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Energy and Development Project



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Seit SS 2017

Fakultät III

TA 8

Institut für Energietechnik

33371400 FG Energiesysteme

Erdmann, Georg

Ansari, Dawud Paul-Norbert

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Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, students will be able to apply their knowledge for solving complex problems. They will be able to include interdependencies between different dimensions of a planning process in their work, such as technical design, economics, society, and the environment. Within their own field of study, the students will have gained an insight into up-to-date research relevant for the project. On a social level, they will have learned about their responsibility as engineers, researchers, or project planers towards people who are depending on their results. Furthermore, they will have gained experience in working within a project team. The course is principally designed to impart Technical skills 25%, Methodological skills 20%, System skills 25%, Social skills 30%


The project deals with the planning and implementation of solutions for specific non-electrified regions in least developed countries (LDCs). In an introductory lecture part, students become equipped with necessary basics in - development studies (energy poverty, growth theory, energy access) - small-scale energy systems (basic physics and energy engineering, introduction to mechanical / thermal / electrical systems for pumping, cooking, and electricity generation, load profile curves, off-grids, basics of lighting) - decision-making (reliability evaluation, climate and weather statistics, investment decisions, basic microeconomics, analysis under risk-neutrality and risk-aversion, cost-benefit analysis, (non-)cooperative game theory). - research aids (databases, scientific search engines, reliability of online materials, statistical regression) to gain an overview of the topic and to be able to work within an interdisciplinary team. Subsequently, the students take part in the planning of a (off-grid) solution for a specified case, i.e. a non-electrified region or village in an LDC. According to their academic backgrounds and interests, they self-select into different subgroups to research on questions assigned by the group or to engage in technical design. Possible tasks include the design of electricity generation and the grid, pumping, or cooking as well as the development of financing options and the evaluation of social consequences. In cooperation with the local population, the student groups tries to implement their results.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Projektwerkstatt "Energy and Development" IV WS/SS English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Projektwerkstatt "Energy and Development" (IV):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Exam preparation 1.0 25.0h 25.0h
Individual research 10.0 4.0h 40.0h
Lectures 5.0 4.0h 20.0h
Project meetings 10.0 4.0h 40.0h
Report preparation 1.0 25.0h 25.0h
Sub-group meetings 10.0 3.0h 30.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

(Guest-) lectures, group meetings, discussions, self-study, and individual research. The course is completely offered in English. In case of language barriers, individual derivations from that may be possible.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Bachelors degree in energy engineering, electrical engineering, economics, earth sciences, development studies, or similar fields of study.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

No information

Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
1. Mid-term test 50 written 80
2. Final report 50 written No information

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

Grading is based on a "Portfolioprüfung". A maximum of 100 points can be achieved from - a written mid-term test, covering the content of the introductory lectures (50 points) - a written final report, documenting the own project work (50 points)

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:
Winter- und Sommersemester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 25.

Registration Procedures

Please pre-register via email: registration(at)

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable

Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  available
Additional information:
Link will be announced during the first session


Recommended literature
IEA (2010). Energy Poverty – How to make modern energy access universal?
IEA (2011). Energy for all – Financing access for the poor
IPCC (2012) – Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation.
The World Bank: I. E. G. (2008) The Welfare Impact of Rural Electrification: A Reassessment of the Costs and Benefits.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is not used in any degree program.

Available as an elective course (Freie Wahl) for all programs of study or according to the student's specific study and examination regulations.


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