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pre314 - Energy Meteorology & Storage Technologies (Complete module description)
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Module label Energy Meteorology & Storage Technologies
Module code pre314
Credit points 7.0 KP
Workload 210 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Applicability of the module
  • Master's Programme European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC) (Master) > Mastermodule
Responsible persons
Heinemann, Detlev (Module responsibility)
Agert, Carsten (Module counselling)
Knecht, Robin (Module counselling)
Steinberger-Wilckens, Robert (Module counselling)
Skills to be acquired in this module
After completing this module, students will
- have a critical understanding of the conditions concerning the availability of solar radiation
- have a good understanding of fundamental atmospheric processes
- understand the close interaction of radiation with the atmosphere and the constraints on wind flows relevant for wind power generation
- will be able to apply basic radiation laws and to practically perform simple wind power assessments
- have a good understanding of various concepts of electrical storage systems and state of the art technical developments
- be able to critically understand the efficiency of conversion steps in storing and activation of energy
- have an overview of the electrochemical, thermodynamic, engineering, and materials science basics of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen technologies, their development status, and their applications areas
- have learned about the sensitivity of sensors
- have understood the performance of a battery/load system and are able to perform state of charge measurements to express the performance of a battery
Module contents
Solar Energy Meteorology:
- Radiation laws
- Solar geometry
- Interaction of solar radiation with the atmosphere
- Climatology of solar radiation
- Solar radiation modelling and measurements
Wind Energy Meteorology:
- Origin of atmospheric air flow, energy balance of the atmosphere
- Basic physics of atmospheric motion
- Wind climatology: Atmospheric circulation, local wind systems
- Wind in the atmospheric boundary layer (characteristics, vertical profile)
- Wind energy resource assessment and measurements
Electrical Energy Storage Technologies:
- Primary and secondary batteries
- redoxflow batteries
- super-capacitors
Non-electrical storage concepts:
- fly wheels
- adiabatic-compressed air storage
- superconductors
- pumped storage systems
„Bridging technologies“ to heat storage:
- Heat pumps and Combined heat and power systems (CHP’s)
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen:
- Introduction and technology overview
- Hydrogen generation, handling and storage
- hydrogen applications and markets
- Low Temperature Fuel Cells
- High Temperature Fuel Cells
- Fuel Cells Market Introduction
Lab Work:
- Solar Spectrum
- Lead-Acid Battery
Reader's advisory
Baxter, Richard, 2005 : Energy Storage: A Nontechnical Guide, PennWell Corp
Bockris/Reddy, 1998: Modern Electrochemistry, Plenum Press, New York/London.
Emeis, Stefan, 2013: Wind Energy Meteorology – Atmospheric Physics for Wind Power Generation, Springer.
Fisch, N., et al.,2005: Wärmespeicher, Bine Informationsdienst, Solarpraxis, Berlin.
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, 2004: Fuel Cell Handbook (Seventh Edition); by EG&G Technical Services, Inc.;; last access: May 2014
Hoogers, Gregor, 2002: Fuel Cell Technology Handbook (Mechanical Engineering Series, CRC, 1 edition.
IEA: World Energy Outlook, release 2013 (, last access: May 2014
Iqbal, M., 1984: An Introduction to Solar Radiation. Academic Press, Toronto
Larminie,James & Dicks, Andrew, 2003: Fuel Cell Systems Explained, Wiley, 2nd edition.
Linden, D. & Reddy, T.B., 2002: Handbook of Batteries. Third Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Liou, K.-N.: An Introduction to Atmospheric Radiation, 2002: Academic Press; 2 edition.
Myers, Daryl M., 2013: Solar Radiation – Practical Modeling for Renewable Energy Applications, CRC Press.
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 Meteorology: At the end of lecture period (end of January)
Energy Storage: At the end of lecture period (end of January)
Hydrogen & Fuel Cells: After end of lectures (mid-January)
Battery Lab: During Semester
Energy Meteorology (35%): Written exam (1.5 hours)
Energy Storage (35%): Written exam (1.5 hours)
Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (15%): Written exam (0.5 hours)
Battery Lab (15%): Written report (10 - 20 pages)
Course type Seminar
Workload attendance 0 h