Specialisation 18: Renewable Energies

Efficient and environmentally friendly generation, transmission and storage of electrical energy is the basic prerequisite for an economically efficient and long-term viable civilization. The generation of electrical energy from regenerative, i.e. according to human judgement inexhaustible sources, is therefore an important concern of our society. The research and development work in the field of the use of wind energy, solar energy but also hydrogen technology through fuel cells has meanwhile developed into a worldwide market with annual growth rates of 10 - 15 %. German companies occupy a leading position in the world in the use of wind and solar energy and in the development of fuel cell technology for the large-scale generation of electrical energy. However, the context of regenerative energies does not only include the technology for generating electrical energy. Equally important is the effective storage, transmission and use of electrical energy. Here, new types of batteries, improved power semiconductors and powerful energy transmission and information systems are creating new possibilities for regulating power flows within energy networks. These technologies are also increasingly being used in the mobile sector. The development of low-emission electric and hybrid vehicles requires highly efficient, high-performance electrical energy converters and storage systems.

Development in the field of regenerative energies is driven by highly qualified and dedicated engineers and scientists from all areas of electrical engineering and related sciences. The work on these future-oriented technologies takes place in an international environment and requires the willingness to leave old paths in order to find new solutions for future energy supply and use. The tasks cover a wide range of activities. It ranges from basic research, e.g. in the field of solar cells, lithium batteries and fuel cells, to the conception of large plants with these new technologies, the development and project planning of assemblies and plants of already proven technologies for large-scale generation of electrical energy, to the development of new solutions for making electrical energy networks more flexible by means of modern power semiconductors and intelligent operation management principles.

Engineers who want to work successfully in the field of regenerative energies need a broad basic education, as is already taught in the bachelor's programme. The necessary expert knowledge is then covered in the fixed specialisation subjects of the "Regenerative Energies" specialisation. The lectures cover all important topics from the actual generation of electrical energy and the technologies required for this (solar energy, batteries and fuel cells, batteries and fuel cell systems) to the coupling of energy generation plants to electrical grids by means of power converters (power electronics, high-performance power converters) and energy transmission in grids (generation of electrical energy, energy transmission and grid control). The compulsory part of the specialisation is rounded off by a practical course which links the knowledge gained in lectures and exercises with practical experience.

When choosing your specialisation subjects, you can decide for yourself whether you want to further deepen your knowledge or familiarise yourself with various new topics. The choice of other specialisation subjects is possible at any time in consultation with your specialisation advisor. Basic knowledge in the areas of management and business administration rounds off your profile and ensures you an optimal start in today's industrial environment.

A compilation of the fixed specialisation subjects as well as recommendations for the selectable model subjects can be found in the brochure.