It is now widely accepted that climate change is already happening. One of the main drivers and easy to understand is the sharp increase in CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. A shift to lower CO2 emissions or CO2-free technologies is therefore imperative. The successes of the energy transition e.g. in Germany so far are quite presentable. However, apart from the time factor, there are still many problems with the successful implementation of the energy transition. In addition to improved technologies for the use of renewable energies, complementary generation plants will certainly be needed in the future, which will have to step in, whenever renewables from wind or sun cannot deliver. These could be modern gas-fired power plants, or coal-fired power plants with CO2 capture and its use in industry. Even if it is currently inconceivable in Germany, there will be many countries in the world that will use nuclear power plants of the latest generation to secure electricity supply from CO2-free sources. In times with a lot of wind energy or PV feed-in, these surpluses will have to be converted into heat or gas by sector coupling plants. In addition, there will be many stationary battery storage systems or e-cars with vehicle-to-grid capability, that make their batteries available to the power grid as storage at certain times. The electricity grid will also have to be completely reconstructed for this completely different generation.
And for all of this we highly educated engineers in power engineering, e.g. from this double degree PhD programme in Power Engineering in close cooperation between BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg and MPEI -Russian National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute.

If you click to the a.m. links, you will find very detailed information on the actual status of the power system transition in Germany, so that you can get a first feeling on how challenging research in power engineering actually and also the long range future is and will be.

Within your 4 years double degree PhD programme in Power Engineering, you will be supervised by one professor at BTU and also by another professor at MPEI. The related chairs or departments you can find in the sub-menu of Chairs . Within your research work, which is about 2/3 of your PhD programme, you will stay about 2 years at BTU in Cottbus and another 2 years at MPEI in Moscow. Details on the related city and university, you can find either under Cottbus and BTU or Moscow and MPEI.