Energy Consumption Decrease
One of the most effective ways to combat global warming and climate change is to reduce energy consumption. However, this cannot be achieved at the cost of a dramatic reduction in economic well-being, while the human population is expected to continue growing at a rapid rate in future years. This five-year PhD Track aims to train future researchers and engineers in the energy sector capable of facing the necessity of improving the energy efficiency in industries as well as in domestic applications. It starts with a two-year period with advanced courses on the physical principles and engineering challenges of efficient energy conversion and storage. Students also participate in research projects carried out by IP Paris Laboratories involved in the Track and attend seminars on climate protection and energy efficiency. Supervised by experienced researchers at the forefront of research on new energy usages, they thus benefit from first-class research experience. At the end of the second year, the students who meet the academic requirements receive a Master Degree. Those who have achieved outstanding results and identified a thesis subject and a supervisor in one of the involved Labs are allowed to start a three-year PhD program.
Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 120 for the first 2 years of MSc
Duration: 2 years (MSc) + 3 years (PhD)
Courses Location: IP Paris – Ecole Polytechnique, ENSAE Paris, ENSTA Paris, Telecom Paris, Telecom SudParis
This PhD track aims at providing a coherent training program, based on solid scientific bases, to students attracted by research in the field of climate change remediation by energy efficiency improvements.
At the end of the first year, the students should have acquired a high level knowledge of the scientific basis related to energy conversion technologies and the related environment and climate issues. They will also get a broad comprehension of the economy and society impacts of the energy transition. The second term is mainly dedicated to a research internship.
The second year is based on specialization courses in a variety of fields related to energy transition and related technical and economic issues, to be chosen among the rich offer of IP Paris. Students are allocated an individual advisor among the program faculty. They regularly spend time within the research Labs, attend the joint IP Paris research seminars, and conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. They write a research report and are strongly encouraged to prepare a first manuscript for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal.
The Track is organized in a two-year period, at the end of which a Master of Sciences is delivered, followed by a three-year PhD dissertation period. The course program followed by each student is individualized as much as possible according to his/her wishes and in coherence with the targeted PhD subject. The program is validated by the student’s tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty.
First year courses cover the fields of Physics, Mechanics, Chemistry, Thermodynamics, Chemical engineering, applied Mathematics, and Communication sciences.
The second year offers advanced courses dedicated to energy conversion technologies and the ways to increase their efficiency and reduce wastes. Courses in management and economics are also taught. Here is a non-exhaustive list of courses that may be chosen:
- Climate change & energy transition
- Modeling for Energy and Climate
- Optimization of energy processes
- Chemical storage of energy
- Stochastic and dynamic optimization: adaptive storage and delivery of REN
- Smart grid for renewable energy
- IoT and energy management
- Economics of Energy Markets
- Energy economics with a geography focus
- Environmental management
During the three-year Doctorate program, the students are submitted to the rules of IP Paris Doctoral School and have to validate a set of doctoral courses.
- CIRED (UMR 8568)
- CMAP: Applied Mathematics Center (UMR 7641)
- CREST: Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (UMR 9194)
- I3: Interdisciplinary Institute for Innovation (UMR 9217)
- IMSIA: Institute of Mechanical Sciences and Industrial Applications (UMR 9219)
- INFRES (Telecom Paris)
- IPSL (FR 636)
- IPVF: The Institut Photovoltaïque d’Île-de-France (UMR 9006)
- LadHyX: Hydrodynamics Laboratory (UMR 7646)
- LCM: Molecular Chemistry Laboratory (UMR 9168
- LIX: Computer Science Laboratory (UMR 7161)
- LMD: Dynamic Meteorology Laboratory (UMR 8539)
- LMS: Solids Mechanics Laboratory (UMR 7649)
- PICM: Physics of Interfaces and Thin Films Laboratory (UMR 7647)
- PMC: Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory (UMR 7643)
- LSI: Irradiated Solids Laboratory (UMR 7642)
- LSO: Organic Synthesis Laboratory (UMR 7652)
- LTCI: Information Processing and Communications Laboratory (Telecom Paris)
- SAMOVAR (UMR 5157)
- UCP: Chemistry and Processes UER (ENSTA Paris)
- U2IS: Computer Science and System Engineering Laboratory UER (ENSTA Paris)
- UMA: Applied Mathematics UER (ENSTA Paris)
The offer of PhD subject on topics related to energy transition and climate change mitigation will be strengthened through the Energy for Climate (E4C) Interdisciplinary Center. The PhD Track is intended for outstanding students wishing to pursue a PhD in one of the IP Paris laboratories involved in E4C. It gives the opportunity to start working on a long-term research project while being funded from the beginning of the Master.
The following companies may be cited as examples of industrial partners of the PhD Track: Total; ENGIE; EDF; PSA Peugeot Citroën; Saint-Gobain; Schneider Electric; Air Liquide; Alstom; Cogenpower; Nam.R; Zinium; etc. Some of these companies are strongly involved in the E4C Interdisciplinary Center and participate in the development of demonstrators and platforms. Students thus have the opportunity to take practical training on pilot-scale research facilities addressing the major issues of the energy transition during their internships.
Licence/BSc (or equivalent diploma) with highest honors in one of the following disciplines: energy engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, sustainable development. A high motivation and potential for research is essential. Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year.
English Level B2 (Students who studied in English speaking Colleges are exempted).
The deadline for PhD Track application is February 28, 2020
Eligible applicants on the basis of the provided documentation will be contacted for an interview from the 15th of March onwards.
You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.
Successful applicants will obtain a three-year PhD scholarship for year 3 to 5.