Industrial participants were impressed by high standard at PhD symposium

Monday 30 Nov 15

DTU Energy's third annual PhD symposium with industrial participation showed high quality research in energy technologies. Industrial participants were impressed.

DTU Energy's third PhD symposium was well attended and a welcome opportunity for researchers and industry to meet and let new knowledge meet experienced practitioners. Six companies participated, and they were impressed with the high standard of research into energy technologies at DTU Energy.

Marc Bergstein represented Scandlines, which in 2013 was the first ferry operator worldwide to introduce a ferry with hybrid propulsion system. The ferry line envisions upgrading from hybrid to totally emission free ferries when the technology is commercially viable, and Marc Bergstein participated at the PhD symposium to be updated on the current state of research in emission free technologies.

"We are very interested in what happens within energy storage and fuel cells, and DTU Energy research in energy technologies that will be state-of-the-art in five, ten or twenty years. Although we are now working with batteries, we want to be at the forefront and be first movers once again," said Marc Bergstein.

"DTU Energy research in energy technologies that will be state-of-the-art in five, ten or twenty years. Although we are now working with batteries, we want to be at the forefront and be first movers"
Marc Bergstein, representing Scandlines

Dave Hampson from Hampson Consulting was like Marc Bergstein very impressed with the research.

"I have a background in renewable energy and we work on bringing Cleantech Companies together. I came here with a practitioner background to see things from a business angle, and I found many of the projects at this PhD symposium really exciting and insightful, "said Dave Hampson.

"It is my first participation at a PhD symposium and it has been a pretty good experience so far."

Business cards were exchanged as new research was presented, and several new networks and contacts was founded, as the 45 PhD students from DTU Energy mingled with other researchers and representatives from industry to discuss their research and projects. 28 Ph.D. students presented posters and 17 presented their research orally, and they all found the symposium to be a great experience.

"It was a good experience to be allowed to present my research. It's a good exercise before I make talks at conferences, and it was also good because people came with questions to my research, which both showed what is good and where I'm missing something, "said PhD student Safdar Malik. He presented his project "Contact resistance in thermoelectrics" orally, and he found it very interesting to see what the other PhD students are doing. DTU Energy is large, and very few have an overview of all the research that happens.

"PhD students are involved in a large part of our research, but we are a big department, so unless you do a project together across sections, you don’t really know what the others at the department are researching in. The PhD symposium is a good opportunity to get knowledge for students, researchers and business people alike", said head of section Luise Theil Kuhn.

The best poster was presented by Raquel Reolon on “Integration of functional layers for thin film-based fuel cell: strategies and challenges”. The evaluation panel found that she had made a fine job, making a poster which gave a good overview and a clear conclusion. The best oral presentations were made by Theis Løye Skafte on “Degradation and lifetime of solid oxide cells and stacks” and Tiago Ramos on “Alignment algorithms for enhanced high-resolution tomography”.

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