Energy students receive first prize for ”Heat Storage Based on PCM for Concentrated Solar Power Applications” · 5. July 2011
An extraordinary effort and innovative approach marks the common denominator for the three project groups from the Department of Energy Technology at Aalborg University who were honoured with awards from the Energy Sponsor Programme at this year’s graduation. In total 6 groups were nominated for the three prices.
The Energy Sponsor Programme was established as a co-operation between companies in the energy sector, and July 30th was the third time that the Programme gave out awards to the most talented project groups. The first prize was DKK 25,000, the second prize DKK 15,000, and the third prize DKK 10,000.
The first prize was given to Jan Kragbæk and Nis Peter Reinholdt, graduates from Thermal Energy and Process Engineering, and the students proudly accepted the award. Their 10th semester project was carried out in cooperation with the Danish company Aalborg CSP (Concentrated Solar Power). Aalborg CSP specialises in solar energy plants which they sell worldwide and they have sold equipment which has an electric power production in excess of 270MW.
- The students, Jan Kragbæk and Nis Peter Reinholdt, made a model of the heat exchange process in the storage vessel and modelled the movement of the melting front through the molten salt. To model the melting process the students had, amongst other things, to read a considerable amount of literature on the heat and flow properties of salt mixtures. This literature was mostly highly specialised to the property of materials and much beyond that covered under their education, says supervisor to the group, associate professor Thomas Condra and continues: - The students wrote a section in their report which was of exceptional clarity and the external examiner, employed in industry, stated that "...this section is so readable that it could only have been written by someone who really in detail understood the subject..".
The second prize went to Cosmin Banceanu and Iulian Vranceanu, and the third price to Jakob Glasdam who studied Wind Power Systems and Electrical Power Systems and High Voltage Engineering, respectively.
The prizes were given to the three project groups because they made an extraordinary and solid effort in their project work. One of the criteria for the awards is innovation and originality. The decisions have been made on basis of supervisors’ nominations plus the marks given to the groups at their project exams.
- The Energy Sponsor Programme stems from co-operation between the Department of Energy Technology and a range of Danish companies within the energy sector. The overall purpose of the Programme is to strengthen the energy engineering educational programmes and hereby ensure the necessary competences for the future. The members of the Programme are: Dong Energy, Vestas, Siemens Wind Power, FLSmidth, Lodam electronics, KK-Electronic, Aalborg Energi Technik and Sauer-Danfoss.
- Associate professor Thomas Condra, project supervisor to the winners, phone (45) 3062 2982 or (45) 9868 6199.
- Read more about Aalborg CSP
- Chairman of the Energy Sponsor Programme, Professor Lasse Rosendahl, phone (45) 9940 9263.
- Secretariat: Hanne Munk Madsen, phone (45) 9940 3313, and Maria Hald Friis, phone (45) 9940 9238.
- Read more about the Energy Sponsor Programme.