Connecting you to industry
MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuel Energy has strong partnerships with internationally renowned companies, research institutes, power plants, and manufacturers, who actively participate in the programme to ensure it remains current and relevant to our students’ needs – and to their own.
Partners are involved in curriculum design, selection processes, teaching, internships, support for Master’s theses, and job opportunities. Students also have opportunities to engage with industrial partners at networking events, guest lectures, and study visits.
Companies and research bodies, including Tauron, Lotos, ICS Industrial Combustion Systems, and EDF Polska are actively engaged in the programme, as are Rafako Grupa and Amec Foster Wheeler, as well as smaller innovative firms such as MetalERG, Spyra, Primo Poland, SBB Energy and Hamitabat Elektrik Üretim ve Ticaret. The Alliance for Rural Electrification and the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal also play a key part in the programme.
Specific opportunities to engage with our industry partners include:
Master’s School kick-off
All first-year students studying for an InnoEnergy Master’s School programme get together to launch the Autumn semester, together with teachers and industry experts from across the entire energy value chain.
Business planning course
During Year 1, students are encouraged to develop an idea for a start-up business. Working with your fellow students, you can choose and develop a business plan for a project that is relevant to your own country. You then pitch your idea to members of InnoEnergy’s business creation accelerator for assessment and feedback.
Students are set real-world challenges by our partners, which enhance both problem-solving skills and awareness of all the technological, environmental and economic factors involved in the decision-making process, and how they interact together. Students are asked to consider a particular real-world challenge, call on historical and current information to propose the most feasible solution, and then justify their proposals to the company setting the challenge. Specialists from various fields are also available to help develop the proposed solution. The results are compared to the path the challenger took in real life. The challenges are based on the case method of teaching, which emphasises problem-oriented, project-based learning.
During their first summer in the MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuel Energy programme, students complete a two-month internship at leading companies in the field of power engineering, research institutes or laboratories. The internship gives students insight into industrial reality and current best practice.
Structured study visits
During the programme, you have the opportunity to visit some of the most up-to-date facilities in Poland, Austria, Germany and other central European countries. A total of 11 structured visits are arranged over the two years of study, covering the full range of modern energy installations, from traditional fossil-fuel based power plants to energy-storage facilities and the best examples of renewable energy in use. The visits give students a valuable perspective on the practical, technical and environmental aspects of contemporary power plants.
Visits include: Bełchatów, the largest lignite power plant in Europe; the Porąbka-Żar hydroelectric power plant; Łagisza power plant, the world’s first supercritical circulating fluidised bed project and the world’s largest circulating fluidised bed boiler; the Guido coal mine; and Tychy Master.
MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuel Energy encourages you to undertake your Master’s thesis with a relevant company in the field, which can be the same company at which you did your internship. Working on the thesis gives you privileged access to some of the most prestigious companies, research centres and installations, whose experts act as mentors of your research.