Renewable Energies 1

Module PH2088

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

PH2088 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This module description is valid to SS 2013.

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 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2088 is Martin Stutzmann.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


In this module, students learn the aspects of renewable energy, which are based on classical mechanical and thermal forms of energy. In two introductory chapters, the various forms of energy in physics and the corresponding energy densities and questions of storability will be discussed. Further subjects are the principles of the energy produced in the sun as well as their impact on the global radiation balance and the average temperature on earth. Then, the energy generation from
a) water waves and tides
b) wind energy
c) geothermal and solar thermal energy
are discussed in detail.Here, in particular the physically limiting factors for the maximum efficiency and the fundamental physical properties and characteristics of different energy sources are treated.

Learning Outcome

After successful completion of this module, the student is able to:

  1. estimate the availability, energy density, and storability of various forms of energy.
  2. explain the essential details of the solar radiation spectrum on the basis of a simple solar model and to show the specific impact on the climatic characteristics of the earth
  3. describe quantitativley the physical principles and limitations of water, wind and thermal plants (geothermal and solar thermal).

For this purpose, he / she can derive the basic physical concepts that lead to the estimation of the maximum achievable efficiency and has also gained a realistic feel of typical magnitudes of producible quantities of energy in the practical implementation. 


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

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Renewable Energy 1 Stutzmann, M. einzelne oder verschobene Termine

Learning and Teaching Methods

Vortrag, Beamerpräsentation, Tafelarbeit


Vorlesungsskript, Präsentationsunterlagen, begleitende Internetseite


"Die Energiefrage" , K. Heinloth (Vieweg)
"Erneuerbare Energien" , M. Kaltschmitt, A. Wiese (Springer)
"Energie" , B. Diekmann, K. Heinloth (Teubner)
"Regenerative Energiesysteme" , V. Quaschning (Hanser)

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.

Remarks on associated module exams

The exam for this module can be taken together with the exam to the associated follow-up module PH2089: Erneuerbare Energien 2 / Renewable Energies 2 after the follwoing semester. In this case you need to register for both exams in the following semester.

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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