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Power Grids

Module MW2185

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

MW2185 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer 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


1) Overview of the national electrical energy supply
2) Physico-mathematical basics
3) Electro technical basics
4) Technical electrical power supply systems
5) Technical components of power grids
6) Basics of power grid regulation
7) Regulatory systems
8) European regulatory practice
9) German regulatory practice
10) Systemic risks
11) Reduction of systemic risks and sustainability
12) Future power supply system

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the module the students are capable
- to understand the structure of power supply in dependance of the techological, economical and political framework
- of applying their knowledge of the grid structures upon possible innovations and future requirements
- to analyse the usage of multiple models of regulating power grids
- of evaluating the risks exisiting for a reliable supply with power
- to create own ideas on the possibilites for future changes in the energy systems based on the risks and basic conditions


Basic knowledge of power plant engineering, electrical engineering and business contexts

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

The topics of the lecture will be conveyed based on PowerPoint presentations, explaining in detail the fundamentals of the current structure of power grids as well as the related technical, economic and political conditions for security of supply. Maps, overview plans and illustrations of real plants are presented for this purpose. Furthermore, theoretical and applied regulatory models are presented and explained in the context of supply risks and possible future innovations. The PDF files of the PowerPoint presentations, which are provided in advance via moodle, serve as a basic framework for the lecture, which is supplemented by writings on the board. By completion of their own documents during the lectures, the students can effectively reinforce the contents of the lecture.


oral presentations with laptop and projector (pdf-data online available at moodle)


• Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA): Homepage
• Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft: Homepage
• Dyckhoff: Produktionstheorie, 5. Auflage, Springer, 2006
• Ehricke: Energierecht, 17. Auflage, Nomos,2017
• Jackson: Klassische Elektrodynamik, 5. Auflage, De Gruyter, 2014
• Meyberg; Vachenhauer: Höhere Mathematik 1 und 2, 6. Auflage, Springer, 2010
• Oeding; Oswald: Elektrische Kraftwerke und Netze, 7. Auflage, Springer, 2011

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The exam is held orally and has a duration of about 30 minutes per candidate. Herewith the students demonstrate, that they have understood the the technological fundamentals of power grids. Furthermore the students show their capability to recognise, apply and estimate the requirements, risks and possibilities of regulation and economic incentives for electrical energy grids and markets. Thereby they show that they are aware of the current state as well as future developments. Moreover the understanding of different approaches for regulating grids will be tested and hereby the possibilities and restrictions of influencing future developments by the regulator.

Exam Repetition

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

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