Seminar on Thermal Energy Systems

Module Number: MW1813

Duration: 1 Semester

Recurrence: winter and summer semester

Language: English

Number of ECTS: 5


Professor in charge: Hartmut Spliethoff

Course work and exam formalities

- Presentation of the gathered contents and results in a 20-min. talk with subsequent discussion (25%).

- Preparation of a written report that contains the content and results of the work (50%).

- Regular discussion with the assigned tutor (research assistant) about the progression of the project and the next steps to take (25%).

By the delivery of the "Presentation" the ability 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 about 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 concise manner, both in a short abstract (150 words) as well as in a 1-page executive summary.

By the regular discussions the ability to develop an idea from initial thoughts to complete picture within a given timeframe and by delivering milestones.


Various ongoing projects at the institute, e.g., developments, lab-work, design of energetic systems, simulations, economic evaluation (e.g. power plants, biomass fired concepts, geothermal concepts...) for the energy supply.

Guidance on how to present results including the report and final talk.


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


Students work at provided computers equipped with the respective simulation software. Computer-aided presentation of the participants' talk.

Teaching and studying 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 project 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.