The Energy track offers comprehensive education in the field of energy markets and future energy systems. It focuses on renewable energy, electricity and gas infrastructures and markets, and how possible interventions for their improvement can be designed. These interventions may consist of investment in physical components (or even entirely new infrastructures), changes to the operation and changes to the regulation of the system.
The track is intended for students who are interested in management, policy, consultancy and/or entrepreneurial endeavours within the field of energy markets and future energy systems. Recent developments as smart grids, industrial micro-grids, plug-in (hybrid) electric vehicles, renewable heating systems, the gas roundabout, shale gas and other sources of ‘new gas’ are examples of topics elaborated in the programme.
Master’s thesis projects might, for example, involve consulting on policy analysis for government or industry or working as a corporate strategy analyst, or be related to the activities of plant managers, quality managers and/or consultants involved in operations and tactics in the process industry, or to industrial policymaking. Typical organisations and companies where graduates take up employment are Shell, ECN, Kema, Ecofys, Electrabel, Nuon, Essent, TenneT, Siemens, Philips, GE Plastics, Boskalis, Port of Rotterdam, Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment.