Interdisciplinary Project Internship Concept Development of a Renewable Energy System in a Developing Country

Module Number: EI7467

Duration: 1 Semester

Reccurence: Winter Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 6


Professor in charge: Thomas Hamacher

Amount of work

Class Attendance: 45

Self-Study: 135


Learning outcome

After participating in the project the students will be able to:- understand extraneous knowledge concerning renewable energy systems in developing countries by the interdisciplinary collaboration with students from different study fields- implement this interdisciplinary knowledge about energy systems in developing countries into action competences- present the progress of a project target-oriented in meetings- highlight the relevant technological, financial and sociocultural framework conditions of a planned energy system for a certain location in a developing country- evaluate various options of energy supply concepts with based on their framework conditions- manage the progress of a concept- develop a suitable energy concept based on the requirements and possibilities of a defined location- present convincingly their concept in a final presentation- describe convincingly in a project report both the choice of their energy concept taking the involvement of all relevant aspects into account and the its realization


During the study project students develop a concept for the renewable energy system of a given location in a developing country.During this concept development the variety of possible energy concepts will be reduced by general characteristics of stand-alone systems in the first step, followed by technological criteria in developing countries and socio-cultural impacts. Subsequently, the suitability of the various power production technologies, which are presented in the lectures, will be evaluated for the site in the developing country. Afterwards financing possibilities and framework conditions of regional market will be taken into account for the selection of the energy concept. In the end the final energy concept will be derived out of these sub steps.Additionally the students derive options based on their developed energy concept, how to empower the population of the region economically by means of renewable energies.

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

The students' learning success will be determined by the following components of the project:1. Input throughout the course of the milestone meetings (the supervisor of a team will rate each member of his team individually based on her or his input during the milestone meetings):- Integration of the extraneous inputs, which his team members from other fields of study give, in order to develope a holistic concept for a renewable energy system in a developing country- Analyzing the framework conditions, determining obstacles and deriving innovative solutions for renewable energy systems in developing countries before each milestone meeting- Communication with the team leader and the other team members- Meeting the timetable2. Final presentation:A jury will evaluate, how far the team manages to transfer their developed concept into an understandable context and to convince the audience of their choice of a certain concept. This includes the logic of the presentation, the focus on relevant points and appealing visualizations of their presentation slides.In addition to this, each team member is individually evaluated for her or his presentation methods and expertise shown during the subsequent questions.3. Project report (identic evaluation of all team members):Here is rated how much convincing the decision was explained for the chosen energy concept and against other possible concepts due to the technological, financial and socio-cultural conditions and how comprehensible the implementation of the final concept was described.

Teaching and learning methods

Students are expected to achieve the learning outcomes by means of a project internship. Interdisciplinary teams of students, consisting of students from various faculties, develop a concept for a renewable energy system for a particular location in a developing country in defined milestones. Each team is advised by a scientific assistent, who is their team leader. This advisor is managing the technical expertise of the team members with her or his project experience during the weekly milestone meetings.Finally, each team presents its energy concept in a final presentation and in a project report.As a closing event there is offered a two-day excursion to an alpine mountain hut in Tyrol. Here both the the pros and cons of the concepts developed by the students are discussed to give the students the opportunity to reflect on their own work and that of their fellow students. Also the island energy system of the alpine hut, consisting of PV, biomass and battery storage, is shown in order to experience a realization of such a low-budget energy system.


Practical presentation of components using PowerPoint slides and scripts for the subsequent experiments (practical events)- PowerPoint slides to define the milestones(milestone meetings)- Final presentation using PowerPoint- Project report using Word or Latex

Reading List

- Engineers without Borders UK in 2014

- Engineering in Development

- Scripts for each practical event

- Other thematic literature on the recommendation of the speakers of the lecture series