From the Faculty of Mining to the Institute of Energy Conservation and Energy Management

In 1946, the Faculty of Mining was opened at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute to rebuild the mining industry destroyed during the war. At the origins of the faculty were academicians ON Shcherban, NA Starikov, VBSologub, Corresponding Member USSR Academy of Sciences P.S. Kucherov, professors MM Zhukov, E.Ya. Ivanchenko, A.G Mikhailov, V.V. Tsaritsyn,  Kravets V.I., Vynoslavsky V.M. , associate professors OM Kuznetsov, Phil I.P, P.F. Ribchenko, O.O. Vopilkin and others.

In 1963, the Faculty of Mining was transferred to the Faculty of Automation and Instrumentation of KPI, and in 1967 – the Faculty of Mining Electromechanics and Automation was established. In 1972, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering transferred to the Department of Electrification of Mining (Department of Electricity) the training of students majoring in “Electricity supply of industrial enterprises, cities and agriculture.”

A lot of work and soul in the formation of the faculty and its development was invested by its deans: associate professors O.M. Kuznetsov, GK Luxurious, VV Smirnov, professors VI Kravets, VM Винославський, О.А. Pirsky and director of the institute A.V. Prahovnik.

A significant contribution to the formation of the faculty was made by prof. V.M. Vynoslavsky, who was its dean for 30 years. A participant in hostilities, an invalid of the Great Patriotic War, an honored worker of the higher school of Ukraine, a kind and sensitive person – he devoted himself to the faculty, its development.

At the Department of Power Supply under the leadership of prof. V.M. Vynoslavsky scientific school on power supply was created: problems of creation of means of voltage regulation (VM Vynoslavsky, PF Rybchenko, SN Karpov), optimization of modes of power consumption (VY Pashchuk, AV Prakhovnik) are investigated. IS Ryabenko), power supply systems of mining enterprises (OI Solovey, VZ Shishkov), arc-free switching devices (VM Mishchenko, VM Konontsov), power supply subsystems are developed in ASUP systems for large industrial associations (VD Leporsky, AV Prakhovnik, VF Skril). In the 70-80’s under the leadership of prof. A.V. Prakhovnik created a scientific field of power management. In 2005 for the textbook “Transients in power supply systems” the State Prize was awarded to prof. V.M. Vynoslavsky (posthumously), Assoc. L. I. Nessen and Assoc. VV Prokopenko.

In 1989, the Department of Power Supply with its contingent of students and facilities was transferred to the Faculty of Power Engineering and Automation, and the faculty was renamed the Faculty of Mining. A scientific and engineering center for energy saving was established at the department, which was later transformed into the Institute of Automation and Energy “Energy”.

At the Department of Automation of Mining Industry developed research in the field of control systems and automation of machines and technological complexes (MG Popovich, GM Yanchuk, GI Danilchuk). Under the guidance of prof. V.M. Chermalykha developed and implemented automated electric drives with semiconductor converters.

At the Department of Technology and Mechanization of Mining under the leadership of Professors VV Tsaritsyna and OA Pirsky formed scientific directions for the creation of effective technologies, schemes of mechanization of mining, studying the properties of rocks and creating a tool for their destruction.

In 1989 the Department of Mining Electromechanics (Head of the Department Prof. SP Shevchuk) was renewed with the training of specialists in mining electromechanics, and in 1995 the training of specialists for urban underground construction and mining began in the specialty “Electromechanical equipment of energy-intensive industries” with the corresponding renaming of the department.

The Department of Technology and Mechanization of Mining has been training specialists in ecology and environmental protection and mine and underground construction since 1991. In 1993 on the basis of the department the department of underground construction was created headed by prof. V.G. Tailor for the training of specialists in “Mining and Underground Construction” and “Development of Mineral Deposits” and the Department of Environmental Engineering. The Department of Engineering Ecology trains specialists in the specialties “Mining Ecology”, “Energy Ecology” and “Environmental Technologies, Equipment and Monitoring of Drinking Water Extraction from Underground Deposits”.

As one of the measures to implement the “Comprehensive State Program for Energy Conservation” in 1997 in NTUU “KPI” established the Institute of Energy Conservation and Energy Management on the basis of the departments of power supply, heat engineering and energy conservation and Research Institute “Energy”. In 1998, the Faculty of Mining was added to the IEE. The Institute has prepared proposals for the opening of a new specialty “Energy Management” in Ukraine.

In 1997, with the help of the European Community, an IEE Training Center was established. The main activities of the Center are training, retraining and retraining on the basis of higher education of specialists in energy saving, eco- and energy management.

In 2009 the Complex Program of the University “Energy of Sustainable Development” was launched, within which the Training and Research Center “Energy of Sustainable Development” was established, which is a structural unit of the Department of Science and Innovation of NTUU “KPI”. The center was established to summarize global and national experience in the development of energy efficient technologies, devices and systems in order to implement them to increase energy independence and environmental security both at the facility or group of facilities and at the region and country.

Currently, the institute consists of seven departments: automation of electrical systems management, geoconstruction and geotechnology, engineering ecology, power supply, electromechanical equipment for energy-intensive industries, heat engineering and energy saving, labor protection, industrial and civil safety. IEE employs more than 130 teachers – professors, associate professors, senior lecturers and assistants. More than 1,400 full-time and part-time students study at the institute. The institute has a comfortable dormitory for 900 people.

During its existence, the institute has trained more than 10,000 engineers and masters. Departments of the institute trained specialists for many countries: Albania, Algeria, Vietnam, Iraq, Cuba, Jordan, Zaire, Nepal, Niger, GDR, Syria and others.

Graduates and lecturers of the institute defended more than 30 doctoral and 270 candidate dissertations. Teachers and staff have published more than 10,000 scientific papers, including 150 textbooks, manuals and monographs.

Graduates of the institute work at enterprises and organizations in various sectors of the economy of Ukraine, CIS countries, Asia, Europe and America. Among the graduates are well-known heads of enterprises, associations, ministries, departments, well-known politicians and public figures.