Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Internet of Energy

Degree programme Sustainable Energy Systems
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Master
Winter Semester 2023
Course unit title Internet of Energy
Course unit code 072722030301
Language of instruction German, English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Michael HIRSCHBICHLER
Requirements and Prerequisites


Course content

The course will focus on information and communication technologies (ICT) for the acquisition, processing and visualisation of data in a regenerative and networked energy system.

  • Collection, storage, processing and communication of data at the field level (smart metering)
  • Wired and non-wired communication technologies, e.g. field bus systems, radio networks, fiber optic networks as well as Internet and Powerline
  • Digital platforms for the network operator (network control systems), industry and commerce (energy management systems) and prosumer (smart home)
  • Data security and critical infrastructures
  • Scenarios and migration paths for the Internet of Energy
Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students are familiar with typical information and communication technologies (ICT) and their application in distributed, digitized energy systems. They can record possible paths to the Internet of Energy, i.e. to digitalisation. They can identify and classify the potentials and challenges with regard to the digitisation of the energy system. The students know

  • Typical ICT for the acquisition, transmission and processing of information in regenerative decentralised energy systems. They can describe them in a control level model and compare them.
  • ICT and its system interrelationships in detail for an example application (e.g., electromobility).
  • Digital platforms for operators of energy networks (network control systems), industry and commerce (energy management systems) and prosumers (smart home). They can describe technology and function as well as identify and classify potentials and risks.
  • the legal basis for data security. They can also describe and classify the effects with regard to the digitisation of critical energy supply infrastructures.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  •  Lectures
  •  Discussions
  •  Exercises
  •  Field trips
Assessment methods and criteria
  • Presentation (25%) and
  • a written or oral exam (75%)

For a positive grade, a minimum of 50% of the possible points must be achieved across all parts of the examination.



Recommended or required reading
  • Servatius, Hans-Gerd; Schneidewind, Uwe; Rohlfing, Dirk (Hrsg.) (2012): Smart energy: Wandel zu einem nachhaltigen Energiesystem. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Faseth, E. M. (2003): „Die Herausforderungen der dezentralen/erneuerbaren Energieerzeugung für Leittechnik und Automatisierungstechnik.“ In: e & i Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, 120 (2003), 10, S. 342–345. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1007/BF03054804 (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Jagstaidt, Ullrich C. C.; Kossahl, Janis; Kolbe, Lutz M. (2011): „Smart Metering Information Management.“ In: Business & Information Systems Engineering, 3 (2011), 5, S. 323–326. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1007/s12599-011-0173-5 (Zugriff am: 01.08.2019).
  • Kabalci, Yasin (2016): „A survey on smart metering and smart grid communication.“ In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 57 (2016), S. 302–318. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2015.12.114 (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Muhanji, Steffi O.; Flint, Alison E.; Farid, Amro M. (2019): eIoT: The Development of the Energy Internet of Things in Energy Infrastructure. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-10427-6 (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Niederhausen, Herbert; Burkert, Andreas (2014): Elektrischer Strom: Gestehung, Übertragung, Verteilung, Speicherung und Nutzung elektrischer Energie im Kontext der Energiewende. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Presence Course