Application to BSc or MSc thesis project in Cuba

BSc or MSc thesis project in Cuba

KTH/ITM/EGI/EKV 2019-10-02 Anders Malmquist andmal@kth.se 08 790 7447
 
BSc or MSc thesis project in Cuba – spring 2020

Two Linnaeus-Palme scholarships are available for doing the thesis project at Universidad Central de Las Villas (UCLV) in Santa Cara, Cuba.

The two scholarships are intended for two students who study on an Energy Technology program at KTH, to do the BSc thesis (KEX) or MSc thesis.
Both students are expected to work on the same project.
Below, two short project alternatives are described. When students have been selected, they shall elaborate the chosen project description together with the supervisor in UCLV.

Project descriptions

Project 1:

General Field for project 1: Energy management in the sugar industry for an efficient use of the cane sugar biomass to provide energy services.

Context

Cuba is a small Island located in the Caribbean Sea, with an extension of 109,886.19 km² and a population of about 11,000,000, having electric energy services 98.2% of the country. The national electric network has an installed power capacity of about 6,000 MW, but only roughly 4.5% of the power comes from renewable energy (RE) sources. On the other hand the electricity cost is being too high, 21.1 USD cent per kWh, compare with Europe or Asia where electricity cost is about 9.2 and 11.1 USD cent per kWh respectively. In this context a new policy for the development of RE has been launched by the government, in order to increase the share of the RE in the Cuban energy matrix, and decrease energy cost. An especial contribution is expected from the sugar cane industry, a sector where cogeneration projects has been succeeded all over the world. Currently the installed capacity on this sector using cogeneration scheme is 470 MW, and is expected to rise up to 950 MW from 2018 to 2030, generating electricity at a cost lower than 15 USD cent per kWh. With this purpose 25 facilities will be upgraded, called then bioelectric. In this context a detailed evaluation of cogeneration projects is needed.

Title: Alternatives analysis to improve the energy performance of a sugar mill with a milling capacity of 4,600 ton of cane per day in the Cuban context.

Main tasks

Assess the energy performance under the current energy scheme of the Sugar Mill. Propose and evaluate alternatives to improve the energy performance. Carry out a comparative analysis between current energy scheme and the proposed alternatives from economic, energy efficiency and environmental point of view.

Project 2:

General Field for project 2: Energy solutions based on thermal solar technologies in the Cuban context.

Title: Solar cooking – solar energy potential

Context

Cuba is a small Island located in the Caribbean Sea, with an extension of 109,886.19 km² and a population of about 11,000,000, having electric energy services 98.2% of the country. The national electric network has an installed power capacity of about 6,000 MW, but only roughly 4.5% of the power comes from renewable energy (RE) sources. In this context a new policy for the development of RE has been launched by the government, in order to increase the share of the RE in the Cuban energy matrix, and decrease energy cost. The location of Cuba in the tropical area make the country ideal for the implementation of energy solution based on solar technologies. Solar energy solution can reduce the dependency of the fossil fuels and significantly increase the sustainability of the Cuban energy matrix.

Main tasks

Investigate the solar energy potential of the country. Explore applicable energy solutions based on solar thermal energy emphasizing in solar concentration technologies for medium temperature (about 200ºC) and its applications, especially for cooking using parabolic trough collectors. Elaborate a project for a specific application, e.g. solar cooking system for the Central University kitchen.

General information

Each scholarships is SEK 20.000 for travelling, accommodation, living expenses and visa. No additional funding is available from KTH or the Linneaus-Palme programme.

There is a requirement to spend 10 weeks with the host university, preferably March-May or a bit earlier.

Supervision will mainly be performed by the local supervisor at UCLV, Prof. Dr. Idalberto Herrera or an appointed colleague.

Main supervisor at KTH is Assoc. Prof. Anders Malmquist, Dept. of Energy Technology.

Local supervision is in English, but at least one of the scholarship holders should have at least basic knowledge in Spanish.

Team up with a fellow student and make a joint application on the
latest 2019-10-13
 to Anders Malmquist (andmal@kth.se)

Include CV, Transcripts of academic results and indicate the preferred project alternative (project 1 or 2 above) and a short motivation.

For more information, please contact Anders Malmquist (andmal@kth.se) and/or check the Linnaeus-Palme information at Studera.nu .

Welcome to submit your application!

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