Principles of Energy Conversion
PH2067 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.
If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (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
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
Learning and Teaching Methods
lecture, beamer presentation, board work, exercises in individual and group work
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
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.
The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.