Ocean Energy, IST Lisbon

Ocean Energy, IST Lisbon

The University

Instituto Superior Técnico is the school of Science, Technology and Engineering of the University of Lisbon and the largest engineering school in Portugal. Instituto Superior Técnico is member of EUREC since 2011 and part of EUREC Master since 2012. Instituto Superior Técnico has been involved for a long time in research and education activities in renewable energy. Ocean energy research is carried at the IDMEC, MARETEC and CENTEC research centres, in close connection with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Wave Energy Centre, an independent association involving 11 companies, 2R&D institutions and IST. Wave energy has been subject of research for more than three decades, and recently tidal marine currents and offshore wind technologies also became a topic of research. Experience of staff in teaching ocean energy systems dates from 2004 in the Wavetrain (2004-08), Wavetrain2(2008-2012) and OceaNET (2013-2017) Marie Curie Research Training Networks and in specialized courses on wave energy organized by ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute (2009, 2010 and 2012).

Presentation of the course during the Starting Day 2018

Practical Information


The Instituto Superior Técnico has two campi: The Alamedacampus located in the Lisbon city centre and the campus in Taguspark in Oeiras,about 20 km from the Alameda campus.
Alameda campus: Av. Rovisco Pais, 1/1049-001 Lisbon/Portugal
Taguspark campus: Av. Prof. Doutor Aníbal Cavaco Silva/2744-016 Porto Salvo/Portugal

Teaching methods


  • Ocean Energy Resources
    The objective of this module is to give an understanding of the physicalmechanisms in the ocean which are on the basis of the generation of surfacewaves, tides and currents, and their effects with application to the evaluationof the energy resource and site characterization.
  • Modelling and Control of Ocean Energy Systems
    The objective of this module is to cover the fundamentals of the hydrodynamicmodelling of ocean energy systems and their control, including numerical andexperimental simulation, with the main focus on the wave energy systems andmarine current turbines.
  • Ocean Energy Systems Technologies
    The objective of this module is to introduce the student to theelectro-mechanical equipment used in wave energy systems and marine currentturbines and to the offshore electrical grid and connection systems. The modulecovers the aspects related to the deployment, operation and maintenance of theocean energy systems.
  • Offshore wind energy
    The objective of this module is to give an understanding of the nature of the wind energy resource offshore and the differences to the wind energy resource onshore; become familiar with the aerodynamics of offshore wind turbines; understand the type of loads that the turbine and turbine structures are subject to; understand the main problems related to the turbine control; get a basic understanding of the problems involved in offshore wind farm design.
  • Economics, Policy and Environment
    The objective of this module is to cover the aspects related to the economicevaluation and environmental impact of ocean energy systems and the generalpolicy issues, including licensing and permitting.
  • Project
    The objective of this module is to bring into practice the specialisedknowledge of the course on ocean energy systems in a case study.

The modules are given in formal lectures and tutorials. Laboratory work will bedone in a wave flume with tests of wave energy systems, in the turbomachinerylaboratory with tests on air turbines and in the laboratory for electricalmachinery testing generators.

Detailed syllabus in pdf format


Job perpsectives
  • Engineers in marine renewable industries.
  • Marine renewable energy project developers.
  • Experts for National or International institutions.
  • Researchers in academic or industrial labs.


Research activities

Research activities in Ocean Energy at IDMEC and MARETEC
– Prof. António Falcão, Prof. Luís Gato, Prof.José Maria André, Prof. João Henriques: Hydrodynamics and control of waveenergy converters; moorings; self-rectifying air turbines; wave energyresource.
– Prof. António Sarmento: Conceptual design,hydrodynamics and control of wave energy devices; site characterization;resource assessment; economic aspects; non-technological issues.
– Prof. J.A.C. Falcão de Campos, Dr. JoãoBaltazar: Hydrodynamics of marine current turbines and offshore wind energy.Design and analysis methods with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
Research facilities: Irregular wave flume(20mx0.6mx0.5m); tests rig for air turbines; codes for numerical modelling ofwave energy conversion, including WAMIT commercial code; extensive specializeddocumentation. Access to the Pico (Azores) 400 kW wave energy demonstrationplant via the Wave Energy Centre (owner of the plant).


The majority of the students live inhouses, flats (apartments) or rooms in private accommodation and share it withother colleagues.
A room in a private home costs about 300 € per month (utilityexpenses included) and students may have to pay for 2 months rent in advance.Meals are not included. An apartment with dining room, kitchen, bathroom and 2rooms may cost around 500 € / 750 € per month but will include a one yearrental contract. An apartment of this type can be shared with 3 other students.
The Mobility and InternationalCooperation Office has selected a few apartments in which a student may rent aroom:


For accommodation related questions,contact: gracapereira@ist.utl.pt

International Students
The Mobility and International Cooperation Office—NMCI coordinates the participation of IST in several international mobility programmes and networks. The office also provides assistance to mobility students, researchers and staff helping them integrate in the School, in academic life and, in particular, in the Portuguese society (accommodation, visas, opening bank accounts, etc). This work is carried out in cooperation with other offices and units, such as the Tutor in gand NAPE. More detailed information can be found at https://nmci.ist.utl.pt
Núcleo de Mobilidade e Cooperação Internacional (NMCI)
Instituto Superior Técnico
Campus Alameda
Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisboa
Tel. +351 218 417 362
Fax. +351 218 419 280
Contact details

Programme Coordination:
Prof. Luís Gato

Instituto Superior Técnico
Campus Alameda
Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisboa,
Tel. +351 218 417 411

Potal address of the University:
Instituto Superior Técnico
Campus Alameda
Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1, 1049-001 Lisboa

Website: www.ist.utl.pt