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Integration of Renewable Energies

Module EI70860

This Module is offered by Chair of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems (Prof. Hamacher).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

EI70860 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 60 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The lecture is subdivided in an introduction and three main chapters (physical, system and market integration), which classify the different challenges of the integration of renewable energies in an existing electricity system:
The introduction discusses the characteristics of fluctuating power generation from renewable energies and derives the resulting challenges for the system.
Physical integration discusses (technical) options, which enable an adaption of the generation side and the demand side (grid, storage, demand side integration, etc.).
System integration evaluates the possible contribution of renewable energies to provide ancillary services (balancing power, reactive power, inertia, etc.).
Market integration explain the influence of an increasing share of renewables on the existing market participants and discusses alternative framework design options.

Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of the module, students are able to:
- describe the challenges of a power system with a high share of renewable energies
- understand the properties of renewable energies from a system perspective
- analyze possible options to improve the integration of the renewable energies
- understand the system behavior of renewable energies
- analyze the influence of renewable power generation on operation of the conventional power plant park
- assess renewable power generation in relation to electricity markets and the demand of balancing power


Fundamental knowledge in:
- renewable energy technologies (hydro, wind, photovoltaic, biomass, geothermal)
- power generation and transportation in large quantities in future energy supply scenarios
- fossil and renewable energy carriers
- regulation frameworks in electricity markets
- political and social aspects in energy systems

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VI 4 Integration of Renewable Energies Gawlick, J. Kuhn, P. Mon, 10:15–11:45, ZEI 0001
Mon, 13:15–14:45, ZEI 0001

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture: beamer and partly blackboard presentations with teacher centered teaching
Tutorials: Calculations (by hand or PC based) as well as reading assignments which are both discussed in lessons

Language of instruction, English in Winter Semester and German in Summer Semester.


Lecture and exercise with beamer and blackboard. Presentations and exercise will be presented online.


Lawrence E. Jones, Renewable Energy Integration, 2017
IEA: The Power of Transformation, 2014

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The module exam consists of a written exam (60 min). The goal of the exam is to test with questions if the students are able to reproduce general challenges regarding the integration of renewable energies. With calculations on simple examples the capability of working with this general knowledge on specific questions is tested. The exam will be graded.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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