Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Energy Engineering

January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2021
Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
2.03.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Energy engineering   
2.13.00  Engineering sciences and technologies  Process engineering   

Code Science Field
T140  Technological sciences  Energy research 

Code Science Field
2.03  Engineering and Technology  Mechanical engineering 
energy, thermal energy, internal combustion engines, electromobility, turbomachinery, noise, cavitation, fuel cells, combustion, measurements, modeling, exhaust gas, pollution
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (41)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  35646  PhD Benjamin Bizjan  Mechanics  Researcher  2017 - 2021  131 
2.  35058  PhD Primož Drešar  Process engineering  Researcher  2021  29 
3.  15990  PhD Boštjan Drobnič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  204 
4.  23471  PhD Matevž Dular  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  469 
5.  18836  PhD Marko Hočevar  Process engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  605 
6.  50106  Darja Jeločnik    Technical associate  2019 - 2020 
7.  23468  PhD Tomaž Katrašnik  Energy engineering  Head  2017 - 2021  675 
8.  31913  PhD Janez Kosel  Biotechnology  Researcher  2017  100 
9.  53513  Gregor Kozmus  Mechanics  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  10 
10.  34443  PhD Ambrož Kregar  Energy engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2021  74 
11.  06784  PhD Igor Kuštrin  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  363 
12.  33777  PhD Andrej Lotrič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2021  74 
13.  54002  Nejc Mlakar  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  10 
14.  23369  PhD Mitja Mori  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  411 
15.  39193  PhD Jure Murovec  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  53 
16.  22241  PhD Lovrenc Novak  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  202 
17.  50073  Tadej Novaković    Technical associate  2017 - 2018  43 
18.  54541  Ivo Pačnik    Technical associate  2020 - 2021  13 
19.  36401  PhD Marko Peternelj  Mechanical design  Junior researcher  2017 - 2018 
20.  35069  PhD Martin Petkovšek  Process engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  140 
21.  51901  Peter Pipp  Mechanics  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  10 
22.  36399  PhD Jernej Pirnar  Engineering sciences and technologies  Junior researcher  2017  19 
23.  52793  PhD Darjan Podbevšek  Process engineering  Researcher  2019 - 2020  29 
24.  20857  PhD Jurij Prezelj  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  462 
25.  19286  PhD Samuel Rodman Oprešnik  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  155 
26.  53507  Žiga Rosec  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2019 - 2021  23 
27.  14342  PhD Mihael Sekavčnik  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  580 
28.  33516  PhD Tine Seljak  Energy engineering  Researcher  2018 - 2020  199 
29.  08456  PhD Andrej Senegačnik  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  340 
30.  37441  PhD Tadej Stepišnik Perdih  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2017 - 2018  30 
31.  38316  PhD Biljana Stojković  Materials science and technology  Researcher  2021  24 
32.  38156  PhD Rok Stropnik  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2017 - 2020  115 
33.  09286  PhD Brane Širok  Mechanics  Researcher  2017  1,193 
34.  32069  PhD Gregor Tavčar  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2018  46 
35.  51941  Tilen Tibaut  Energy engineering  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021 
36.  35395  PhD Rok Vihar  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2018  57 
37.  35386  PhD Klemen Zelič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2020 - 2021  56 
38.  33926  PhD Mojca Zupanc  Process engineering  Researcher  2019 - 2021  81 
39.  55739  Anže Železnik  Mechanics  Junior researcher  2021  26 
40.  50074  PhD Anton Žnidarčič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  46 
41.  36402  PhD Urban Žvar Baškovič  Energy engineering  Researcher  2017 - 2021  101 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0782  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering  Ljubljana  1627031  29,574 
Objectives of the Research Programme (RP) Power Engineering are focused on holistic research activities in the field of Sustainable energy management. Vision of the RP is the development of innovative basic and applied scientific contributions and their implementation into industrial and/or socially beneficial projects. Consistent fulfillment of our vision is also confirmed through previous references of the RP, which clearly highlight very active original scientific activity and its effective implementation in the industrial projects with the aim to increase added value of the products (A1: 25,03 [number of points: 8181; A': 3558; A'': 1219] and A3: 51,85). In addition, the RP is very strong in interdisciplinary and interinstitutional activates, which is intrinsic to the scope of the Sustainable energy management. In this respect, we cooperate with all leading national and multiple international institutes as well as with large number of national and multiple important international companies. To competently tackle the challenges in the field of Sustainable energy management and to strengthen the integrator role of the mechanical engineering, which ensure very high transfer rate from the basic and applied knowledge to the product level, the Research Programme addresses a very wide variety of interrelated and complementary R&D activities from the very basic phenomena of energy and process engineering over design and optimization of the components to optimisation of the energy systems. However, due to space limitations of the project proposal form, this proposal focuses on four interrelated research areas where we have internationally recognized competences and where we foster innovations in basic and applied research: 1) electrochemical devices, 2) advanced combustions systems, 3) cavitation and 4) acoustics. In the area of electrochemical devices (fuel cells and batteries) the RP aims to develop: a) next-generation electrochemical models which consider recent nanoscale knowledge and are applicable on the engineering level and b) develop innovative design and integrations techniques on the system level. A very efficient interplay of topics under item 1) and 2) is needed to answer the challenges of forthcoming mobile and stationary applications. In the area of advanced combustions systems, RP will foster basic and applied knowledge for promoting highly efficient, durable and economically viable use of alternative and in particular waste derived fuels. Cavitation including its application is one of the topics where the RP is among top team in the world and RP will further foster the basic research and open new perspectives in its applicability. Cavitation is tightly coupled to advanced combustions systems via processing of the feedstock and components of hydraulic system. Prevention and abatement of acoustic emission is a cross-cutting discipline inherent to every machine and also very important societal challenge on the large scale.
Significance for science
Sustainable energy management is crucial to allow for reducing depletion of energy sources on one side and to reduce environmental impact of the energy use on the other side. A holistic approach is required to efficiently support R&D tasks in this area as it requires both, optimisation on the system and on the component level. The Research Programme thus addresses the entire chain from the detailed phenomena on the sub-component level to the energetic systems. The Research Programme addresses, among others, research fields of electrochemical devices (fuel cells and batteries), advanced combustions systems, cavitation and acoustics where we will foster innovations in basic and applied research. In the area fuel cells and batteries the Research Programme aims to develop next-generation electrochemical models applicable on the engineering level and also to develop innovative design and integrations techniques on the system level. Here we intend to transfer recent nanoscale knowledge into the next-generation models of electrochemical devices on the engineering level with the aim to increase their level of predictiveness. We also plan apply innovative integration techniques to increase effective efficiency on the system level, what will be demonstrated on the newly developed high temperature fuel cell and innovative methanol reformer. In terms of electrochemical devices Research Programme inherently contributes to new research directions of innovative modelling and integration concepts as well as pushes the boundaries of understanding the phenomena in electrochemical devices. Originality of the proposed research in the area of advanced combustions systems arises from innovative materials, i.e. fuels, innovative methodologies of assessing feasibility of the fuels and innovative combustion concepts. In this respect we will focus on highly efficient utilization of current waste derived fuels by applying tailored optimisation of the design of this particular machine and by application of appropriate control strategies and to development of waste derived fuels with more suitable physicochemical properties. In the area of cavitation the Research Programme is aimed to the execution of new advanced experiments, which will make a breakthrough in the cavitation bubble and bubble cluster physics, and exploring the possibility of applying the new basic knowledge to future methodologies for enhanced biogas production, water and soil treatment, surface cleaning, material enhancement and erosion prediction. Specifically we intend to investigate the interaction of bubbles and organic matter, resulting in higher biogas production, investigate the formation of hydroxyl radicals during cavitation, research the cavitation damage, and finally we intend to determine the physics of the interaction between cavitation bubbles and liquid-solid fluidised bed. Scientific objective of research in the field of acoustics is to gain knowledge, which would allow the identification of dominant noise sources and noise events by artificial machine hearing, as recognized by human experts. In order to develop algorithms for automatic noise event classification and for machinery noise monitoring, which would exceed the abilities of human experts, we need to gain new knowledge by combining research of noise generation mechanisms, noise propagation, beamforming and psychoacoustics. Research will be focused on multichannel acoustic signal with the purpose to extract noise event features like emission pattern from the complex machinery, spatial information about the dominant noise source on the complex machine, movement of the noise sources, etc. New knowledge about such new features, which are closely correlated to complex noise sources, will significantly improve learning and classification algorithms of noise events and it will enable monitoring of different machinery and different processes only by using audible sound. We expect that the continuation of the resea
Significance for the country
The Research Programme is focused to one of the most pending topics of the society – the sustainable energy management. Research Programme has a very significant direct impact on the businesses. This is quantitatively reflected through a very high number of direct industrial projects with domestic (nearly all top exporting Slovene companies) and international partners (Gorenje, Kolektor, BSH, Hidria, Domel, HSE, Knauf, Akrapovič, Danfoss Trata, Litostroj Power, Alstom, AVL List GmbH, Elcore GmbH, Nedstack fuel cell technology BV, Auma, Philips, Andino), which all aim to become leading suppliers of innovative sustainable products with high added value. Members of the Research Programme contributed to this by applying or gaining patent rights for over 30 applications. As multiple scientific achievements of the Research Programme can be applied in several industries, it also plays a significant role in networking activities between companies. Fostering of a new generation of engineers and scientist is equally important. In this respect it is worth exposing constant updates of curricula to reflect current research and technology status as well as introduction of new contemporary subjects. The members of the Research Programme acted as advisors to more than 30 PhDs and more than 400 MSc and BSc students while preparing thesis in the areas of particular industrial interest. This cooperation is crucial to close the Triple Helix of university-industry-government relationships in a most comprehensive manner and the Research Programme systematically promotes these relationships. The Laboratories of the Research Programme are in general also among top Laboratories, which are selected by foreign student to conduct their theses.   Networking with other institutions is successful through the scheme of FP7 projects: FLUMABACK, ASTERICS, CROPS and other platforms such as the European Space Agency: THERMOCAV, CRYOCAV.   Finally researchers of the Research Programme are very active in various national and international organisations among which it is worth to expose: EARPA (European Automotive Research Partners Association), EGVIA (European Green Vehicle Initiative Association), EAA (European Acoustic Association. Moreover, researchers of the Research Programme are also very active in promoting the Sustainable energy management on the scientific level including lectures and talks at scientific symposia and foreign universities or research institutes and also on the level of media for wider public. They thus frequently participate in TV and radio broadcasts and give interviews and write articles for printed and on-line mass media. RP thus significantly contributes to the economy, social activities and also has an indirect importance for society.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2017, 2018, 2019
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2017, 2018, 2019
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