efficiency).

The topics covered by the generic outcomes [GLx] covered in this master involving the main milestones of the learning process:

  • Analysis, modelling and simulation of electric power systems, renewable energy systems and sustainable transportation systems. [GL1].
  • Electric machines in steady state and transient operation used for generation and traction. [GL2].
  • Characterization and modelling of the main energy sources and electric power loads. [GL3].
  • Digital monitoring, control and supervision of electric energy conversion systems. [GL4].
  • Characterization, operation and design of electronic topologies and control methods for electric energy conversion. [GL5].
  • Practical and experimental verification of monitoring and controlling electrical energy conversion systems, including safety operation of electric systems. [GL6]
  • Technical-economical-environmental regulations and directives in different scopes (local, regional, national, European, etc.), which are applied to power systems. [GL7]
  • Technical design aspects that depend on strategic, socio-politic, economic and environmental concerns. [GL8]
  • Knowledge of the main multidisciplinary scientific journals and publications within the scope of the Master topics, as well as the main research, development and innovation centres. [GL9]
  • Understanding the digital representation of analog signals and systems and the most representative signal transformations for continuous and discrete time. [GL10]
  • Modelling and simulation of simple communication techniques using digital signal processing concepts and specific mathematical and software tools. [GL11]
  • Analyze industrial products. [GL12]
  • Develop new design. [GL13]
  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of the fundamental laws of Applied Mechanics and thermodynamics and be able to apply them coherently. [GL14]

On the other hand, the specific learning outcomes [SPx], they can be classified into one of the three main lines of the EMMC as stated in the following information.

EMMC STEPS SPECIFIC LEARNING OUTCOMES

Electrical Power Systems (Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electrical Energy)

  • Understanding of the importance and the area of utilization of electrical power systems for generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy. [SL1]
  • Identification of the main characteristics, design strategies and the constructive elements and materials of the Electrical Power Systems. [SL2]
  • Ability to understand the basics of the dynamic modelling of electrical power systems. [SL3]
  • Understanding the relevance of the control systems and monitoring in electrical power systems. [SL4]
  • Acquire the basic knowledge of power electronics to analyze and design electrical power systems. [SL5]
  • Ability to analyze and understand the design of electric drives. [SL6]
  • Ability to analyze the different strategies for grid connection, for both technical and economic points of view. [SL7]

Sustainable Transportation (Electrical and Hybrid Vehicles)

  • Understanding the fundamental characteristics, as well as advantages and drawbacks of electrical and hybrid traction systems compared to combustion engines. [SL8]
  • Acquire the knowledge of power electronics needed to analyze and design electrical and hybrid traction systems. [SL9]
  • Ability to understand the importance and particular issues of the control and monitoring systems used in electrical and hybrid traction systems. [SL10]
  • Ability to understand the necessity for systems and strategies of energy storage and recovery in electrical and hybrid vehicles. [SL11]
  • Ability of understanding the concepts, strategies and power transmission systems involved in the design of the electrical and hybrid vehicle. [SL12]
  • Understanding of the mechanical background necessary to integrate the electrical and mechanical power subsystems in a hybrid/electrical vehicle. [SL13]

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies

  • Knowledge and analysis of the energetic structures and technologies necessary, considering multiple aspects as the requirements, expected technical evolution, efficiency, security, sustainable development concerns, environmental and service guaranteeing issues. [SL14]
  • Knowledge of the relationships between different electrical markets, as well as the regulation of activities involved in the management of primary energies. [SL15]
  • Ability to understand, analyze and discuss the main macroeconomic variables involved in the energetic sector. [SL16]
  • Ability to identify and classify the main aspects and business strategies related to investments, financing, risk management and fiscal policy in the energetic markets. [SL17]
  • Knowledge of the marketing mechanisms among the elements of the energy markets, particularizing for the electrical energy market. [SL18]
  • Ability to develop an appropriate management strategy based on the various offers provided in the electric energy market. [SL19]
  • Ability to identify the participant agents in the gas and electric market, and to understand its operation considering different management strategies. [SL20]
  • Understanding of the prize generation procedure, identifying the different components of the final energy prize and rate. [SL21]
  • Ability to assess the environmental and social implications of the operation of the electrical markets including sustainable development concerns. [SL22]
  • Ability to integrate the efficiency as a key parameter in the design of power systems [SL23]
  • Critical sense, respect for the diversity and social focus of the professional activity related to the management of the energy. [SL24]
  • Comprehension of the links between development and energy sector technologies and businesses. [SL25]
  • Analysis of concrete cases of basic need dissatisfaction and design of solutions based on electric power management systems. [SL26]

New admission period self-financing students

In order to facilitate access to students who were not able to process their applications in the first phase of the selection process for the Erasmus Mundus Master´s Degree in Sustainable Transportation and Electrical Power Systems, The University of Oviedo has announced a new admission period aimed at 8 self-financing students

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