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Training electrical engineers from and in Ukraine

The use of more distributed renewable energy sources connected through power electronic converters can mitigate climate change. However, the demand for more electric transport requires power electronic specialists. In Western Europe there is a lack of electrical engineers, and in Eastern Europe highly skilled engineers are underpaid. The EU-funded ETUT project will improve the career prospects of Ukrainian engineers through collaborations with leading European universities. The aim is to train more electrical engineers so they can be absorbed in the European labour market. The project will model, design, estimate, quantify and monitor economic measures for a reliable, safe, effective and greener electrical transport system. The training programme will include innovative methods to be applied in electric transport.

Objective

Climate change means a huge challenge as we have to use more distributed renewable energy sources, which are all connected via power electronic converters, and in this same time frame personal transport is shifting rapidly towards more electric transport with a great demand for power electronic specialists. But simultaneously we experience a massive lack of electrical engineers in western Europe, while the lack of good paying jobs in eastern Europe force highly skilled engineer to work in under-payed jobs not matching their training.

The ETUT societal objectives are:

  • to provide bigger career perspective for Ukrainian engineers via collaboration with top western universities, and
  • to train more electrical engineers, making them available for European society.

The scientific objectives are to develop and integrate advanced methods to model, design, evaluate, measure and monitor economic, measures for a safe, reliable, efficient and greener electrical transport system.

The detailed coordinated multidisciplinary multinational doctoral training program will provide the trainee researchers with a complete broad experience and at the same time allow them to develop and eventually lead their focused area of research.

Specific innovations expected to be achieved through ETUT are integration of power electronics with battery management systems, simulation and modelling methodologies to develop integrated electrical power systems for electrical transport and a novel approach to the supply of electrical energy to railway networks. This may have far reaching consequences and may even see the railway network supporting or replacing local electrical utility networks.

Dissemination methods to realize optimal impact will include scientific publications, presentations and workshops, summer schools, training of engineers in industry and dissemination through newsletters, interviews, school visits, websites and social media.