Spe - Ocean Energy, IST Lisbon, Portugal
The UniversityInstituto Superior Técnico is the school of Science, Technology and Engineering of the Technical University of Lisbon and the largest engineering school in Portugal. Instituto Superior Técnico is member of EUREC since 2011 and part of EUREC Master since 2012. Instituto Superior Técnico has been involved for a long time in research and education activities in renewable energy. Ocean energy research is carried at the IDMEC, MARETEC and CENTEC research centres, in close connection with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and at the Wave Energy Centre, and independent association involving 11 companies, 2 R&D institutions and IST. Wave energy has been subject of research for more than three decades, and recently tidal marine currents also became a topic of research. Experience of staff in teaching wave energy systems dates from 2004 in the Wavetrain (2004-08) and Wavetrain2 (2008-2012) Marie Curie Research Training Networks and in specialized courses on wave energy organized by ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute (2009, 2010 and 2012).
Presentation of the course - Starting Day 21 September 2012
The Instituto Superior Técnico has two campi: The Alameda campus located in the Lisbon city centre and the campus in Taguspark in Oeiras, about 20 km from the Alameda campus.
Alameda campus: Av. Rovisco Pais, 1/1049-001 Lisbon/Portugal
Taguspark campus: Av. Prof. Doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva/2744-016 Porto Salvo/Portugal
- Ocean Energy Resources
The objective of this module is to give an understanding of the physical mechanisms in the ocean which are on the basis of the generation of surface waves, tides and currents, and their effects with application to the evaluation of the energy resource and site characterization.
- Modelling and Control of Ocean Energy Systems
The objective of this module is to cover the fundamentals of the hydrodynamic modelling of ocean energy systems and their control, including numerical and experimental simulation, with the main focus on the wave energy systems and marine current turbines.
- Ocean Energy Systems Technologies
The objective of this module is to introduce the student to the electro-mechanical equipment used in wave energy systems and marine current turbines and to the offshore electrical grid and connection systems. The module covers the aspects related to the deployment, operation and maintenance of the ocean energy systems.
- Economics, Policy and Environment
The objective of this module is to cover the aspects related to the economic evaluation and environmental impact of ocean energy systems and the general policy issues, including licensing and permitting.
The objective of this module is to bring into practice the specialised knowledge of the course on ocean energy systems in a case study.
- Engineers in marine renewable industries.
- Marine renewable energy project developers.
- Experts for National or International institutions.
- Researchers in academic or industrial labs.
Research activities in Ocean Energy at IDMEC and
- Prof. António Falcão, Prof. Luís Gato, Prof. José Maria André: Hydrodynamics and control of wave energy converters; moorings; self-rectifying air turbines; wave energy resource.
- Prof. António Sarmento: Conceptual design, hydrodynamics and control of wave energy devices; site characterization; resource assessment; economic aspects; non-technological issues.
- Prof. J.A.C. Falcão de Campos, Dr. João Baltazar: Hydrodynamics of marine current turbines. Design and analysis methods with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
Research facilities: Irregular wave flume (20mx0.6mx0.5m); tests rig for air turbines; codes for numerical modelling of wave energy conversion, including WAMIT commercial code; extensive specialized documentation. Access to the Pico (Azores) 400 kW wave energy demonstration plant via the Wave Energy Centre (owner of the plant). http://www.ist.utl.pt
The majority of the students live in houses, flats (apartments) or rooms in private accommodation and share it with other colleagues.
A room in a private home costs about 300 € per month (utility expenses included) and students may have to pay for 2 months rent in advance. Meals are not included. An apartment with dining room, kitchen, bathroom and 2 rooms may cost around 500 € / 750 € per month but will include a one year rental contract. An apartment of this type can be shared with 3 other students.
The Mobility and International Cooperation Office has selected a few apartments in which a student may rent a room:
For accommodation related questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and International Cooperation Office—NMCI coordinates the participation of IST
in several international mobility programmes and networks. The office also
provides assistance to mobility students, researchers and staff helping them
integrate in the School, in academic life and, in particular, in the Portuguese
society (accommodation, visas, opening bank accounts, etc). This work is
carried out in cooperation with other offices and units, such as the Tutoring
and NAPE. More detailed
information can be found at http://nmci.ist.utl.pt
Núcleo de Mobilidade e Cooperação Internacional (NMCI)
Instituto Superior Técnico
Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisboa
Tel. +351 218 417 362
Fax. +351 218 419 280
Prof. José Alberto Falcão de Campos
Instituto Superior Técnico
Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal
Tel. +351 218 417 412
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