✓ BSc/BE students enrolled at a renowned university
✓ Studying electrical engineering or a related field
✓ Minimum age to participate is 18
✓ Minimum English language proficiency
Please note: Interested students should be studying electrical engineering and show strong interests in sustainable technology, especially in the context of energy and buildings. Basic skills in any discipline with a strong focus on energy is beneficial.
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Building Performance Simulation
In the “Building Performance Simulation” module, an introduction to building performance simulation will be given by presenting the mathematical and physical basics of building energy performance modelling and simulation, implementation of models using computer-based numerical methods, computer algebra systems and "Modelica", which is an object-oriented modelling language.
For this purpose, a detailed introduction into relevant individual aspects will be given, including the following: climatic conditions, weather data, solar radiation (solar position, angle calculations etc.), heat conduction, convection, short- and long-wave radiation exchange, solar optical and thermal properties of glazing, window modelling, and single- and multi-zone models. Selected sub-modules will be programmed by students individually.
Students will acquire the basic knowledge to carry out dynamic building simulations and to assess uncertainties. For this purpose, students will gain knowledge about different scales in a building simulation (environment, building, users) and learn appropriate modelling approaches for the mathematical description of the corresponding heat and mass transfer processes. This includes an insight into individual simulation modules, which students will develop on their own by means of didactically suitable programming tools.
Energy Basics & Methods for Energy Supply of Buildings
After a short review of energy basics (terms and definitions of energy, work, heat, power etc.), the lecture will present different methods of heat generation in buildings as heat pumps, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic and other renewable energy sources. This part of the programme addresses how the heating demand is covered today and could be covered in the future.
The Campus Cube
The Campus Cube is a hypothetical university building that (as an example) will be used to calculate the peak heating demand and the annual heating demand. After calculating the demands, it will be the students’ assignment developing ideas to equip the Campus Cube with an energy efficient technology.
Energy Management & Trading
After a general introduction into energy management, trading and plant operation, the focus will be laid on the electricity trading and a plant operation simulator. In small teams, the students will learn how to operate a single power plant and a power plant portfolio using an online simulator. Trading will take place on both a single market and a cross-border environment.
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