Energy control and management


Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key challenge for our planet. We need to install decentralised renewable energy sources for stationary and/or embedded applications. The decentralisation of sources and storage leads to a complex energy system.

The Energy Control and Management (e-Control) specialisation offers a training programme that addresses the technological, economic and societal challenges related to the energy sector.

Contribution to sustainable development goals

Learn more about Centrale Nantes' commitment to the 17 sustainable development goals

International students can follow this specialisation, taught in French, via:

  • A double degree programme - Open to international students selected by our partner institutions. Selected students spend two years studying courses from the engineering programme at Centrale Nantes. This usually includes one year of the common-core engineering curriculum followed by one year of specialisation. Double degree students are typically accepted after successfully completing two or three years of higher education in their home institution.
  • The fast-track engineering programme: Open to students with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in science. Our fast-track programme gives international students who are qualified to bachelor level the opportunity to gain the 'diplôme d'ingénieur' in just two years.
Course Content

2023/24 Academic Year

Autumn Semester (S7 or S9) Spring Semester (S8 or S10)
Energy conversion chain Model checking & AI
Embedded computing Smart energy management
Methodology of linear control Role of electricity in energy transition
Simulation of electrical systems Energy Project
Advanced control Project 2
Low tech IoT Internship
Digital design on FPGA
Observation and diagnosis
Project 1


Examples of past projects and internships

Examples of projects

  • Control of floating wind turbines
  • Study and implementation of a MPPT controller for a photovoltaic generator
  • Modelling and safe generation of an autonomous vehicle control application
  • Advanced Control of a PMSG Wind Turbine Benchmark Implementation using Matlab/ Simulink/ OPAL-RT
  • Evaluation of Time-Sensitive Networks
  • Design of a sensor system for data acquisition on a racing yacht

Examples of internships

  • Project management for the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles (PROVIRIDIS)
  • Study and implementation of an anti-collision and obstacle avoidance system to assist drone navigation (INTELLCAP)
  • Study of a new underwater electro-communication system (Naval Group)
  • R&D engineer in Electronic Warfare / Clustering algorithms (Thalès)
  • Energy optimisation of electric vehicle charging stations (ENVISION)
  • Analysis and simulation of real-time critical networks (Thalès)
  • Development of a real-time estimator of electrical quantities (RTE)
  • Power electronics simulation demonstrator (Siemens)
  • Creation of performance analysis tools for SIMULIA applications (Dassault Systèmes)
After the specialisation

Industry sectors

  • Energy
  • Transport
  • Building
  • Electronic systems

Career prospects

  • Energy production, control and management
  • Engineering and design
  • Research and development

Student feedback

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Published on May 3, 2022 Updated on January 2, 2024