Seminar on Energy Systems and Energy Economy

Module number: EI8040

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: winter and summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Ulrich Wagner

Amount of work

Class attendance: 60

Private study: 90

Total: 150

Course work and exam formalities

The examination consists of presentation of the gathered contents and results in a 10 minute talk with subsequent discussion (30%), preparation of a written report that contains the content and results of the work (40%), regular discussion with the assigned tutor (research assistant) about the progression of the project and the next steps to take (30%). By the delivery of the presentation the abilitiy is tested to understand a technical/scientific subject, to analyse and evaluate facts and factors of influence, to summarize the subject and present it to an audience, and to stand a discussion abouth the presented subject. By the written summaries the ability is tested to summarise the major facts and the conclusion of a presentation in clear and concies manner, both in a short abstract (150 words) a s well as in a one page executive summary. By the regular discussion the ability to develop an idea from initial thought to complete picture within a given timeframe and by delivering milestones.


Various ongoing projects at the institue, e.g. design of energetic systems (e.g. block heating stations) for the energy supply of buildings using simulation software. Guidance on how to present results including the report and final talk.

Learning outcome

At the end of the module, students are able to

approach talks independently in a present topic area in energy conversion technology in a scientific manner and to prepare written reports,

run simulations independently and to analyse and evaluate the simulation results,

present their acquired knowledge to an expert audience


Basic knowledge in word processing (e.g. MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

The module Energy Systems and Energy Economy should have been passed before.


Students work at provided computers equipped with the respective simulaltion software. Computer-aided presenation of the participants' talks.

Teaching and learning methods

Each participant works on an individual task, mostly independently on their own. Each participant is also assigned a tutor who helps the student especially at the beginning of the projects by introducing the topic and simulation software. In addition, the tutor provides the student with useful hints about the technical work as well as about the preparation of the report and the talk.