Renewable Energy Systems in Developing Countries

Module Number: WI001255

Duration: 1 Semester

Reccurence: Winter Semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 6

Staff

Professor in charge: Prof. Dr. Frank-Martin Belz

Amount of work

Contact hours: 45

Self-study hours: 136

Total: 180

Description of Achievement and Assessment Methods

Written exam of 60 minutes:
- In multiple-choice questions and short questions, it is examined if the students are able to name and explain facts regarding renewable energy technologies, decentralized energy systems and their utilization and operation in the Global South correctly.
- In computational tasks, it is examined if the students are able to classify relevant location parameters correctly and perform calculations on renewable energy technologies correctly in order to design decentralized energy systems in the Global South according to the framework conditions of a certain location.
- In text tasks, it is examined if the students are able to classify and evaluate technological, economic and social factors influencing renewable energy technologies, decentralized energy systems and their utilization and operation in the Global South correctly.
- The exam is graded.
- Up to 20% of the exam can be multiple-choice questions.

Content

Overview of renewable energy technologies including their functionality, their technological and economical assessment, their integration in decentralized energy systems as well as business concepts for their utilization in the Global South:
- Renewable energy systems in the Global South - Why and how?
- Small-scale solar thermals and photovoltaics
- Small-scale hydro-power
- Small-scale wind-power
- Small-scale biogas systems
- Battery storages
- Electrical components of mini-grids
- Rural electrification planning through Geo Information Systems
- System sizing through least-cost modelling
- Sustainable energies and entrepreneurship in the Global South
- Sustainable enterprises for Renewable Energies in the Global South
- Rural electrification projects in the Global South

Study Goals

After successfully completing the module, students are able to
- Name and explain facts regarding renewable energy technologies, decentralized energy systems and their utilization and operation in the Global South.
- Perform calculations regarding renewable energy technologies in order to be able to design decentralized energy systems in the Global South.
- Classify and evaluate technological, economic and social factors influencing renewable energy technologies, decentralized energy systems and their utilization and operation in the Global South.
- Develop concepts for decentralized energy systems in the Global South based on the technological, economic and social framework conditions of a certain location.

Prerequisites (recommended)

Bachelor degree in an engineering study program or a study program, which included technological/engineering aspects (such as B.Sc. Management & Technology)
- Interest in various renewable energy technologies, decentralized energy systems and their utilization and operation in the Global South
- Interest in the socio-economic factors influencing the utilization of renewable energies in the Global South

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and presentations by various speakers. In exercises the taught knowledge of the lectures will be applied to examplary topics. For each lecture these are first processed by the students in home work and then they are discussed during the exercise lesson. Most of them will be calculating tasks about the technical components, but there are also some application examples about possibilities of financing or valuation methods of socio-cultural impacts . The exercises are not graded.

Media

The following media types are used:
- Computer-aided presentations for the lectures
- Exercises
- Discussion of provided literature

Literature

Presentation slides of the speakers
- Solutions of exercise lessons
- Other literature recommended by the speakers