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PhD School



The KIC InnoEnergy PhD School is a programme for doctoral candidates who aim for an education to technical excellence together with a drive for business creation and entrepreneurship in the thematic area of sustainable energy. The PhD School, pillared by a consortium of European universities, works together with industry and research organisations to provide this enhanced form of PhD education.

KIC InnoEnergy is offering to postgraduate students with eligible criteria, the PhD programme on Sustainable Energy. The PhD programme is structured by several tracks, each one with a speciality in one of the Colocation Centres of KIC InnoEnergy (Benelux, Iberia, Alps Valley, Sweden, Poland plus, Germany). Each one of these tracks covers a full PhD education, complemented with industrial internships/experiences and an insight into the entrepreneurial aspects of modern and future energy technology.


Here you will find the Guidelines for KIC InnoEnergy PhD School.

(Fore more information contact with caroline.vondah(at) or directly to each Track direction listed below).

Optional research tracks will be:

FAQs per estudiants


PhD Intelligent Energy-efficient Buildings and Cities

Comming soon: This track of the InnoEnergy PhD School is not yet running. More information will be provided later on the website, when PhD positions are open.


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PhD Energy from Chemical Fuels

Final energy supply, worldwide and also in the European Community, will be based for many more decades on the energetic conversion of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) with an increasing share of biomass and other solar based renewable energy resources, RES. The major challenge for future energy supply systems is the integration of fluctuating RES and output-controlled fossil and biomass based energy conversion processes. The development of fuel- and load-flexible systems for conversion of chemical energy carriers into final energy and chemicals at very high energy efficiencies is the focus of the activities of KIC InnoEnergy working group “Energy from Chemical Fuels”. The PhD track “Energy from Chemical Fuels” will cover all aspects of fuel characterization, fuel production and fuel conversion in lectures and also practical work in the labs of our partners. The major topics are:

  • Fuel production and storage
  • Fuel properties and fuel characterization
  • Thermo-chemical fuel conversion
  • Chemical fuel conversion
  • Biological fuel conversion
  • Efficient combustion systems / power plants

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PhD Renewables (Wind, CSP, Photovoltaics, Wave and Tidal Energy)

Current debates and trends in energy highlight some significant energy systems challenges. The first of these is the need to reverse the energy consumption and emissions trends we have seen over the past decades, fostering a new paradigm for energy systems with high penetration of renewable energies, energy efficiency through the energy supply and demand chain, supported by intelligent energy networks. These challenge call for new ideas, tools, technologies, and policies, along with highly educated peopel to develop and implement them.


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PhD Clean Coal Technologies

Comming soon: This track of the InnoEnergy PhD School is not yet running.More information will be provided later on the website, when PhD positions are open.

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PhD Smart Electric Grid and Electric Storage

This research area has recently become a major national focus in many countries. New requirements — particularly for reduced fossil-fuel dependency — force rapid changes in the energy chain. Electric power grids have to adapt to accommodate different types of generation and load. Changes will occur in the geographical distribution of energy sources. Renewable sources often have significant and poorly predictable variation in their output, necessitating energy-storage or load-controllability to balance the electric grid’s input and output. Loads that previously were supplied from fossil sources, such as heating and transportation, will move to electricity, increasing the load on the grid and the need for new sources. The loading on the grid is thus expected to increase, and the generation sources will generally make grid operation more difficult than now; and yet the dependence on a reliable electricity supply will be even greater. New and improved materials, constructions, strategies and communications are key to coping with these demands. Electric storage, by chemical or other means, is important for transportation and peak-shaving. Development of reliable, smaller, lighter chemical forms of storage is critical to the success of electric road-transport. Storage including pumped hydro, flywheels, and inductive or capacitive storage, can be used to provide balancing-power for the grid, over timescales from days to seconds.

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PhD Sustainable Nuclear and Renewable Energy Convergence

The inter-related challenges of climate change, security of energy supply and competitiveness are multifaceted and require a coordinated response. Nuclear fission is cited together with other low carbon technologies such as renewables and Carbon Capture and Storage technology as one of the contributors to meet the 2020 challenges. By maintaining competitiveness in fission technologies, together with long-term waste management solutions, fission energy will continue to be leading low carbon energy technology in Europe.

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