The Energy Field of Study at AIT is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing technology, planning and management aspects.
Since 1979, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) has been engaged in training energy specialists in response to the regional needs for developing capability, and for efficient development and management of the energy sector. The objective of energy studies at AIT is to train professionals to serve in national and international institutions, research planning and development departments of energy ministries, energy utilities, energy companies, industries, energy conservation agencies and consulting firms, and educational and research institutions. The Energy Field of Study works within the framework of the School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD) of AIT. The focus of energy studies at AIT is on the following areas: energy and the environment, renewable energy and energy efficiency, energy systems (supply and demand) management, energy economics and planning, electric power systems management, and restructuring of energy industries.
The Energy Field of Study at AIT is interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing technology, planning and management aspects to address the current and emerging needs of the energy sector. Students can specialize in five areas:
a) Electric Power System Management (EPSM)
The objective of Electric Power system Management (EPSM) is to prepare graduates with knowledge and skill in operational management of power utilities. This area of specialization covers the emerging issues of evolving electric utility business environment, with its changing levels of uncertainty, regulations and competition. More specifically, it deals with issues in the organization and finance of a power utility, regulatory development, demand-side management, power system operation & control, power system dynamics & stability; and power system restructuring. A simulation laboratory, supported with the necessary hardware and software facilities, complements the degree program in providing computer tools for power system analysis, simulation, planning, optimization and management.
b) Energy Economics and Planning (EEP)
This area of specialization prepares graduates for positions in economics of planning departments of energy ministries, energy companies, electric/gas utilities, independent power producers (IPPs), energy service companies (ESCOs) or consulting firms. It covers fundamental techniques in energy planning at the national and sectoral levels (e.g. energy demand analysis and forecasting, and energy supply system modeling), economic appraisal of energy projects, energy and environmental policy analysis, electricity economics and planning, oil and natural gas economics, energy pricing, environmental considerations in energy planning and emerging issues in restructuring and deregulation of energy industries. The activities of this field are linked with international, regional and national projects on energy economics and planning which provide and appropriate framework for practical training.
c) Energy Technology (ET)
Energy technology aims to train graduates for position sin national and international institutions, research and development departments of industries and energy utilities, energy conservation agencies and consulting firms. Energy Technology focuses on Renewable Sources of Energy (RSE) and Rational Use of Energy (RUE). The RSE encompasses the fundamentals and practical aspects of solar thermal and photovoltaic conversion, thermo-chemical conversion of biomass, other renewable energy sources and the environment. The topics covered in RUE are fundamental of energy analysis and system optimization, energy conservation, energy management in industries and clean energy technology. A major emphasis of current research in the Energy Technology is on mitigating environmental impacts through rational use of energy enrgy and harnessing renewable source of energy.
Energy Business Management (EBM) Programs
There is a need for a new breed of highly trained specialized human capital who are capable of efficiently managing the energy companies in the increasingly globalized business environment. The main focus of the new academic program is to give students in-depth exposure to modern management approaches and skills needed to face the challenge of managing the changing energy business paradigms and energy markets.
The degree programs MBA in Energy Business and Professional Master in Energy Business Management is offered since 2012 by Energy FoS in collaboration with the School of Management (SOM), providing exposure to modern management approaches to challenge the changing energy business paradigms and energy market.
a) MBA in Energy Business (MBAEB)
The MBAEB is a two year Master’s program and is designed to train students and young professional with a clear and in-depth understanding of issues involved in the process of energy technology acquisition, to enhance capacity to analyze the pattern of technological market changes and also face the challenges of the energy business paradigms to tap the global energy needs.
b) Professional Master In Energy Business Management (PMEBM)
PMEBM is a one year professional Master’s program and is designed to produce a new breed of Energy Professional, who not only understand the global energy issues, but also manage the challenges with in-depth exposure to modern management approaches. So that the new breed of human capital with capacity to analyze, will not only face the energy challenges but also tap all the global energy needs.