Spring School Energy Transitions 2015

“Energy Transition”

China CO2 neutral by 2040

March 1 – March 15, 2015

Shanghai & Hangzhou

Introduction: The SEEEP High Level Spring (or Summer/Winter) School

The CLUSTER Doctoral Schools are organized within the Sino-EU Engineering Education Platform and SESE Doctoral Schools for Sustainability Engineering.

The High Level Summer School on Energy bring professors & PhD candidates from the highest level together to come up with solutions to the grant societal challenges, such as sustainable energy, energy transitions, health or active aging.

The High Level Summer Schools are big schools, lasting for two weeks, and consisting of multiple universities from China and Europe. Aim is to have 15-18 professors from European & Chinese partners, teaching up to 70 PhD’s from both sides. Active participation from Industry and Municipalities is required for assignments which will be solved by PhD’s in multidisciplinary and multinational teams.

The High Level Seasonal Schools take place every year, 2015 in China, 2016 in Europe, 2017 in China, etc.

The 2015 Sino-Eu Spring School on Energy Transition

The Topic of the school is ‘Energy Transition’.  The school will combine technologies and systems studies  to design  energy transition pathways of ‘China CO2 neutral 2040’. A follow up is planned for 2016, ‘Europe CO2 neutral by 2040’.

The format of the school combines morning lectures by well-known scientist from our community. During the first week the PhD candidates work in groups on concepts/challenges to a specified assignment. At the end of the week the concept will be presented to design critics. The concepts will be studied on feasibility the 2nd week, leading to the final presentation.

System studies for the entire energy system will be carried out, based on back casting and different scenarios.

The PhD school aims at developing multi-disciplinary skills of PhD students related to system engineering, design thinking, team working, presentation skills, and peer learning. One expects to form 8-10 student teams that will work on a challenge and present results at the end of the workshop. The student teams are expected to work as team with minimal guidance. The first day lectures will introduce design thinking and basics of project management.

The workshop is organized by:

  • Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Zhejiang University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University

The Spring PhD school is planned to run for two weeks, one week in Shanghai and one in Hangzhou, with four organizing Universities: Tue, KTH, SJTU and ZJU.

In 2016 the school would be given in Europe at Eindhoven and Stockholm respectively.

The school gathers over 60 participants from EU and China, more than 20 professors from Europe and China.

The program is divided into five distinctive parts:

  1. Introduction and problem formulation (identification of challenges),
  2. work week 1 (identifying solutions)
  3. reconsideration (new ideas),
  4. work week 2 (finalization) and
  5. final presentations.

Ten student groups (approx.) are formed prior to the start based on previous competence and experience.  Each group consists of a mix of students from the four universities. Each group is awarded two supervisors after the initial problem formulation presentation held on the afternoon day 3. The idea here is to maximize the utilization of the supervisor special competences. Each group receives one supervisor from KTH or TU/ee and one Chinese counterpart.

The student groups can choose from given proposed challenges or elaborate their own.

Each day from day 3-5 start with a 45 minute keynote giving further input to the groups. The groups are responsible for setting up short meetings with the two supervisors assigned.

The second week  in  Zjeijang  provides the students with further inspiration and it is important that lectures given the second week are encouraging and inspirational and focused on recent case studies or experience from ongoing projects in China or Europe since the students groups are working on a specific challenges already defined during the first week. Also general methodological issues and challenges related to systems analysis and modelling is well suited here.

Basically: lectures in the beginning (first week) should address challenges and proposed solutions (new idéas)  and further lectures (Second week) should provide suggestions for solutions and examples such as case studies.

The School will render 4ECTS credits to participating PhD students.

Learning Outcomes

Intended learning outcomes:

  • Provide understanding of the energy transition from a global context,
  • Deep insight into the energy system of the world, in particular in the context of emerging economies.
  • Provide insight into the scale of the energy transition in a country like China that depends largely on coal.
  • Get insight into system modelling and back casting methodology

The PhD-candidates will be assessed on skills to independently penetrate a complex challenge in a team and provide a solution. Additional assessed skills:

  • teamwork in transdisciplinary context
  • teamwork in multicultural context
  • presentation skills
  • design

Venue & dates

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Week 10

Sunday 1 March – Sunday 8 March

Zhejiang University

Week 11

Sunday 9 March – Sunday 15 March

Contact & more information

Erik de Jong

CLUSTER Coordinator


+31 (0) 40 247 8175

List of Professors

  Professor Department Chair Topic
KTH Prof.Dr. Lennart Söder Electrical Engineering Electrical Energy Systems Smart Grids – Wind Power Systems
KTH Prof. Dr Lars Nordstöm Electrical Engineering Electrical Energy Systems Developing communication and control systems for Smart Power Systems
KTH Prof.Dr. Göran Engdahl Electrical
Electromagnetic Engineering Electrotechnical modelling and design
KTH Dr. Olga Kordas Built Environment Energy Systems System Studies, Smart Cities
KTH Prof. Mark Howells Energy Technology Energy System Modelling Models of Energy Systems
KTH Prof.Dr Per Lundquist Mechanical
Energy Technology Thermodynamics
KTH Dr Yanting Sun Internet Communication
Solid state semi-conductors High efficient Solar PV
SJTU Prof. Dong Liu Electrical Engineering Power Systems Smart Distribution Network; Cyber-Physical System for Power Grid; Energy management system
SJTU Assoc. Prof.Assoc. HeadKeyou Wang Electrical Engineering Power Systems Grid Integration of renewable energy;Power System Dynamic and Stability
SJTU Assoc.Prof. Distinguished Researcher Miao Zhu Electrical Engineering Power Electronics Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Generation
SJTU Assoc. Prof.Qian Gao Electrical Engineering Power Electronics Wind generation modeling, electric machines and their control
SJTU Assoc. Prof.Lijun Hang Electrical Engineering Power Electronics Power Electronics Converter and renewable energy
SJTU Lecturer Dr.Lin Feng Electrical Engineering Power Electronics Electric Vehicle,Electric Machine
SJTU Assoc. Prof.Yue Hu Electrical Engineering
TU/e Prof.Dr. Wil Kling Electrical Engineering Electrical Energy Systems Smart Grids
TU/e Prof.Dr.Ir. Jan Hensen Built Environment Building Physics and Services Energy and Buildings
TU/e Dr. Peter Wouters Electrical Engineering Electrical Energy Systems Diagnostic techniques in high-voltage systems
ZJU Prof. Zhihua Wang,Qiushi Youth Scholar Energy Engineering Energy & Environmental Science Integration of cooperative removal of various pollutants,Combustion Technology with High efficiency and low pollution
ZJU Prof. Shengyong Lu, Qiushi Youth Scholar Energy Engineering Energy & Environmental Science Solid waste heat treatment process,Emission control mechanism research and technology development in Toxic Organic PollutantsDioxins Detection and Degradation
ZJU Prof. Kun LuoExcellent Youth Scholar Winner of NSFC Energy Engineering Energy & Environmental Science Energy utilization process of complex multiphase reaction, Numerical simulation of Wind flow, Air Pollution and Air Quality model
ZJU Assoc. Prof.Zheng Bo, Qiushi Youth Scholar Energy Engineering Energy & Environmental Science Advanced energy storage technology,Energy and mass transfer analysis model of energy storage and conversion process,Low temperature plasma chemistry and physics of energy and environmental applications,
ZJU Assoc. Prof.Chenghang Zheng Energy Engineering Energy & Environmental Science Pollutant emission reduction and high grade resource comprehensive utilization technology, using waste to treat Waste pollutants efficiently control technology,Low carbon control of pollutants emission reduction process
ZJU Assoc. Prof.Tao Wang, Qiushi Youth Scholar Energy Engineering Energy & Environmental Science Greenhouse gas emission reduction,Carbon dioxide reforming isolated directly from synthesis gas,China’s shale gas exploitation and utilization,CCS(Carbon Capture and Storage)