|Degree:||Master of Science (MSc)|
|University website:||Materials & Processes of Sustainable Energetics|
Energy is becoming more and more a major cost factor for all the players in the energy business due to increased consumption worldwide, as well as a need to restrict the production of greenhouse gases.
By 2030, the world's energy needs are expected to be 50% greater than today. Nowadays, much of this energy comes from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels: coal, oil and gas. These fuels are being used at a rate faster than they are produced and may be unavailable for future generations. At the same time, there is a need for a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to avoid serious changes in the Earth's climate system.
In 2009 in cooperation with University of Tartu, TalTech launched a joint master programme Materials and Processes of Sustainable Energetics (programme code: KAYM) which teaches different sustainable energy methods. In 2017 the KAYM program has been fully updated and renovated taking into account new directions in sustainable energy technologies and job market needs.
The curriculum provides education in green energy materials science and engineering with a strong technology component with specialisations on either materials or processes in sustainable energetics. The goal of this programme is to educate specialists who are able to realize innovative ideas and develop new technologies for use in sustainable energy systems.
Specialisation in Materials will concentrate on development and study of prospective materials and structures for solar panels, fuel cells, biofuel, hydrogen energetics, supercapacitors and batteries. Also possible specialization in biofunctional materials, additive manufacturing and nanostructured catalysts for environmental protection.
Specialisation in Processes will teach the different ways to produce renewable energy: solar panel applications, wind energy, hydrogen energetics, district cooling, optimization of energy use and modelling etc.
The programme is connected to the industry and will offer experience in profiled Estonian companies already during the studies (Eesti Energia AS, Roofit Solar Energy, CrystalSol, Utilitas, ABB etc.).
Joint programme - students spend their first and third semesters studying in TalTech, and the second semester at the University of Tartu, i.e. serious fundamental education accompanies with real practical training. 4th semester is devoted to thesis preparation and defense (in TalTech, University of Tartu or in other universities/companies under overall control of TalTech).
Integrating lectures, laboratory, theoretical classes and experience in industries