This course is part of our upcoming online Master‘s programme in Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Protection.
Credit points acquired in this course as well as during the International Summer University of Environmental Sciences (ISU) will be recognised. For more details on the ISU, organised by the Akademie für Energie und Umwelt - AfEU e.V., see http://www.isu-eco.de/ or http://isu.bme.hu/.
In three modules, the students learn about the fundamentals of renewable energies, the different sources, their materials and energy storage. The course is offered online and on a part-time basis to enable participation from home or work.
Module One – Renewable Energy: Materials, Components, Function
This class provides basic knowledge of renewable energy conversion for different components. Starting out with general energy statistics and fundamental knowledge, e.g., definitions, the student gains chemical and physical knowledge of the working principles for the different components including technical limits and economic importance of several systems.
- Statistics in energy consumption
- Types of energy resources
- Terms and definitions
- Conversion (devices and materials thereof, processes): photovoltaics; solar thermal; wind, water and planetary energy; fuel cells; geothermal; biomass, solar chemistry
- Dimensioning examples
Responsible lecturer: Prof Dr rer nat Michael Scheffler
Module Two – Renewable Energy Project
In this module, students will continue a more detailed study on photovoltaics including system and storage of photovoltaics. The aim of this module is to design a single family home with solar panels and model the efficiency of the panels throughout the year. In addition, the students will acquire knowledge of the software PV Sol and create their own building with solar panels.
- Storage of solar cells
- Systems of solar cells
- Introduction to PV Sol
- Practice samples of PV Sol
- Project using PV Sol
Responsible lecturer: Dr Claudia Swanson
Module Three – Materials For Energy Storage
This course contains important technical application and factors for the growing energy demand in Germany and worldwide and also discusses recent developments in research. The student learns about the different approaches for energy storage including thermal, electrical, chemical and mechanical energy storage.
- Thermal energy storage
- Electrical energy storage
- Chemical energy storage
- Compressed air
- Flywheel energy storage
- Other storage media, e.g., hydroelectric energy storage
Responsible lecturer: Prof Dr rer nat Franziska Scheffler