Area of Concentration in Energy Systems
The area of concentration in Energy Systems addresses the technical aspects of the production, conversion, storage, distribution and use of different forms of energy. It aims to train professionals in the development and use of tools and methods of modeling, design, control, simulation and evaluation, applied to processes, equipment, and other elements that make up the energy systems. The research developed in this area is directed to the best use of energy resources and to increase the efficiency of the processes involved, from the production to the final use of energy.
This area of concentration is divided into two lines of research:
1. Power Conversion and Control
Energy conversion research is related to the processes of thermal, electrical and mechanical energy transformation, such as those in gas, steam, solar, wind energy, fuel cell, or where conversion involve electric machines and the like. The researches focused on the control of energy conversion processes are related to the development of control strategies with intelligent electric grids, distributed generation, power system automation and modeling and control of linear and nonlinear systems.
2. Biomass and Biotechnology
Biomass and biotechnology research is related to studies of biomass properties, biotechnological conversion of biomass into fuels, production of biofuels, thermochemical conversion of solids, and eventual applications of products, by-products and waste from conversion.