Advanced Energy Systems

Degrees Offered

  • Master of Science in Advanced Energy Systems (Non-Thesis)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Advanced Energy Systems

Program Description

The Advanced Energy Systems graduate program will leverage significant interdisciplinary technical, techno-economic and policy strengths with basic and applied research at Mines and NREL to create a unique educational and research experience.  It will integrate the research strengths of both institutions to develop solutions to global challenges. Mines has a rich tradition of seeking responsible solutions to using earth resources (especially minerals and water) from survey to extraction to use and re-use, and NREL pushes the state of the art in advanced energy technologies.

With a focus on emerging energy technologies, the program is designed to empower researchers at both institutions to tackle a variety of compelling needs, including:

• Integrating a wide range of energy sources into a flexible grid as power derived from renewables approach cost parity

• Implementing digitized and optimized energy control and management through artificial intelligence that maintains robust cybersecurity

• Addressing economic and policy barriers to deployment of new clean and high-efficiency technologies for energy conversion and storage.

All enrolled students will be part of a community of students, faculty, and NREL technical staff which will foster professional development, cross-disciplinary thinking, and systems understanding of grand energy challenges. A unique aspect of the program, pertaining to the enrolled doctoral students are two, 4-month rotations at NREL to gain insight into technology research and quantitative analysis in advanced energy systems. These rotations will be integrated with professional development toward developing skills for energy research and technical leadership careers. Graduates of this degree program will be uniquely positioned to enter the workforce in roles supporting advanced energy innovation and energy systems integration in government, academia, nonprofits, and the private sector.