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Bi-national Program 'Renewable Energy' with the University of Victoria, Canada

In order to further improve university education in the field of Renewable Energy, we have established a bi-national PhD program with the University of Victoria, Canada. Together, we are able to cover even more aspects of RE since we can draw from more disciplines than in Oldenburg alone: PhD students in the bi-national program can be supervised in Oldenburg, Victoria, or at both universities - or they can expand their research activities and cover other aspects of their topics as an exchange student in Canada for a certain amount of time. We co-operate with the interdisciplinary IESVic:

IESVic - Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (Prof. Dr. Peter Wild)

The Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria is a multi-disciplinary research institute whose mission statement is, To Chart Feasible Paths to Sustainable Energy Systems. The IESVic is unique in its big picture approach to sustainable energy research. Collaboration between mechanical engineers, economists and environmental scientists is the norm rather than the exception. Students get hands-on experience, examining entire sustainable energy systems – from harnessing, storing and converting energy sources to delivering end-user services. And when they encounter barriers to sustainable energy's widespread adoption, they develop technologies and expertise to overcome them. This passion and determination has made IESVic a go-to source of expertise for industry leaders. Members of IESVic collaborate with industries, government research labs and university researchers in British Columbia, Canada and around the world.

The Center was founded in 1989 and, through its first decade, focused primarily on hydrogen and fuel cells systems research. Since 2000, the IESVic has developed complementary research programmes in renewable energy and transportation as well as an overarching programme in technoeconomic analysis of energy systems. As of October 2010, the Institute has 75 active members (15 faculty members from five academic disciplines; 2 staff; 1 research engineer, 3 postdoctoral fellows; 50 graduate research students; 2 research associates and 2 co-ops). Members of IESVic collaborate with industries, government research labs and university researchers in British Columbia, Canada and around the world. 

The key impacts of IESVic are:

  • publications in leading archival journals;
  • enhanced competitiveness of our industrial partners, and;
  • graduates who are well-placed in industry, government and the non-governmental organizations.

Disciplines and Researchers

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