Germany, Berlin

1950 – 2050: A Century of Energy REvolution

when 24 July 2017 - 17 August 2017
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 1850

1950 – 2050: A Century of Energy REvolution: Understanding the Transition of Energy Systems

-Optional German language course (July 11th to 22nd)
-Optional Managing innovations and creating innovative business models course (July 11th to 22nd)

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. Roman Mendelevitch
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 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) for the academic course. 7 ECTS if booked along with the optional Start German: Language Course. 8 ECTS if booked along with the optional Managing Innovations and Creating Innovative Business Models course or the DesignBuild - Community Spaces with Refugees course.

Fee info

EUR 1850: The fee includes: the Summer School academic program, transportation ticket and some extracurricular activities. Optional German language course not included (560 Euros). Optional Managing Innovations and Creating Innovative Business Models Course (920 Euros). Optional DesignBuild – Community Spaces with Refugees Course (920 Euros)


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