Teaching in Energy and Sustainability

Teaching Focus

The team is actively involved in the Faculty of Civil Engineering's BSc and Msc programmes in Environmental Engineering and also delivers other lecturing units that consider energy in the urban environment. Further teaching is undertaken for the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism in the BSc-programme on Urban Planning.

The lectures and seminars offered on energy issues aim to provide the technical background knowledge that is needed to understand the complex interactions of energy supply and demand in today's society. This also includes considerations of the existing and the future energy infrastructure. The aim is to communicate the required technical and scientific skills and at the same time to encourage the students to develop creative approaches to problem solving.

Mission Statement and Themes

A more joined-up thinking between the various disciplines involved in the design process will be required in the future in order to address the challenges of creating a more sustainable environment and society. Tomorrow's professionals need to be prepared for these challenges in particular in view of a changing climate which will necessitate new approaches to urban planning, the provision of sustainable energy supplies and the delivery of the associated infrastructure. Therefore, in view of these challenges, teaching concentrates on the following themes:

  • the interrelations between energy resource availability and human development
  • sustainability and environmental footprinting
  • fossil fuel resources and outlook
  • conventional energy generation technologies
  • sustainable and renewable energy technologies
  • urban energy distribution infrastructure
  • distributed energy systems and the transition of the energy supply infrastructure
  • carbon emissions and climate change

MSc Specialisation in Energy Systems

The specialisation in Energy Systems, which was newly established for the winter semester 2021/22 in the MSc programme Environmental Engineering, deals with the development, dimensioning, modelling and numerical simulation of energy infrastructure systems based on renewable energies. In the modules offered by the team, students deal with the technical challenges of a future climate-neutral supply with electricity and thermal energy as well as with renewably produced energy sources such as hydrogen. The acquired knowledge is deepened through project work in small groups as well as in seminars in order to prepare the students for their practical work in the engineering profession.

Image video regarding the module Climate, Society, Energy within the MSc programme Environmental Engineering (in German):

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Current Teaching Activities

At present teaching is undertaken on degree programmes instructed in German. Current teaching activities include lectures and seminars in the following modules:

BACHELOR courses

MASTER courses

Thesis Topics

Thesis topics are usually developed in conjunction with the candidates on the basis of their individual interests and preferences. For preparing the thesis the guidelines of the group should be adhered to. Students interested in a thesis related to energy studies should contact the lecturer or the respective member of the team by email.

Lecture Materials

The lecture materials for the modules of the Energy Systems Group are provided on the university's teaching platform. They are uploaded right after the respective lecture unit.

→ teaching platform

Climate - Society - Energy

The MSc module 'Klima - Gesellschaft - Energie' (Climate - Society - Energy) is offered every summer term. It encompasses a group coursework on developing a sustainable off-grid community on a remote island.

→ view 2016 project poster (in German)