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Renewable Energy Technology 1

Module MW1475

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.

Module version of SS 2012

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2020/1SS 2012WS 2011/2

Basic Information

MW1475 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter 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)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course offers an insight into renewable energy sources, and the existing technologies to use them. It also looks to present the political framework of renewable energy technology, as well as societal and ecological aspects from a global point of view. The course is recommended for students not majoring in the field, who are interested in gaining an overview of renewable energy systems.
The course RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGY (taught in English) is split into two modules 3 ECTS each (one per semester), beginning with “RET I” in the Winter Semester. The attached module “RET II” will be offered in the Summer Semester.
The course is supported by various institutions of the TUM: The Institute for Energy Systems, the Institute for Renewable and Sustainable Energies, The Institute for Wind Energy, The chair of Hydraulic and Water Resources Engineering as well as the “Laboratory of Steam Boilers and Thermal Plants” from the National Technical University of Athens.

The module “RET I” covers the following topics:
• Fundamentals
• Energy from Biomass
• Geothermal Energy
• Wind Energy

In the module “RET II” the following topics are covered:
• Hydropower
• Solar Thermal Energy
• Photovoltaics

From the winter semester 2017/2018 onwards
the module "RET I" covers the following topics:
• Fundamentals
• Energy from Biomass
• Geothermal Energy
• Hydropower

whereas the module "RET II " is composed as follows:
• Wind Energy
• Solar Thermal Energy
• Photovoltaics

Learning Outcome

After the participation in the module the students are able to understand the basics of the most relevant renewable energy technologies.
The gained knowledge enables the students to describe the fields of application as well as the limits of the presented renewable forms of energy. Moreover, the students are able to explain the elementary aspects of renewable energies from a physical, technical, and economical point of view.
They are familiar with technological solutions of all the presented renewable forms of energy and are able to classify their fields of application.
In addition, the students are able to identify the most suitable technology for a given field of application with particular focus on key physical, technical, and economical issues. In this context, the students are able to list and explain the environmental, economic, and social impacts of the selected technology.


Basic thermodynamics and fluid dynamics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Renewable Energy Technology I Wed, 16:00–17:45, MW 0350
and singular or moved dates

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


German Literature:
Kaltschmitt, Martin: Erneuerbare Energien. Springer Verlag, Berlin

Quaschning, Volker: Regenerative Energiesysteme. Technologie - Berechnung - Simulation. Carl Hanser Verlag, München

Heliß, Michael: Regenerative Energiequellen. Praktikum. Springer Verlag, Berlin

Mohr, Markus: chancen erneuerbarer Energiequellen. Springer Verlag, Berlin

English Literature:
Spliethoff, Hartmut: Power Generation from Solid Fuels. Springer Verlag, Berlin

Boyle: Renewable Energy. Oxford University Press

Kaltschmitt, Martin: Renewable Energy: Technological Foundations, Economical and Environmental Aspects. Springer Verlag, Berlin

Wengenmayr, Roland: Renewable Energy: Soustainable Energy Concepts for the Future. Wiley-VCH Verlag

International energy Agency: Energy Technology Perspectives - Scenarios & Strategies to 2050

International Energy Agency: World Energy Outlook

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The exam takes 60 minutes and consists of a number of short questions on certain aspects of the topics presented as well as some calculations. Allowed auxiliary are writing and drawing utensils and a non programmable calculator.

Exam Repetition

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

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