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pre041 - Sustainability of Renewable Energy (Complete module description)
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Module label Sustainability of Renewable Energy
Modulkürzel pre041
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Institute of Physics
Verwendbarkeit des Moduls
  • Sustainable Renewable Energy Technologies (Master) > Mastermodule
Zuständige Personen
Torio, Herena (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Agert, Carsten (Module responsibility)
Torio, Herena (Module responsibility)
Skills to be acquired in this module

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

-        analyse, and critically compare and evaluate selected sustainability concepts and strategies addressing renewable energy systems

-        critically appraise and analyse 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 several relevant aspects related to the sustainability of a particular real-life 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

Module contents

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 Seminar (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)

-        Growth/De-growth and decoupling of growth and emission

-        Life-cycle analysis

-        Thermodynamic methods: exergy, EROI and related approaches

-        Social indicators and their relation to energy use

-        Economic indicators and related paradigms in the context of energy consumption

-        Resilience and its operationalisation for energy systems
-        Methods for developing and assess socio-technical scenarios


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.
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
Form of instruction Comment SWS Frequency Workload of compulsory attendance
Lecture 2 WiSe 28
Seminar 2 SoSe und WiSe 28
Präsenzzeit Modul insgesamt 56 h
Examination Prüfungszeiten Type of examination
Final exam of module
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)