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Decentralized and Renewable Energy Systems

Module name (EN): Decentralized and Renewable Energy Systems
Degree programme: Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2004
Module code: MAM-8.V.1
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 6V (6 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 8
Semester: 8
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
150-minute written exam

[updated 12.09.2004]
Applicability / Curricular relevance:
MAM-8.V.1 Engineering and Management, Master, ASPO 01.10.2004, semester 8, mandatory course
90 class hours (= 67.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 240 hours (equivalent to 8 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 172.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended knowledge:
Bachelor’s degree

[updated 14.08.2012]
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Altgeld
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst Altgeld

[updated 06.09.2004]
Learning outcomes:
After completing this course, students will:
- have acquired a secure basis on which to select and make decisions regarding the operation of decentralized CHP plants;
- have a deeper understanding of renewable energy systems allowing them to make informed decisions concerning technical, environmental and economic aspects of their use.

[updated 12.09.2004]
Module content:
- Combined heat and power plants
        - The cogeneration concept
        - CHP units with piston engines, micro gas turbines, Stirling engines, small-scale steam turbines and fuel cells
        - Dimensioning CHP units with respect to heat and power flux.
- Stationary fuel cells
        - How fuel cells work and the underlying physical principles
        - Current state of fuel cell development (AFC, PEFC, PAFC, MCFC, SOFC)
        - Operating behaviour, outlook
- Energy recovery from biomass in decentralized systems (plant technology and operation)
        - Combustion
        - Thermal gasification
        - Bacterial gasification/fermentation
        - Plant technology and operational behaviour
- Refrigeration systems and heat pumps
        - Thermodynamic fundamentals
        - Cold-gas systems
        - Cold-steam systems
        - Vapour-absorption and adsorption refrigerators
        - Components of refrigeration and cooling systems, operational behaviour
- Solar thermal systems
        - Design and optimization of components
                - Structural optimization of solar collectors
                - Energy storage units and dimensioning
                - Other components and system safety
                - Running a solar collector system (control and the legionella prevention)
                - System design software, such as TSOL®
                - Solar roof systems
- Solar-heated swimming pools
        - Software-aided system design
- Photovoltaic systems
        - Development trends
        - Examples of software-aided system design
- Sample analyses of the economic viability of renewable energy systems

[updated 12.09.2004]
Teaching methods/Media:
References to specialist literature; current publications; exercises and problems
Excerpts from specialist literature and related exercises and problems
Additional material from the BINE project information service
Specially written course materials
Additional exercises and problems
Multi-Sol 2.0 educational software package

[updated 12.09.2004]
Recommended or required reading:
Zahoransky, A.:  Energietechnik, Vieweg
Jungnickel,H., et al.:  Grundlagen der Kältetechnik, Verlag Technik, Berlin
Khartchenko, N.V.:  Solaranlagen, Vogel.
Kaltschmitt:  Erneuerbare Energieträger, Springer.
Quaschnig:  Regenerative Energiesysteme, Vogel.
Wagner:  Photovoltaik Engineering
Hadamovsky:  Solaranlagen, Vogel
Duffie, Beckmann: Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, Wiley

[updated 12.09.2004]
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