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Energy and Drive Systems

Energy and drive systems are a key element of electrical energy production. Specialists are sought-after and in demand.

Energy and Drive Systems is a specialisation in the Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Information Technology degree programme.

“After completing vocational training as an electrician, the specialisation in Energy and drive systems perfectly complements my interests. Energy engineering is taught in lessons and in laboratories in a practical way in small teams. This allows me to learn as much as possible so that I am prepared for the responsibilities on the labour market.”

Marc Studer, Student

The field of electrical engineering is changing rapidly. Producing energy from wind and the sun involves redesigning the network: high-voltage direct current transmission, static VAR compensators, flexible alternating current transmission systems and “smart grids”, etc. are more than just trendy terms.

The scope of application of drives is growing and greater and greater functionality and an even higher level of efficiency are required. Energy and drive engineering can often only fulfil the demanding requirements in conjunction with power electronics and optimal control. Power electronics is omnipresent – they are used in almost every modern electrical device, including in the form of switched power supplies.

Studies in energy and drives systems not only involve lessons, but also modern laboratory experiments and exciting projects.


The TOSA bus by ABB is the world’s first electrical articulated bus to run without overhead lines. At selected bus stops, the vehicle battery can be recharged with 600 kilowatts in just 15 seconds as the passengers are getting on and off. (Image: ABB)


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