Germany, Berlin

An Energy Revolution

when 22 July 2019 - 16 August 2019
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 1950

An Energy Revolution: Understanding the Transition of Energy Systems

Course Components

The course will include the following components:

- Interactive classroom-based lectures and discussions

- Group work projects and presentations

- Quantitative modeling sessions in computer lab using GAMS (General Algebraic Modeling System)

- Guest lectures e.g. from academia, NGOs, think tanks and politics

- Excursions to conventional (including coal mining) and renewable energy sites

Short Description

There is no dispute that an average global temperature rise of more than 2°C above the pre-industrial levels would lead to severe environmental and economic costs for society. A major challenge in tackling global warming is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the electricity sector.

The “Energiewende” in Germany proves that a decarbonization of the electricity sector in combination with a shutdown of all nuclear capacities is (technically) manageable and economically viable. As a result, learning effects and reduced investment costs enable a market-driven worldwide roll-out of new technologies. In 2014, already 144 countries set renewable targets. The resulting new global renewable generation installations in 2014 consequently outnumbered the combined new fossil and nuclear capacities.

This course provides a general understanding of the economic, engineering, and political aspects of energy transitions. Additional insight is gained by guest lectures from practitioners and field excursions to conventional and renewable energy sites.

Course leader

Dipl.-Ing. Pao-Yu Oei
Dipl.-Ing. Jens Weibezahn
and guest speakers
(academic supervision: Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen)

Target group

Students interested in the technical and economical aspects of energy and resources

Course aim

Learning Goal/Output

- Understanding energy transitions towards decarbonization on a local and global scale
- Understanding of political decision-making processes
- Quantitative methods for assessment of policy decisions
- Working in a transdisciplinary environment

Credits info

5 EC
5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course.

Fee info

EUR 1950: The course fee covers our cultural programme, which features visits to museums (entry tickets covered), guided walking tours of Berlin, a sightseeing boat tour, a visit to the German Parliament (Bundestag), and a trip to the city of Potsdam. Day trips to Dresden or Leipzig will be subject to additional costs and will not be covered by the course fee.