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pre142 - Future Power Supply Systems (Complete module description)
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Module label Future Power Supply Systems
Module code pre142
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Faculty/Institute Institute of Physics
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  • Master's Programme Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy (Master) >
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Skills to be acquired in this module

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

-        explain the management, modelling and power balancing within future electricity grid configurations with high shares of fluctuating and distributed generation and the requirements for successful application to real power balancing regarding capacity utilization, robustness, and flexibility.

-        appraise the main components (incl. chemical storage options) involved in future AC-grid concepts, to soundly assess the reciprocal constrains between them to propose solutions for improving its performance.

-        explain necessary conversion procedures and to judge the ecologic and economic balance

-        categorise different grid-designs, including mini- and micro-grids

-        compare different electricity markets existing currently (Futures Market, Day-Ahead-Market, Intraday-Market, Balancing Power Market, Self-Consumption) based on the motivation, role, advantages and limiting factors and to critically judge and assess the suitability of these concepts for promoting the implementation of higher shares of fluctuating distributed power generation within the electricity grid.

-        explain the technical principles and resulting limiting factors for different components required for power control within “Smart City”, “Smart Grid”, “Smart Home” concepts, estimate the influence of distributed control concepts

Module contents

The module is designed to give specialized insight on the management, modelling and power balancing within future grid configurations. It gives the students a thorough overview on the challenges and solutions in electricity grids that shall accommodate a high share of fluctuating distributed generation. It deals with the technical and economic framework for a permissible electrical network as well as mathematical modelling and calculation methods to analyse conditions of electrical energy networks (in stationary conditions). Technology, economical energy industry and technical basic knowledge and methods are analysed by using concrete Smart Grid approaches. The basic calculation methods for an intelligent net management are introduced.

Future Power Supply Systems (Lecture & Seminar – 180 h workload):

-        Technology and characteristics of conventional power plants based e. g. on coal, gas, and nuclear

-        Fundamentals, structure, technologies and operation of (AC-) electricity grids (incl. balancing power, voltage management, etc.)

-        Fluctuating distributed generation: Characteristics and solutions on the transmission and distribution grid levels, incl. storage, vehicle-to-grid-concepts, smart inverters, heat pumps / CHP, etc.

-        Interactions between technology and economics: The different electricity markets (Futures Market, Day-Ahead-Market, Intraday-Market, Balancing Power Market, Self-Consumption) and their links to the physical world

-        “Smart City”, “Smart Grid”, “Smart Home”

-        Mini- and Micro-Grids

-        Energy scenarios and modelling
-        Chemical energy carriers in the energy system: power-to-gas (e.g. methane) and power-to-liquids (e.g.methanol)

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Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel SPM (Schwerpunktmodul / Main emphasis)
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Modulart Wahlpflicht / Elective
Modulart je nach Studiengang Pflicht oder Wahlpflicht
Lern-/Lehrform / Type of program
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload attendance
Lecture 2.00 SuSe or WiSe 28 h
Seminar 2.00 SuSe or WiSe 28 h
Total time of attendance for the module 56 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module