Department of Building, Energy & Society

Energy Technologies

My Studies


Student projects

The Master's degree programme gives you the best possible preparation for your future career. You will work on practical projects, ideally conducted in cooperation with our partners in business and industry. The project teams are organised in small groups and supported by specialists on the programme. Together with our industry partners, which include Asfinag, Böhler, ÖBB, OMV, Holding Graz, RHIMagnesita, MVG and voestalpine and regional energy suppliers, you will explore current topics in the environmental, energy and mobility sectors. Our students often go on to make these research topics the subject of their Master’s thesis. This opens up excellent job and career prospects.

Current student projects

Interdisciplinary energy project

In the first semester of their studies, students are assigned with an interdisciplinary energy project covering input from the lectures “Renewable Energy Generation”, “Energy Networks & Hybrid Technologies” as well as “Storage & Power-to-X Technologies”. The main task for students is to draft the energy supply system (electricity, natural gas, district heating) for a local district.

In detail, students have to investigate the total energy demand (load profiles) and the structures of the energy grids in this region. Potentials to replace fossil fuels should be identified and where and how renewables can be implemented as well as the need for energy storage capacities have to the identified. Environmental compatibility (protection of natura and accordance with tourism) and residential rights have to be considered. At the end of the semester the students present their recommendations to a jury.

  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Semester: 1st semester
  • Project support: Christof Sumereder, Matthias Theißing, Josef Bärnthaler

Sustainable Supply Chain Management

What can be done to increase the energy and resource efficiency of industrial companies and make them more climate friendly? This core question provides the starting point for the semester project "Sustainable Supply Chain Management". In this project, students explore ways and means of achieving greater sustainability and efficiency for industrial supply chains. The project is kicked off with a guest lecture on "Sustainability in Industry" delivered by an expert from RHIMagnesita AG. The project groups use this information to develop different strategies and recommendations for sustainable purchasing in the fields of "Transport", "Energy", "Services" and "Packaging". The recommendations for action are finally presented to a jury of experts from RHIMagnesita AG.

  • Duration: 1 semester
  • Semester: 2nd semester
  • Project support: Karin Kuchler
  • Project partner: RHIMagnesita