Virtually all electronics today contain power electronics and embedded systems in one form or another and this trend is on the rise with future products and production becoming increasingly intelligent and energy-optimised. This means that more and more electronics are based on power electronics, embedded systems and control technology, therefore there is a demand for electronic engineers with expertise in these fields.
At the programme you will be educated in three disciplines: power electronics, embedded systems and integrated application.
The world's collective energy consumption is soaring which has led to increased focus on the need to convert energy production from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy, for example in the form of sun and wind energy. Power electronics is the key to new sustainable energy solutions.
In short, power electronics is the optimal conversion of energy from one electric energy form to another. This conversion is found everywhere there is the need to change electric energy's form, for example voltage, current, phase or frequency. The use of electric energy conversion is increasing as the evolution of power electronic components is undergoing rapid development.
The programme's second discipline is embedded systems which are found in nearly all electronic equipment and smart solutions. To add to the future's products and services intelligence, electronic systems are also embedded. Embedded systems are found everywhere and are used in all market sectors such as energy, medicine, environment, agriculture, communication, entertainment, textiles, transport, logistics, chemistry, food and materials.
In order to integrate the use of power electronics and embedded systems, it is necessary to design a special control system for each device.
This integrated application of power electronics and function control in the form of embedded systems is a prerequisite for the development and optimalisation of a sustainable future with intelligent products.
Examples of integrated application:
• Power electronics control the rotation speed of wind turbines in order to produce maximum power
• Energy from solar panels is converted into power by power electronics
• The transport sector is a major energy consumer and hybrid and electric cars rely on power electronics in order to ensure reduced energy consumption
• Storage of energy in water reservoirs or pressure tanks is done by means of power electronics
• Power electronics in space crafts and satellites converts energy from solar panels, fuel cells and batteries
• Everyday products such as televisions, ovens, cars, watches, etc.
Project and research based learning environment
You will be part of a study-based and collaborative learning environment where you work in project groups. You and your fellow students are responsible for planning and carrying out projects within the allotted time. Projects typically come from companies and we emphasise the importance of solving problems from 'real life'.
The programme offers a range of career options both in Denmark and abroad. You can get a job as a development and research engineer or project leader in development projects, technical manager, consultant and contractor. It is typically within branches which work with the development of electronic products, green technology, sustainable energy and transport systems.
You can also continue with a 3-year research programme which leads up to a PhD. For graduate civil engineers there is also the option to undertake an industrial research programme which is conducted in close collaboration with a company where you will be employed.