Principles of Energy Conversion

Module PH2067

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

PH2067 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.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses 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)
150 h 75 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2067 is Oliver Schneider.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


1. Introduction and fundamentals
2. Concepts of energy conversion
a) Internal combustion engines
b) Thermal power plants using fossil fuels
c) Thermal power plants based on nuclear fission and fusion
d) Power plants based on renewable energies
e) Fuel cells
f) Concepts based on biomass
3. Energy storage
a) Pumped-storage hydropower
b) Compressed air
c) Phase-change materials
d) Batteries
e) Supercapacitors
f) Hydrogen

Learning Outcome

After participation in the module the student is able to:
1. Understand the thermodynamic fundamentals and limitations of energy conversion
2. Discuss important thermodynamic cycles related to energy conversion
3. Describe the essential principles of energy conversion and storage
4. Discuss environmental, social, and economic issues related to energy conversion (e.g. pollution control, waste disposal, green house effect)


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

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 4 Principles of energy conversion Schneider, O. einzelne oder verschobene Termine
sowie Termine in Gruppen

Learning and Teaching Methods

lecture, beamer presentation, board work, exercises in individual and group work


practise sheets


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 füur Ingenieure, 7. Auflage, 2008

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

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

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