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pre315 - Energy Systems & Society (Complete module description)
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Module label Energy Systems & Society
Module code pre315
Credit points 4.0 KP
Workload 120 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC) (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Agert, Carsten (Module responsibility)
Heinemann, Detlev (Module responsibility)
Golba, Michael (Module counselling)
Malz, Simone (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
After the completion of this module the students will
- have a critical understanding of political decision making processes, lobby groups and administrative hurdles in realisation of energy policy
- have a good understanding of factors other than technical influencing future energy scenarios depending on regional and national conditions
- have a good understanding of the structure of the global energy system
- be able to critically interpret energy statistics and to identify different stages of energy conversion
- be familiar with all available energy resources and their future role in the global energy system
- be familiar with the instrument of energy scenarios and able to interpret their results
- be able to critically follow scientific discussions in the physical background and impacts of global climate change
- understand basic economic concepts
- understand the organization of a market economy
- know the relevance of competition and monopoly
- understand the role of regulation for energy markets
- be able to undertake a desk-top research on a complex topic
- be able to give a presentation on an individual country (or region), focusing on renewable energy
- know about several other countries’ and regions’ situation
- to perform team research
- be able to present in front of an audience and to moderate a discussion
Module contents
Energy Systems
- basic terminology on energy units
- definition and discussion of various forms of energy
- overview of energy resources and reserves
- the global energy situation (energy consumption, energy balances, noncommercial uses of energy)
- energy scenarios (methodologies, main results for possible energy futures)
- techno-economic methods and aspects of energy use (energy and exergy analyses, life cycle analysis, external costs, etc.
- human-made greenhouse effect
Energy Economics
- the ten principles of economics
- the role of costs for decision making
- markets, competition, monopoly
- regulation and environmental policy
- investment decision, finance and risk management
Country Report
- analysis and presentation of an individual country or region
- geographic, climatic, historic, economic and political situation
- focus on (renewable) energy matters
- team research and presentation, followed by a discussion (moderated by team)
Reader's advisory
Blok, Kornelis, 2007: Introduction to Energy Analysis, Techne Press, Amsterdam
Boyle, Godfrey, Everett, Bob & Ramage, Janet, 2004: Energy Systems and Sustainability, Oxford University Press.
Chartcenko, Nikolaj Vasil'evic, 1998: Advanced Energy Systems, Taylor & Francis, London.
GEA, 2012: Global Energy Assessment – Toward a Sustainable Future, Cambridge University Press and International Institute for Applied System Analysis, Laxenburg.
Nakicenovic, Nebojsa, 1998: Global Energy Perspectives, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Cambridge University Press.
Pfaffenberger, Wolfgang: Energy Economics - An Introduction, 126 pages and further literature given in this book. Lecture Script.
Ramage, Janet, 1997: Energy: A Guidebook, Oxford University Press.
Statistical Review of World Energy 2013, 2013: British Petroleum;
statistical-review-of-world-energy-2013.html , last access: June 2014
World Energy Assessment Overview: 2004 Update: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability; UNDP (Ed.): , last access: June 2014
Country Reports from previous years
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency jährlich
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Energy Systems: At the end of lecture period (end of January)
Energy Economics: After end of lectures (mid-December)
Country report: During Semester
Energy Systems (40%): Written exam (1.5 hours)
Energy Economics (25%): Written exam (0.5 hours)
Country report (35%): Written report 15 – 20 pages & Presentation (20 min plus 10 min discussion)
Course type Seminar
Workload attendance 0 h