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Different Aspects of a Sustainable Energy Economy for M.Sc. Students

Module PH1495

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

PH1495 is a semester module in German or 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 student seminars for condensed matter physics
  • Catalogue of student seminars for Applied and Engineering 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  h 4 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH1495 is Katharina Krischer.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In addition to the physical aspects of energy conversion and storage, a successful conversion of the energy economy from fossil fuels to 100% regenerative energy depends on many other factors: availability of resources, efficient production, storage and transport options, requirements for electricity and distribution networks, and not finally also an acceptable economic efficiency. Particular attention is paid to aspects of environmental pollution and CO2 balancing, as well as life cycle considerations of the various renewable energy sources. The seminar topics are based on individual chapters of the book "Sustainable Energy - without the hot air" by David J.C. MacKay. Based on this, independent research into further literature is required for a comprehensive treatment of the respective topic. The lectures and their discussion will be held in English.

Learning Outcome

After participation in the Module the student is able to:

  1. Perform bibliographical searches on published papers and in the internet for information relevant to specific topic
  2. Finding scientific papers online
  3. Condense their knowlegde into a presentation and obtain presentation skills
  4. Obtain a deeper insight into dependencies and constraints important for the transformation of the energy economy into a renewable energy system


No specific requirements.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

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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.

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