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

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

Course unit title Renewable Energies and Storage Systems
Course unit code 072722020202
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2022
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2022
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Babette HEBENSTREIT

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

The course will cover current energy generation, energy conversion and energy storage technologies. The focus is on the transformation of the energy system with renewable or low-greenhouse gas energy production and various possibilities of energy storage and energy conversion to compensate for volatile production.

  • Physical, Chemical, Mechanical Fundamentals of the Technologies Covered
  • State of the art and perspectives
  • Assessment and classification of technologies: technology, efficiency, economy (production costs), acceptance
  • Energy generation technologies: Photovoltaics, biomass, hydropower, wind power
  • Energy storage technologies: Heat storage tanks, batteries, pumped storage tanks, gas storage tanks
  • Selected topics on sector coupling and decentralisation: cogeneration, Power2Heat, Power2Gas, fuel cells, combined heat and power plants, CO2 separation

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be familiar with essential energy production, conversion and storage technologies. They can classify the technologies in the overall system from generation to use and discuss coupling possibilities. The students

  • are able to explain the functioning of regenerative energy production and energy storage technologies.
  • can describe energy conversion concepts between heat, electricity and fuels for applications in sector coupling.
  • know technological and economic criteria for the evaluation of technologies. They can use these criteria to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different energy production, conversion and storage technologies.
  • can calculate the efficiency of the entire energy chain from generation to use.
  • are able to plan simple example plants and calculate the production costs.
  • are able to outline the current challenges of the energy system (decentralisation, volatility of renewable energies) and identify possible technical solution strategies by transformation and possible technical solution strategies by transformation and storage.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  •  Lecture
  •  Group works
  •   Exercises
  •   Discussions

Assessment methods and criteria

Written Overall Examination



Recommended or required reading
  • Brauner, Günther (2016): Energiesysteme: regenerativ und dezentral. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-12755-8 (Zugriff am: 23.07.2019).
  • Kaltschmitt, Martin; Streicher, Wolfgang; Wiese, Andreas (Hrsg.) (2013): Erneuerbare Energien. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-03249-3 (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Watter, Holger (2019): Regenerative Energiesysteme: Grundlagen, Systemtechnik und Analysen ausgeführter Beispiele nachhaltiger Energiesysteme. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. Online im Internet: DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-23488-1 (Zugriff am: 23.09.2019).
  • Rummich, Erich (2015): Energiespeicher: Grundlagen, Komponenten, Systeme und Anwendungen: mit 94 Bildern und 22 Tabellen. 2. Auflage. Renningen: expert verlag.

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

Presence Course