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pre014 - Fundamentals for Renewable Energy (Complete module description)
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Module label Fundamentals for Renewable Energy
Module code pre014
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC) (Master) > Mastermodule
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Hoppmann, Jörn (Authorized examiners)
Knecht, Robin (Authorized examiners)
Torio, Herena (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
  • understand the most important economic principles
  • have a basic understanding of the functioning of energy markets
  • have an overview of the types and effectiveness of policies to promote renewable energy technologies
  • understand the interaction between society and renewable energy technologies
  • know which aspects play an important role when founding renewable energy start-ups and developing corporate strategies in the renewable energy sector
  • be able to assess alternative investment and financing possibilities in the context of renewable energy
  • understand how renewable energy innovation projects can be structured and implemented
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. The introduction to fundamental knowledge from the field of energy economics and management complements the homogenized technical knowledge.

The following Primers are offered:

  • Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Modelling
  • Electronic Power Systems
  • Semiconductor Physics
  • Material Characterization
  • Thermodynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics
The course "Renewable Energy Management" offers an introduction to the most important areas relevant to the management of renewable energy companies. To this end, the course first provides a general introduction to economic fundamentals and principles. Students then gain insights into the following topics:
  • Energy markets
  • Renewable energy policy and climate policy
  • Energy and society
  • Foundation and strategies of renewable energy companies
  • Investment and financing in the renewable energy sector
  • Innovation management in the renewable energy sector
Each of these topics will be explored in depth through practical exercises, including guest lectures, simulations, stakeholder discussions, case studies and investment calculations.
Reader's advisory
Primers: lecture notes for the respective courses

RE Management (opitonal):

Anadon, L. D. (2012). Missions-oriented RD&D institutions in energy between 2000 and 2010: A comparative analysis of China, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Research Policy, 41(10), 1742-1756.

Hoppmann, J., Volland, J., Schmidt, T. S., & Hoffmann, V. H. (2014). The economic viability of battery storage for residential solar photovoltaic systems–A review and a simulation model. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 39, 1101-1118.

Hoppmann, J., Peters, M., Schneider, M., & Hoffmann, V. H. (2013). The two faces of market support - How deployment policies affect technological exploration and exploitation in the solar photovoltaic industry. Research Policy, 42(4), 989-1003.

Gallagher, K. S., Grübler, A., Kuhl, L., Nemet, G., & Wilson, C. (2012). The energy technology innovation system. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 37, 137-162.

Jacobsson, S., & Lauber, V. (2006). The politics and policy of energy system transformation - Explaining the German diffusion of renewable energy technology. Energy Policy, 34(3), 256-276.

Nemet, G. F. (2019). How solar energy became cheap: A model for low-carbon innovation. London: Routledge.

Ossenbrink, J., Hoppmann, J., & Hoffmann, V. H. (2019). Hybrid ambidexterity: How the environment shapes incumbents' use of structural and contextual approaches. Organization Science, 30(6), 1125-1393.

Simkins, B., & Simkins, R. (2013). Energy finance and economics: analysis and valuation, risk management, and the future of energy (Vol. 606): John Wiley & Sons.

Wüstenhagen, R., Wolsink, M., & Bürer, M. J. (2007). Social acceptance of renewable energy innovation: An introduction to the concept. Energy Policy, 35, 2683-2691

Language of instruction 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 or WiSe 28
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
Practical training
2 SuSe or WiSe 28
Total time of attendance for the module 84 h
Examination Time of examination Type of examination
Final exam of module
Primer: During the semester
RE Management: At the end of the lecture period
Primer: Practical Exercises
RE Management: Written Exam