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

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Winter Semester 2022

Course unit title Efficient Decentralised Energy Technoloies
Course unit code 072722010201
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6
Name of lecturer(s) Gerhard HUBER, Dominik PFEIFER, Markus PREIßINGER, Christoph SCHMUCKERMAYER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

This course has a technical focus and is enhanced by an overall systemic view of efficient decentralized energy technologies. The content of the course is designed to be intersectoral. The three most important sectors, electricity, heat and mobility, are considered individually as well as within a sector coupling for buildings, transport and industry. One focus of the course is the area of industry with all interfaces to the other sectors.

  • Introduction to efficient decentralised energy technologies: Necessity, energy demand, energy service, efficiency concept
  • Cross-sectoral aspects: key figures, efficiencies, standards and regulation
  • Buildings: types of buildings, building standards, heating/cooling energy demand, comfort, technology overview (heating, ventilation, air conditioning)
  • Transport: drive concepts, loss chain, private and public transport
  • Industry: Industries, process energy and energy flows, technology overview (compressed air, waste heat utilisation)
  • Sector coupling and load management: potentials, substitution solutions, heat networks, technical implementation
  • Future technological challenges in decentralized systems

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be familiar with the most important efficient decentralized energy technologies. They can describe how they work and analyse the strengths and weaknesses of different technologies. The students

  • recognise the need for decentralised energy technologies.
  • understand the concept of efficiency and sufficiency and can derive strategies for reducing energy demand based on these concepts.
  • can calculate the heating and cooling energy requirements of buildings and select suitable technologies.
  • can discuss drive concepts for mobility solutions and evaluate their efficiency.
  • are able to describe and select technologies for energy-efficient industrial processes and to design simple applications.
  • know concepts of sector coupling and can estimate and evaluate their potential for coupling energy sources and load management.
  • are able to assess opportunities and challenges of future technologies.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  • Lecture
  • Exercises
  • Energy debates

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Exercises
  • Final examination


External experts will be invited to selected topics.

Recommended or required reading
  • Blesl, Markus; Kessler, Alois (2017): Energieeffizienz in der Industrie. 2. Auflage. Berlin: Springer Vieweg.
  • Brauner, Günther (2016): Energiesysteme: regenerativ und dezentral: Strategien für die Energiewende. 1. Auflage. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.
  • Pehnt, Martin (Hrsg.) (2010): Energieeffizienz: ein Lehr- und Handbuch. 1., korrigierter Nachdr. Berlin: Springer.
  • Wosnitza, Franz; Hilgers, Hans Gerd (2012): Energieeffizienz und Energiemanagement: ein Überblick heutiger Möglichkeiten und Notwendigkeiten. Wiesbaden: Springer Spektrum.
  • Zahoransky, Richard u.a. (Hrsg.) (2019): Energietechnik: Systeme zur konventionellen und erneuerbaren Energieumwandlung. Kompaktwissen für Studium und Beruf. 8., überarbeitete und ergänzte Auflage. Wiesbaden: Springer Vieweg.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Presence Course