pre152 - Resilient Energy Systems (Complete module description)

pre152 - Resilient Energy Systems (Complete module description)

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Module label Resilient Energy Systems
Modulkürzel pre152
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master's Programme Environmental Modelling (Master) > Mastermodule
  • Master's Programme Sustainability Economics and Management (Master) > Supplementary Modules
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
  • Agert, Carsten (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Torio, Herena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
  • Agert, Carsten (module responsibility)
  • Torio, Herena (module responsibility)
Skills to be acquired in this module

After successful completion of the module students should be able to:

·         analyze, and critically understand different definitions of resilience and fundamental
          concepts relevant in the context of energy systems analysis (e.g. complexity, homeostasis,
          equilibria, stressors,…)

·         understand and interlink assessment methods, principles and theories for resilience analysis
         of energy supply systems in different scientific disciplines

·         critically evaluate the suitability, meaningfulness and implications of different resilience-
          related indicators, theories and assessment methods from several disciplines

·         develop a scientific discourse on suitable approaches for assessing particular aspects of a
          resilient energy system design in the context of a particular real-life case study

·         identify main barriers, potentials and driving factors for improving one selected assessment
         approach in the context of its application to a case study

·         perform a literature review, apply a selected resilience and extract the main related
         conclusions, arguing critically on them

·         present scientific results and conclusions both verbally and in written form, including
          quotation to a professional standard

Module contents

The module “Resilient energy systems” provides the theoretical background for understanding main concepts and interdisciplinary scientific methods from the context of resilience assessment as well as their role in the debate towards resilient energy systems.

Resilient Energy Systems (Lecture & Seminar, 180 h workload):

·         Definitions and fundamental concepts in resilience analysis of energy systems (complexity,
          homeostasis, equilibria, feedback loops,…)

·         Approaches and methods for resilience assessment from different relevant disciplines:

-       epistemic approaches

-       resilience as guiding principle

-       aggregation methods for resilience assessment

-       cyber-security and informatics

-       environmental modelling

-       risk and vulnerability analysis

-       agent-based models

-       governance studies


Jesse et al. 2019. Adapting the theory of resilience to energy

systems: a review and outlook. Energy, Sustainability and Society (2019) 9:27

HöllingC.S., 2001. Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological and SocialSystems. Ecosystems, 4, (2001), pp. 390-405.

ssling-Reisemann, S. Resilience – Preparing Energy Systems for the Unexpected. In: Florin, Marie-Valentine  / Linkov, Igor (Eds.), 2016, IRGC Resource Guide on Resilience, Lausanne EPFL International Risk Governance Center (IRGC), p. 73-80


Roegge P.E. et al. 2014. Metrics for energy resilience. Energy Policy, 72, (2014), pp. 249–256.  

Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Wintersemester
Module capacity unlimited
Type of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Teaching/Learning method Lecture, Seminar
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 WiSe 28
Seminar 2 WiSe 28
Exercises 2 WiSe 0
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
At the end of the semester
Presentation of a Paper (presentation - 20 minutes and written report ca. 10 pages) or Term Paper (ca. 15 pages