Energy Science

Module PH0021 [AEP Expert 1]

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

PH0021 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in summer semester.

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

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (5th Semester, Specialization AEP)

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0021 is Martin Brandt.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions



  • Forms of energy, power, typical energy quantities
  • The quality of energy (entropie, exergy and anergy)
  • Energy conversion and efficiency
  • Energy resources and energy consumption

Thermodynamics of energy conversion

  • Power cycles (general considerations)
  • Steady state, steady flow systems  
  • Thermodynamic description of a power plant
  • Exergy analysis of power cycles and heat pumps

Fuel Cells

  • Mode of operation and general set-up
  • Thermodynamics of fuel cells
  • OVerview of the different types of fuel cells

Solar Radiation and solar thermal systems

  • Solar radiation
  • Concentration of solar radiation
  • Solar-thermal energy conversion
  • Flat collectors, heliostats and solar towers


  • Operation mode of a solar cell, efficiency and loss mechanisms
  • Design principles of solar cells
  • Current developments

Photosynthesis and Solar fuels

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to:

  • Determine the energetic and exergetic efficiency of energy conversion processes
  • Perform a thermodynamic analysis of steady flow systems and apply it to the composents of vapor and gas power plants
  • Discuss the operation mode of fuel cells
  • Derive energy balance equation for solar thermal devices
  • Discuss mode of operation as well as maximum and real efficiencies of Si solar cells.


Basic knowledge in  thermodynamics and condensed matter physics

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Die Vorlesung wird kompakt in der ersten Hälfte der Vorlesungszeit gelesen. Die Vorlesung wird ergänzt durch Tutorübungen.


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E. Hahne, Technische Thermodynamik, Addison Wesley 2000 (Lehrbuchsammlung)
J. Larmine, A. Dicks, Fuel Cell Systems Explained, Wiley
P. Würfel, Physik der Solarzellen (neuere Auflage auf Englisch)

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested in an oral exam. Participation in tutorials is strongly recommended.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Prüfung zu Energiewissenschaften (Block2A)
Do, 13.10.2016 bis 7.9.2016

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