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pre041 - Sustainability of Renewable Energy (Vollständige Modulbeschreibung)
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Modulbezeichnung Sustainability of Renewable Energy
Modulkürzel pre041
Kreditpunkte 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Einrichtungsverzeichnis Institut für Physik
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Master Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Torio, Herena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Agert, Carsten (Modulverantwortung)
Torio, Herena (Modulverantwortung)

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

·         understand fundamental concepts shaping different sustainability definitions and discourses

·         get to know main methods for sustainability assessment of renewable energy systems and
         understand their principles, application areas and blackspots

·         understand, critically appraise and compare the principles and implications of selected
          scientific methods and theories for a sustainable energy supply

·         critically evaluate the suitability and meaningfulness of different sustainability indicators,
          theories, methods and practices regarding their role and impact for developed countries, on
          the one hand, and developing countries, on the other

·         perform an integral assessment, involving one of the discussed assessment methods on a
         particular renewable energy project as well as identify the main barriers, potentials and
         driving factors for improving it

·         perform a literature review on selected sustainability approaches to a professional standard
          and extract the main related conclusions, and arguing critically on them

.         present data and information both verbally and in the written form, including quotation to a
          professional standard


The module “Sustainability of RE Systems” provides the theoretical background for understanding main concepts and interdisciplinary scientific methods from the context as well as their role in the sustainability debate.

Sustainability of RE (Lecture & Seminar; 180 h workload)

·         Strategies and dimensions in sustainability research and discussion:
          efficiency, consistency and sufficiency, as well as related concepts (e.g. rebound effect and    

·         Growth/De-growth and (absolute and relative) decoupling of growth and GHG emissions

·         Life-cycle analysis

·         Energy scenarios: techno-economic and system dynamic approaches

·         Discourse analysis

·         Multi-criteria decision making methods

·         Social indicators and their relation to energy use

.         Economic indicators and related paradigms in the context of energy



Bruntland report: Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future. UN Reports. Link:

Pelenc et al. 2015. Weak sustainability vs strong sustainability. Brief for GSDR, 2015. Link:

Jackson T., 2009. Prosperity without growth - Economics for a finite planet. Earthscan- London-Sterling VA, 2009

LCSDSN, 2015. Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the Sustainable Development Goals Launching a data revolution for the SDGs. Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Kumar et al. 2017. A review of multi criteria decision making (MCDM) towards sustainable renewable energy development. Renewable and sustainable energy

reviews, 69 (2017), pp. 596-609.

Isabel Haase & Herena Torio, 2021. "The Impact of the Climate Action Programme 2030 and Federal State Measures on the Uptake of Renewable Heating Systems in Lower Saxony’s Building Stock," Energies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 14(9), pages 1-25, April.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Dauer in Semestern 1 Semester
Angebotsrhythmus Modul
Aufnahmekapazität Modul unbegrenzt
Modullevel / module level MM (Mastermodul / Master module)
Modulart / typ of module Pflicht / Mandatory
Lehr-/Lernform / Teaching/Learning method
Vorkenntnisse / Previous knowledge
Lehrveranstaltungsform Kommentar SWS Angebotsrhythmus Workload Präsenz
Vorlesung 2 WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Prüfung Prüfungszeiten Prüfungsform
At the end of the lecture period (presentation) and end of semester (report)
1 Examination: Presentation of a Paper (presentation - 20 minutes and written report 15 pages) or Term Paper (15 pages)