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pre011 - Fundamentals of Renewable Energy (Complete module description)
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Module label Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
Module code pre011
Credit points 12.0 KP
Workload 360 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Agert, Carsten (Authorized examiners)
Günther, Andreas (Authorized examiners)
Holtorf, Hans-Gerhard (Authorized examiners)
Jimenez Martinez, Cuauhtemoc Adrian (Authorized examiners)
Knecht, Robin (Authorized examiners)
Torio, Herena (Authorized examiners)
Malz, Simone (Authorized examiners)
Ziethe, Paul (Authorized examiners)
Skills to be acquired in this module

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

-        identify their competence and incompetence with respect to the study of renewable energies

-        describe basic knowledge from a wide field of disciplines as required for renewable energies

-        perform laboratory measurements in a university environment according to scientific standards

-        analyse and interpret measurement results using relevant and widely used software tools

-        work and communicate their results with international and interdisciplinary partners

-        critically discuss basic principles of current mainstream economics

-        distinguish between the classical, neo-classical and selected heterodox economics and relate those approaches to the historic economic development
-        distinguish and evaluate the peculiarities of selected energy markets and its regulatory frameworks

Module contents

The module is designed to give students a solid foundation to successfully start the MSc programme. The content from the field of Physics, Mathematics as well as Electrical and Mechanical Engineering aims to provide a homogenous foundation for the study of renewable energies via lectures and laboratory experiments. With an introduction into Socio-economics students will learn about the principles of mainstream economics, the peculiarities of energy markets and will get insight into some selected heterodox economic perspectives.

Primers (Lecture & Exercises ‑ 60 h workload)

-        Mathematics

-        Programming

-        Modelling

-        Electronic Power Systems

-        Semiconductor Physics

-        Material Characterization

-        Thermodynamics

-        Fluid Dynamics

Laboratories (Theoretical‑practical Seminar ‑ 120 h workload)

-        Introductory Laboratory

-        Interaction Light and Matter

-        Heat Transfer

-        Fluid Dynamics

-        Storage Technologies

Introduction to Socio-economics (Lecture & Seminar ‑ 90 h workload)

-        Scarcity, market

-        Supply and demand

-        Equilibrium

-        Elasticity

-        Incentives, free market, role of the state

-        Peculiarities of energy markets and corresponding regulatory frameworks

-        Limitations of mainstream economics
-        Selected heterodox economics

Reader's advisory
Languages of instruction German, English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Course or seminar
2 SuSe and WiSe 28
4 SuSe and WiSe 56
Total time of attendance for the module 84 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
2 Prüfungsleistungen: Fachpraktische Übungen (Versuchsprotokolle und Übungsaufgaben, Gewicht: 75%) und entweder Hausarbeit (10-15 Seiten) oder Präsentation (15-20 min, Gewicht: 25%)