Energy, Environment and Sustainable climate development

Module PH1312

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

PH1312 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered every semester.

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

  • Catalogue of student seminars for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for the Bachelor's programme Physics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for condensed matter physics

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

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
120 h 40 h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1312 is Oliver Schneider.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Seminar talks on:

  1. solar energy
  2. hydro power
  3. wind energie
  4. geothermal energy
  5. nuclear power
  6. bio energy
  7. radioactive waste
  8. thermonuclear fusion
  9. climate models
  10. energy transport
  11. energy storage
  12. energy from waste treatment
  13. Carbon Capture and Storage 
  14. energy-efficient homes
  15. fuel cells

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module the student can

  1. explain the technical fundamentals of energy production, storage and conversion
  2. discuss and compare the different methods of energy producion with respect to efficiency, costs, availability and emission
  3. explain and discuss the effect of different methods of energy production on the climate
  4. use the basic methods of literature retrieval, condense their knowlegde from scientific papers into a presentation.


No preconditions in addition to the requirements for the Master’s program in Physics.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

PS 2 Seminar Energie-Klima-Umwelt Schneider, O. einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

self-studies on a scientific topic, preparation and presentation of a scientific talk, beamer presentation, board work, advisor discussion.


complementary literature


  1. R.A. Zahoransky: Energietechnik, 4. Auflage, Vieweg/Teubner, 2009
  2. B. Diekmann, K. Heinloth: Energie, 2. Auflage, Teubner, 1996
  3. H. Watter: Nachhaltige Energiesysteme, 1. Auflage, Vieweg/Teubner, 2009
  4. K. Langeheinecke, P. Jany, G. Thieleke: Thermodynamik für Ingenieure, 7. Auflage, 2008
  5. weitere Literatur abhängig vom Vortragsthema

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In the course of the seminar each student individually prepares a talk on a topic of current research. Based on this talk the learning outcome is tested.

Exam Repetition

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

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