International Programmes 2020/2021

Fundamentals of Renewable Energies – Certificate Course of Master's Programme Fundamentals of Renewable Energies

Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg • Magdeburg

Type of e-learning element
  • Other
Description of other e-learning elements

Moodle learning management system

Level / degree


One semester
Registration necessary
More information on registration

To apply for the Fundamentals of Renewable Energies programme, please contact us at We will get back to you shortly.

Target group

Bachelor's graduates from the fields of engineering, natural, physical, earth or environmental sciences or related fields, preferably with at least one year of professional experience

General description of e-learning element and content

Using the Moodle learning management system for the following:

  1. active learning via multiple choice tests
  2. passive learning via video lectures, presentations, online literature and micro-learning
  3. collaborative learning via group chats
Course organisation

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 or

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.

Module content:

  • 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.

Module content:

  • 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.

Module content:

  • 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

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ECTS points (max.)
E-learning element is part of a study programme
Name of study programme
Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Protection for MSc
Enrolment for study programme necessary
Phase(s) of attendance (on-site)
International elements
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
2,900 EUR
Academic admission requirements

There are no academic admission requirements for this course. However, if you want to continue your studies in the Master's programme, there will be further admission requirements. For more information, please contact us at

Language requirements

We strongly recommend an English level of at least B2 (Upper-Intermediate English).

Required technical equipment

Computer with Internet access

Registration necessary
More information on registration

To apply for the Fundamentals of Renewable Energies programme, please contact us at We will get back to you shortly.

Submit application to

Anke Heinemann