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phy643 - Renewable Energy Technologies II for Engineering Physics (Complete module description)
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Module label Renewable Energy Technologies II for Engineering Physics
Module code phy643
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Attendance: 56 hrs, Self study: 124 hrs
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme Engineering Physics (Master) > Schwerpunkt: Renewable Energies
Responsible persons
Holtorf, Hans-Gerhard (Authorized examiners)
Knecht, Robin (Authorized examiners)
Pehlken, Alexandra (Authorized examiners)
Steinberger-Wilckens, Robert (Authorized examiners)
Torio, Herena (Authorized examiners)
Wark, Michael (Authorized examiners)
Skills to be acquired in this module
After successful completion of the module students should be able to:
  • critically evaluate and compare major Renewable Energy conversion processes and technologies in solar thermal energy and biomass energy,
  • analyze various system components and their interconnections within a complex Renewable Energy supply system,
  • evaluate the Renewable Energy supply systems' operational size and efficiency,
  • critically evaluate non-technical impact and side effects when implementing renewable energy supply systems.
Module contents
Solar Thermal Energy (Seminar and Exercises - 90 h workload)
  • Assessment of solar thermal ambient parameters: regional global, diffuse, reflected solar radiation on horizontal and on tilted plane, ambient temperature,
  • Solar thermal collectors,
  • Solar thermal heat exchangers,
  • Solar thermal storages,
  • Solar thermal systems and their operation,
  • Characterization of solar thermal systems.

Biomass Energy (Lecture - 90 h workload)
  • Energy mix overview; gas, heat, electricity, Pros and Cons of biomass,
  • Chemical composition of biomass: sugar, cellulose, starch, fats. Oils, proteins, lignin,
  • Natural photosynthesis in plants: chemical storage of solar energy; general mechanisms,
  • Chemistry and Biology (microorganism) of Biogas Technology,
  • Conversion processes of biomass: classification, main pathways,
  • Introduction to catalysis used in biomass conversion,
  • Chemical fuels (chemical energy storage) from biomass, routes to platform chemicals and separation processes,
  • Technology concepts for bioenergy usage,
  • Introduction into economical and legal constraints.
Reader's advisory
Biomass Energy
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  • DGS, (2010) Planning and installing solar thermal systems, a guide for installers, architects and engineers, 2nd ed.,
  • Duffie JA, Beckman WA (2013) Solar engineering of thermal processes: Wiley,
  • Kasper, B., and Antony, F. (2004). Solarthermische Anlagen
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency Wintersemester
Module capacity unlimited
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Wahlpflicht / Elective
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method Lecture: 2 hrs/week and Seminar: 2 hrs/week
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Course type Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Practical training
2 SoSe oder WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 112 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module