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 2021

Course unit title Smart Grids and Infrastructure
Course unit code 072722020201
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory
Semester when the course unit is delivered Summer Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Norbert MENKE, Andreas SCHREINER

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Course content

The course focuses on plants, systems, structures and the operation of energy networks for electricity, gas and heat. The course also focuses on actual challenges arising from the digitization of energy networks and electric mobility. The mainly technical content will be supplemented by network-economical aspects of grid usage, regulation, pricing and intersector coupling.

  • Technical structure and functioning of energy networks: Facilities, systems structures and functionality.
  • Monopolistic character of energy networks: Energy law, unbundling, grid access and grid use
  • Security and Quality of Supply: Terms, Parameters, System Services and Perspectives Digitization of energy infrastructures: objectives, technologies, opportunities, risks, perspectives and (legal) boundaries
  • Challenge to the power grids through E-mobility
  • Methods of price formation in regulated energy networks
  • Selected aspects of non-linear energy infrastructures

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be familiar with the functionality of energy grids and will be able to safely describe the role of energy grids in an increasingly digital and regenerative energy system. The students know

  • Technologies, structures and functioning of networks for the distribution of electricity, gas and heat. They can describe and classify these using typical parameters and relationships.
  • The concepts of supply reliability and supply quality. They are familiar with typical parameters and the calculation of examples. They can explain and classify their significance in a renewable energy system.
  • Legal framework for energy networks with monopoly character and can apply these with regard to operation (unbundling), access and use.
  • Methods of cost- and incentive-oriented pricing and can calculate examples.
  • The future role of energy networks in digitalised and decentralised energy systems. They are able to describe and weigh up the opportunities, risks and (legal) limits of new technologies - especially e-mobility and digitalisation.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods
  •  Integrated Course
  •  Lecture with integrated exercises
  •  Interactive energy debates
  •  Editing and discussion of case studies

Assessment methods and criteria
  • Processing and presentation of a case study in small groups
  • Final examination



Recommended or required reading
  • Brauner, Günther (2016): Energiesysteme: regenerativ und dezentral. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.
  • Crastan, Valentin (2015): Elektrische Energieversorgung. 1: Netzelemente, Modellierung, stationäres Verhalten, Bemessung, Schalt- und Schutztechnik. 4., bearbeitete Auflage. Heidelberg: Springer Vieweg.
  • Konstantin, Panos (2017): Praxisbuch Energiewirtschaft: Energieumwandlung, -transport und -beschaffung, Übertragungsnetzausbau und Kernenergieausstieg. 4., aktualisierte Auflage. Berlin: Springer Vieweg.
  • Appelrath, Hans-Jürgen; Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften (Hrsg.) (2012): Future Energy Grid: Migrationspfade ins Internet der Energie. Berlin: Springer.
  • Knieps, Günter (2007): Netzökonomie: Grundlagen, Strategien, Wettbewerbspolitik. 1. Aufl. Wiesbaden: Gabler.

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

Classroom event