PhDs and Guests

AAU Energy has 100+ Ongoing PhD projects and roughly 30 PhD defences a year. We continuous welcome  guests at the department, either to support their PhD projects or general research.

PhD students at AAU Energy are required to pay a tuition fee of 120.000DKK per year. Full or partial waivers can be granted on the basis of a documented request.

Read more about our PhD programme and guests by expanding the headlines below and more about our Ongoing and published PhD projects through the links below. 

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    Energy PhD Programme

    Short description of the programme:

    The Energy programme is a multi-disciplinary doctoral programme aiming at solving future challenges in the energy area by means of developing new energy technologies leading to a more efficient and sustainable management of energy. It covers a broad range of energy-related topics focusing on the energy conversion process itself as well as generation, transmission, distribution and efficient use of energy are covered. Inherently it is involving various areas of both classical and new engineering sciences as well as basic research as the physical quantity “energy” and its provision and use spans broadly over almost all activities a modern society faces. Electrical, thermal, mechanical, hydraulics and control engineering sciences merge in various ratios with physics and chemistry to provide front-end knowledge enabling step by step solutions to help fulfilling the climate and emission goals set by international societies. The programme is highly experimentally oriented and offers state of the art laboratory facilities. Research cooperation with both Danish and international industries is strong as well as with world class academia. The programme has hosted + 100 PhD’s for the last years and is graduating around 30 new energy PhD’s every year.

    Research areas:

    The programme belongs under The Doctoral School of Engineering and Science and focuses on:

    • Power Electronics (PE) and its applications with special focus on reliability in PE. Another main focus is the interaction of PE with power systems and generation and load units.
    • Electrical Power Systems including production, transmission, distribution of electrical energy as well as power quality, stability, control and protection in AC and DC systems.
    • High Voltage Engineering with focus on environmentally friendly overhead lines
    • Smart grid and micro grid and their application to modern societies
    • Energy Efficiency as a universal term spanning the above science areas
    • Renewable energy generation technologies incl. wind turbines and offshore wind power plants, photovoltaic, wave energy, thermoelectric, fuel cells and biofuels.
    • Reliability, diagnosis and predictive maintenance of electrical and thermal components and systems
    • Energy harvesting systems such as thermo-electric generators and systems
    • Automotive and industrial drives including the design of electrical motors and generators and gears in combination with their power electronics and control.
    • Systems analysis, design and optimization of a wide range of energy processes, machines and systems
    • Heating/cooling systems and their distribution networks (domestic heating)
    • Biomass to energy systems, including biomass to liquid fuels and end use applications
    • Fluid power systems and their control
    • Energy storage and power management
    • Analysis and optimization of thermal cycles.
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    The department strongly emphasises and values its international relations. Thus, the department works on a continuous basis to enhance and expand its international contacts and attract international collaboration partners. This is of upmost importance both with regards to quality in research and the educational programmes.

    The department receives guests on a continuous basis. Both scientific staff and students greatly benefit from working in an international environment by the many guests as well as the knowledge these people bring to the department. 




Section Leader
Electric Power Systems and Microgrids EPSM Claus Leth Bak

Power Electronics System Integration and Materials (PESIM)

Stig Munk-Nielsen

Applied Power Electronic Systems

Francesco Iannuzzo
Mechatronic Systems

Henrik C. Pedersen

Thermal Engineering Henrik Sørensen
Esbjerg Energy Section Simon Pedersen

head of doctoral Programme

claus Leth bak
Direct phone: +45 9940 9281

phd coordinator

mikkel lønsman hukiær
Direct phone: +45 9940 3345

guest coordinator

Louise mammen levisen
Direct phone: +45 9940 9742

Upcoming PhD Courses

The Department offers a wide range of PhD courses within Energy Engineering. You can find all our PhD courses here:

Get more practical information and read about registration here