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Chair of Energy Application Engineering


Postal address:
Chair of Energy Application Engineering
Institute of Technology
Estonian University of Life Sciences
56/1  Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi  St. 51006, Tartu Estonia
 Chair Holder: Protima Rauwel, Senior Researcher Materials Science and Nanotechnlogy
Tel. (+372) 731 3322





Chair of Energy Engineering

Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in Estonia whose priorities in academic and research activities provide the sustainable development of natural resources necessary for the existence of Man. The energy related research in the university´s Chair of Energy Engineering include, but are not limited to: energy data analytics, renewable energy generation (wind, solar and biomass), energy management, automation, energy efficient buildings and thermal energy. The Republic of Estonia has 100% coverage with smart electricity meters and the university is located in Tartu which has currently city districts retrofitted into smart districts.

Distributed energy generation and nearly zero energy buildings


 Our research group works on the development of concepts for distributed power generation and on-site renewable energy supply for nearly zero energy buildings. We use high resolution energy datasets for the modelling of energy processes for example in the MatLab software package.
Additionally to the modelling our renewable energy and digital electronics laboratories enable practical measurements and experiments. The renewables laboratory has technical capabilities for wind and solar energy generation, storage, data acquisition, different load profiles and on-grid or off-grid operation regimes.
Currently we are involved as a partner in the ERDF project Estonian Centre of Excellence in Zero Energy and Resource Efficient Smart Buildings and Districts and have been a partner in H2020 projects like Panel2050.
We are interested in partnerships where we can offer our expertise in data analytics, remote metering, renewables, demand response and smart grids.






New nanomaterials for energy application


 As of 1st September 2020, The Energy Applications Engineering Chair has also a new research activity in new nanomaterials for energy applications. These include carbon nanomaterials, oxide nanoparticles and metal oxide nanoparticles. The research activities include synthesizing new nanomaterials and combining them with carbon based materials in order to obtain novel optical, electrical and thermal properties. The oxide nanomaterials range from simple semiconductors like ZnO to perovskite nanoparticles like SrHfO3. Their application include light emitting diodes, photovoltaic cells and thermal insulators. Before fabricating devices of these nanomaterials, they are thoroughly studied using different characterization techniques such as XRD, TEM, SEM, PL, XPS among others.

Blue-green emission from HfO2-CNT nanoparticles

Photocurrent generation from HfO2-CNT nanostructures

Silver nanoparticle for plasmonic enhancement in optical applications