The MSc. programme in Environmental Protection and Energy Production Technologies, aims to confer skills in the application of environmental protection technologies and energy production techniques from renewable sources and waste. This programme presents an integrated and multidisciplinary approach of the energy production and environmental subjects to give a scientific and technological answers to the growing needs of the modern society and industries, in the perspective of the development and implementation of clean technologies to treat generated wastes and to produce energy from alternative sources. In addition to management, communication, team work and research skills, each student will achieve at least the following learning outcomes:
- demonstrate knowledge, fundamental understanding and critical awareness of renewable energy engineering techniques, waste to energy technologies and environmental remediation techniques necessary for energy conversion systems.
- demonstrate systematic knowledge across appropriate advanced technologies and management issues to provide solutions for international industries and/or research organizations.
-Assessment of existing practices and development of creative solutions to new problems and projects;
The programme is comprised three semesters of lectures, tutorials and lab courses, along with a six-month industrial internship or a final Master thesis work. During the six month industrial internship, students are trained inpractical engineering problems. The final master's thesis is an independent, pre-defined scientific project to be completed in a fixed period of six months. The master's thesis is concluded by an oral presentation.
Paulo Brito has a degree in chemical engineering, Processes and Industry specialization, in the Technical Superior Institute; has a master’s degree in “Corrosion Science and Engineering” by UMIST, Manchester University; holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering, by the Technical Higher Institute, University of Lisbon in the electrochemical – on fuel cells. He has also an MBA – Master of Business and Administration. Currently, he is a Coordinator Teacher in the Higher School of Technology and Business, and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP), where he is director of the school. He is also, Institutional Coordinator for I&DT of IPP and responsible for C3i – Investigation and Innovation Interdisciplinary Coordination. The main areas he investigates are related to Bioenergy, waste environmental treatments, materials corrosion and energy galvanic production. He has published more than 150 works,in books, articles and conferences presentations.
Eliseu Monteiro has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Engineering Technologies in the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro; obtained his joint PhD from École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechique (France) and University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Portugal). He joined Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP) in 2012 as Assistant Professor, lecturing Thermodynamics, HVAC and Bioenergy. Currently, he is vice-coordinator of the Environmental Protection Technologies and Energy Production Master of ESTG/IPP and Member of the Scientific Board of ESTG. He supervises 3 ongoing PhD Thesis in Biomass Gasification and various Master Thesis. He has participated in various national and international projects in the area of Energy, Gasification and Combustion and has authored a scientific book, various book chapters, and more than 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and in international conferences. He was the recipient of the Student Paper Competition Award of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2003.
Isabel Machado has a degree in Chemistry (Physical-Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry), at Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon. She has an MSc in Chemical Engineering (Applied Chemistry) and a PhD in Chemistry (Photochemistry), both at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. She is Assistant Professor at Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão (ESTG), Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Portalegre (IPP), Portugal, and she is member of C3i, the Interdisciplinar Center for Research and Innovation of IPP. She co-coordinates the 1st degree on Renewable Energies and Environmental Engineering where she is in charge of Curricular Units of General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Instrumental Methods of Analysis. Isabel L. Ferreira Machado is also permanent member of Centro de Química-Física Molecular and Institute of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies at Instituto Superior Técnico, where she integrates the Surface Photochemistry Lab. Isabel’s research interests lie on Surface Photochemistry of ketones and other probes adsorbed on opaque heterogeneous surfaces. She as strong experience in diffuse reflectance techniques, as well as laser induced time resolved luminescence and laser flash photolysis, for the characterization of the above mentioned systems. Nowadays she works archaeometry, applying the techniques of characterization of opaque surfaces to the study of ancient ceramics. Isabel Ferreira Machado published 33 research papers (ISI Web of Knowledge), one book chapter and presented more than 30 posters national and international conferences.
José Nunes, is assistant professor in the Agrarian Superior School of the Portalegre Polytechnic Institute. Their initial training is in Agronomy, fallow by a master degree in Plant Nutrition, Fertilization and Fertilizers and a PhD in Agronomy Engineering. For more than a decade he’s teaching subjects related to soil science, agriculture sustainability and agricultural waste management. Nowadays he is the Director of the Agrarian Superior School and also the Coordinator of the Investigation group in Sustainable Agriculture of the Portalegre Polytechnic Institute Research Center. He has published several papers in peer review journals and also some books related to sustainable agriculture and environmental impact of agricultural activity. His main interests in research are related to soil sustainability, waste management and the utilization of organic residues as fertilizer in Mediterranean soils.
Portalegres is a town in the interior of Portugal, in the of the Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, by the spanish border.
By its unique geographical location – between the southern plains and the northern mountains; between the Atlantic ocean to the west and the vast Spain to the east – Portalegre is an unknown crossroad, way from the hustle and bustle of big cities, which invites one to live, to work or to study in it.
• Population: (2011): 24930
• Wheater: Mediterranean with wide range of temperatures. Cold and dry winters, sometimes with freezing temperatures over the night; dry and hot summers, with temperatures of around 40º C during the day and warm nights.
o Lisbon – 227 km
o Oporto – 294 km
o Madrid – 436 km
Be a graduate in engineering and/or have relevant CV in the field
Application is submitted for the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or sending to the following address
Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre
Lugar da Abadessa – Apartado 148 | 7301-901 Portalegre
TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION, THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED:
− Copy of detailed academic certificate with date of graduation, degree awarded and final classification
− Copy of ID document and VAT number;
− A signed and detailed Curriculum vitae
− One photography
The candidate’s selection will be made according the following criteria:
Classification and affinity of degree 40%
Academic curriculum 30%
Professional curriculum 20%
Scientific curriculum 10%
FACILITIES AND RESOURCES
Students can take advantage of the lab and semi-industrial-scale test facilities on offer at the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre. We are developing some impressive, semi-industrial-scale bioenergy and renewable energy research and development facilities. IPP has commissioned a bioenergy centre and a technology based incubator, with a semi-industrial fluidized bed gasification plant, a dried and torrefaction system, pellet mill, biomass boiler, and anaerobic digestion system, wind turbine, photovoltaic, and solar thermal test facility on campus at the disposal of the students. Students also have access to impressive laboratory testing facilities allowing complete analyses of solid, liquid and gaseous fuels, such as: gas and liquid chromatography, elemental analysis, proximate analysis, solid and liquid calorimeter, and X-ray fluorescence analyzer.
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
2ND GENERATION BIOFUELS
- Thermal gasification of biomass;
- Development of gasification mathematical models;
- Solid biomass availability in a given region through georeferencing;
- Biomass torrefaction technologies;
- Hydrogen production by high efficient alkali electrolyzers for electrolysis of water, urea, human urine and animal manure;
- Development of catalysts, electrocatalyst, enzymatic and microbial systems, for hydrogen production;
- Biodiesel production by transesterification and hydrogenation;
- Biogas production by anaerobic digestion of cattle manure and agro-industry biomasses;
- Energy storage by coupling anaerobic digestion systems to electrochemical processes and/or enzymatics for the production of hydrogen and/or ammonia;
BIOENERGY LOGISTICS CHAINS
- Identify the elements of the supply chain, the structure, logistics costs, response time, service and the quality of delivery as well as market development in the area of bioenergy - Development of regional supply chains of biomass;
- Implementation of management systems in the bioenergy sector, in particular, incorporating the lean philosophy;
- Impacts of bioenergy in the sustainable development
ENVIRONMENTAL REMEDIATION TECHNOLOGIES
- Adsorption of contaminants in porous materials
- Water treatment using low-cost porous adsorbents
- Advanced oxidation processes sunlight activated
- Environmental remediation of carcinogen pollutants
- Photochemistry of functional dyes for environment, energy and medicine applications
- Use of nanomaterials as functional materials.
- Adaptability of energy crops to the climate and soils
- Optimization of cultivation techniques, seeding and fertilization of oilseeds
- Evaluation of the energy crops production by region
- Economic viability of energy crops