Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies

Sustainable energy supply in on- and off-grid systems

Course Overview

Sustainable energy supply in on- and off-grid systems is a 6 LP module including lectures, exercises, group work, homeworks and an exam. It consists of asynchronous videos, synchronous digital lectures, in-person exercises and group work. The module is offered every winter and summer term.

All lecture slides are given in English. Literature is given in English and German. The module will be taught in English. All students need to bring their own laptops for the modeling and simulation exercises. Experience in the programming language Python or at least high motivation for self-organized learning is required (Python basics will not be taught in this module).

The module is held in cooperation with Philipp Blechinger from the Reiner Lemoine Institute.

For any questions please contact Fabian Schmid.


Course Content

The module is split into two integrated lectures, one focusing on on-grid and one on off-grid energy supply.


  1. Energy Transition
  2. Overview of renewable potential and technology options
  3. Energy system flexibility
  4. Economics and markets of renewable energies
  5. Modeling, simulation, and optimization of renewable energy systems
  6. Open Energy Modelling Framework (oemof)
  7. System perspective on 100% renewable energy


1. Fundamentals of Energy Access and SDG7

  • 1.1. Introduction to SDG7 and impacts of energy access. Global figures on energy access
  • 1.2. Group work on measuring energy access

2. Electrification options (Grid extension, Mini-Grids, SHS)

  • 2.1. Description of technologies and typical characteristics

3. Demand and Ressource Assessment

  • 3.1. Demand Modelling
  • 3.2. Ressource Assessment
  • 3.3. Geospatial Information Systems

4. Mini-grids and island systems)

  •  4.1. Technical background
  •  4.2. Simplified modelling of mini-grid
  •  4.3 Multi-Criteria-Analysis


Summer Semester2023

The first meeting is on Tuesday, 18.04.2023 at 10:15 in HFT=TA 101. A selection process will be used if too many students are interested.

Lectures are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 - 12:00 in VLB 4.10 or online.

The off-grid lecture is a block seminar.


The complete schedule can be found on Moses.

The ISIS course can be found here.


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