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Renewable Energy Technology I +II

Module MW1354

This Module is offered by Chair of Energy Systems (Prof. Spliethoff).

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

MW1354 is a year module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.

This module description is valid from WS 2010/1 to SS 2015.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
180 h 60 h 6 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


* Introduction to energy conversion concepts, primary energy carriers, potentials, turbines and generators,
* to climate change, green house gases, CO2-emission certificates, Kyoto- and Kopenhagen-Protocol,
* to political boundaries, german and world-wide subsidisation of renewable energy technologies
* distiction between sources of renewable energies

* Technological overview on power generation with fossile energy carriers (including CCS-concepts)
* Hydro-power
- historical development
- potentials, reserves
- technologies
- Tide and Wave power plants
* Wind turbines
- historical development
- potentials
- technologies
* Biomass power plants
- Combustion
- Gasification
- Fermentation
- Biofuels
* Geothermal power plants
* Solar thermal concepts and photovoltaic cells
- topics to be added

Learning Outcome

At the end of the module students should be able to differentiate between fossile and renewable energy carriers, evaluate the potential of generating power in large quantities in future energy supply scenarios and the technological, political and social boundary conditions. A profound knowledge of renewable energy technologies (hydro, wind, solar, biomass and geothermal) should enable students to assess pro's and con's of fossile vs. renewable energies in order to be able to decide on the best suited technology in a certain scenario.


Basic knowledge of compontents for power generation (generators, turbines, boilers, etc.)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

90 min lecture including discussion on the current topic per week. Students are encouraged to take part in the discussion and to question the arguments given by the lecturer. Autonomous preparing at home is needed to fully understand the learning matter.


Powerpoint presentations, Handouts (print copies and pdfs)


Handouts, literature recommendations

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The exam consists of a number of short questions on certain aspects of the topics presented as well as some calculations. Each lecturer will add a certain amount of questions according to his or her contribution to the lecture. Depending on the Study programme the exam can either be sustained in one exam on both semesters (written, 90mins) or one exam on each semester after ech semester (written, 45 min each).

Exam Repetition

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

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