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Renewable Energies 2

Module PH2089

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

PH2089 is a semester module in German language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This module description is valid to WS 2013/4.

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 PH2089 is Martin Stutzmann.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


The electronic, non-classical forms of renewable energy are contents of this module. Especially the energy conversionby photovoltaic processes as well as the analog biophysical phenomena during photosynthesis are handled. For photovoltaic processes discussed in particular all relevant generations- recombination phenomena in semiconductors are discussed, corresponding rate equations are analyzed and different types of solar cells are discussed. In a direct comparison with the photovoltaic, the fundamental biophysical and molecular processes of photosynthesis are presented and the use of biomass for energy production is discussed. Finally, the thermoelectric energy conversion as a field of research will be discussed. The physical basis of the seebeck effect, as well as the concrete realization of thermoelectric converters are also content of the lecture as the discussion of maximum efficiency and its improvement through the targeted use of nanotechnological approaches to increase the thermoelectric "figure of merit". 

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in this module the students are albe to:

  1. describe the functional principles of photovoltaic and thermoelectric converters and their current-voltage characteristics.
  2. estimate the effect of loss mechanisms on  the efficiency of such converters
  3. understand current optimization strategies to improve efficiencies and to reduce manufacturing costs and to estimate their potential.
  4. describe in comparison to these technological approaches the bio-molecular basis of photosynthesis and to classify the fact-based "biofuel" procedures in terms of their energy potential and its efficiency of the system. 


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 2 Brandt, M. singular or moved dates

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)
"Erneuerbare Energien", A. Wokaun (Teubner)
"Solar Cells" S.M. Sze (Wiley)
"Physics of Solar Cells" P. Würfel (Wiley)

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

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester. There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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