Department of Energy Engineering


Mission

The mission of the Department of Energy Engineering is to define the development pathways in energy engineering and to educate students on a way that enables them to solve issues as energy engineers with scientific sophistication through developing responsibility for the future generation.

Head of Department

GYULA GRÓF, PhD, (Head of Department, Associate Professor, mathematician-engineer) graduated from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. Research fields are analysis and modelling of energy systems, theory of heat conduction, development of methods and devices for determination of thermo-physical material properties. Elected official and active member of Hungarian and international scientific organizations for several years; Secretary of the Committee on Fluid and Thermal Engineering of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Hungarian National Committee of WEC. Member of the Hungarian Academy of Engineering, editor of the Hungarian periodical Energiagazdálkodás (Energy Management). Subproject manager of Sustainable Energy within the BME Research University programme, which is a high priority research area.

Heritage

The Department of Energy Engineering dates back to the Institutum Geometricum and to the subjects of power machines and energy plants taught by Ignác Horváth and later by Ottó Petzval. Miksa Bielek, followed by Emil Schimanek delivered lectures about heat engines for 30 years from 1904. Zoltan Komody managed the Department of Steam Engines and Refrigerators from 1946. László Heller established the Department of Energy Management in 1951 and András Lévai established the Department of Heat Engines in 1953. In 1978 they were united into the Institute of Thermal Energy and Systems Engineering, headed by Director Imre Szabó. The Department of Heat Engines was founded in 1960 and was directed by Dezső Brodszky until 1972. It was directed by Gábor Bassa until 1989 and later by Antal Penninger. The Department of Energy Engineering was established in 1992 directed by Gergely Büki and László Rádonyi from 1996. The Department of System and Control Engineering was established and directed by Imre Szabó and later by Albin Zsebik. The Department of Energy Engineering in its present form was established in 2002. It was directed by Antal Penninger until 2008 and is now followed by Gyula Gróf.

Education

The department offers undergraduate programmes (BSc) in mechanical engineering, energy engineering, mechatronics and product design and postgraduate programmes (MSc) in mechanical engineering, energy engineering and mechanical modelling. It also offers research programmes (PhD) and specialized education in energy production. The department pioneered the establishment of energy engineering education in Hungary and it has been coordinating the education programmes since. It played a key role in introducing the two-level education system as well as in establishing the BSc and MSc courses in energy engineering. Crucial core subjects offered by the department include Engineering Thermodynamics I-II, Heat Engines, Energy Engineering I-II and Energy Supply.  Besides providing solid theoretical background in core subjects, we pay special attention to laboratory practice and measurements. All students of mechanical engineering and energy engineering can work in a high-quality laboratory where measurements can be carried out on modern and traditional power machines and on equipment like micro-turbine, gas engine, condensing boiler, mid-scale FBC facility, heat pump, internal combustion engine and steam turbine. A renewable energy laboratory and a modern training local substation were added to our facility this year. We also prepare our students with energy engineering related knowledge in law and economy. We often invite specialists to deliver lectures from the government, companies and civil societies. Students can study modern computational methods of thermodynamics, heat transfer and fluid mechanics, simulation tools of energy processes and systems, symbolic mathematical and engineering software products in a new computer laboratory with 18 workstations. The department has been a member of a Consortium of five universities since 2007, as a result of a successful EU tender within the Erasmus Mundus program.

Research

At the Department of Energy Engineering, research is carried out in the field of systems and machinery, connected with transformation and efficient utilization of energy carriers as well as economic, social and natural processes. We contribute to solving social dimensions of energy challenges through basic research, applied research and experimental development for harmonized and environmental-friendly application of energy sources, in order to provide their competitiveness and supply security. Economic basis of research activities is provided by a wide range of industrial R+D projects and by means obtained within grants published by the scientific fund OTKA, by the research office NIH and the EU. Resources are continuously invested in the development of the laboratory. In addition to Hungarian institutions, we co-operate with Canadian, German, French, Portuguese, Polish and South-African universities on various fields. Staff members of the department actively participate in scientific organizations; the editorial board of the periodical Energiagazdálkodás (Energy Management) is located in the department; the International Conference on Heat Engines and Environmental Protection (HEEP) is being organized by our department since 1993 in every second year, now we are after the 11th conference held in June 2013. We take part in elaboration of background studies about social and economic aspects of energy supply and make proposals for policy and regulation. We work for leader companies of the industry on technological and economic issues related to direct and CHP generation projects. We develop solutions in a new approach for power station control. As a result of research of air pollution by energy industry, a measurement system and software for determination of pollutant propagation have been developed at our department. Numerous pilot programs for utilization of renewable energy sources (biomass, biogas, bio-ethanol) as well as for direct or CHP energy development have been completed with our participation. Our water regime researches contributed to our expertise of NPP Paks to reach the level of developed countries. We carry out continuous research on our test benches in relation to the utilization of renewable fuels and to the determination of effects of fuel additives in IC engines.