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Regenerative Electricity Production

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Learning outcomes of course unit

Graduates are able to identify current technologies and developments, the location and supply-dependent behavior and efficiency of renewable electric-energy production and describe these with technical characteristic values. Moreover, they use digital methods for the design and project planning of plants.
They are able to explain the structure of national and international development plans for renewable energy production, classify funding systems for renewable energy production and justify the requirements for the system integration of renewable energies in general energy supply.

prerequisites and co-requisites

Resources Renewable Energies, Renewable Heat Generation

course contents

Factors influencing the production performance of PV systems are derived from the photoelectric effect. System components, location factors and the performance ratio of PV systems convey the most important facts for the description and estimation of the energy yield of PV systems. Framework conditions for the network integration of PV systems are explained and justified.
The functionality of various hydropower turbines and the structure of hydropower plants are explained and justified according to various framework conditions and applications. This also includes effects that are critical for operation such as pressure surge, cavitation and erosion.
Influences on solar-thermal and geothermal electricity production are demonstrated and estimated quantitatively in regard to the most important designs and concepts.
Prognoses are reflected in international, European and national development plans for renewable energies, which are supported by technology-specific economic development promotion. Specific technological properties for renewable energies are interpreted in regard to integration into general energy supply, and derived, generally applicable requirements for network operators are justified.

recommended or required reading

Kaltschmitt M.; Streicher W.; Wiese A.: Erneuerbare Energien: Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftlichkeit, Umweltaspekte, 5. Auflage, Springer- Verlag, 2014
Quaschning V.: Regenerative Energiesysteme: Technologie; Berechnung; Simulation, 9. Auflage, Carl Hanser Verlag, 2015
Mertens K.: Photovoltaik: Lehrbuch zu Grundlagen, Technologie und Praxis, 3. Auflage, Hanser Verlag, 2015
Hau E.: Windkraftanlagen, 6. Auflage, Springer Verlag, 2017

assessment methods and criteria

Written examination, study-accompanying homework

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number of ECTS credits allocated


planned learning activities and teaching methods

Integrative course

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recommended optional program components

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type of course unit

Comulsory lecture

mode of delivery

Integrative course

work placement(s)

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