Renewable Energy Technology I + II

Module number: MW1354, Renewable Energy Technology I + II

Duration: 2 Semester

Recurrence: winter and summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 6


Professor in charge: Hartmut Spliethoff

Amount of work

Class attendance: 60

Private study: 120

Total: 180

Course work and exam formalities

The exam consists of a number of short questions on certain aspects of the topics presented as well as some calculations. There is a module examination component of 60 minutes after every semester. The final grade composeses only of the two modules examination components. Both parts are weighted equally. Allowed auxiliaries are writing and drawing untensils as well as non programmable calculator.


Building on the historical development of energy sources, this course offers an insight intow renewable energy sources, and the existing technologies to use them. It also looks to present the political framework of renewable energy technology, as well as societal and ecological aspects from a global point of view. The course is recommended for students not majoring in the field, who are interested in gaining an overview of renewable energy systems.The course Renewable Energy Technology (taught in English) is split into two modules 3 ECTS each (one per semester), beginning with "RET I" in the winter semester. The attached module "RET II" will be offered in the summer semester.

The course is supported by various institutions  of the TUM: The Institute for Energy Systesm, the Institute for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems, the Institute for Wind Energy as well as the "Laboratory of Steam Boilers and Thermal Plants" from the National Technical University of Athens.

The module "RET I" covers the following topics:

- Fundamentals (historical overview, power plant fundamentals, climate, energy consumptions and forecasts, energy econimics, electricity contork, fossil and nuclear energy)

- Energy from Biomass (properties of biomass, biomass potential, fuel properties, heat prodcution, power production by means of combustion, power production by means of gasification, biogas production by means of anaerobic fermenation)

- Geothermal Energy (potential, exploitation, direct utilization, central heating, district heating, deep geothermal systems, power generation, combined heat and power, economic aspects, risks)

- Wind Energy (basic facts, introduction to wind turbine aerodynamics, the wind resource, wind turbine types, configurations, components)

In the module "RET II" the following topics are covered:

- Hydropower (hydrodynamics of water power, pumped storage power plants, examples of power plants and turbines, ocean current turbines)

- Solar Thermal Energy (basics, collectors and concentrators, thermodynamic cycles, heat transfer fluids)

- Photovoltaics (solar radiation, introduction to solar cells, technology of solar cells, applicaiton of solar cells).

Learning outcome

After the participation in the module the students are able to understand the basics of the most relevant renewable energy technologies.


Basic thermodynamics and hydrodynamics.


Powerpoint presentation