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Components of Energy Conversion Systems

So as for any energy system to run properly, each of the numerous interrelated components needs to function correctly. In order to supervise the design, installment and operation of a complex energy system, energy engineers need to be familiar with each components behavior and limitation, as even a malfunctioning water pump in the cooling system can cause system failure. 

This module focuses in detail on the most important components of all kinds of energy conversion systems. These include pumps, compressors, turbines and heat rejection devices (cooling towers) as well as internal combustion engines, Stirling engines, Organic Rankine Cycles and Fuel Cells. The theoretical knowledge will be demonstrated on a practical basis in the technical hall with the various test rigs for the respective machines. In addition to this, fundamental measuring techniques for parameters, such as temperatures and pressures, are also presented on an experimental basis, along with the uncertainty, which is of the utmost importance for scientific work. With the calculation of state variables, the machines can be balanced by the students using the measured data. 

The students shall know the basic physical phenomena which are used for mechanical energy conversion systems and they shall know associated methods of design, evaluation, and improvement of technical solutions. The students will be able to design and optimize components of the energy systems with regard to economic and ecologic aspects.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Felix Ziegler, Institute for Energy Engineering, Technische Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Ziegler
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Prof. Felix Ziegler is the Dean of the Faculty for Process Science of TU Berlin. Apart from his resposibilty for the faculties undergraduate program and the graduate program “Renewable Energy Systems“,. He studied mechanical engineering in Technische Universität München, and received his Diploma in 1981.  In TU München Prof. Ziegler also completed his Ph.D. in 1991 and a Doctor Habilitatus Degree in 1998. His research field is Evaporation, Absorption and Desorption; Absorption Chillers, Heat and Mass Transfer; Heat Pumps and Transformers; Sorption Power and Storage Cycles; Closed and Open Sorption Cooling Systems; Steam Jet Processes; Energy Systems Engineering.

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