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Conversion Technolgies of Renewable Energies

Environmental concerns, escalating and highly volatile fossil fuel prices and an ever-rising energy demand pushed the power sector towards an energy transition: from conventional fossil fuel based power generation towards low-emission renewable energy generation. Especially wind and solar power have recently experienced a significant boost in globally installed capacity. This module is aiming to introduce the students to the full range of renewable energy conversion technologies.

The generation, conversion and utilization of renewable energies form the focus of this module. The direct and indirect utilization of solar energy including photovoltaic panels, concentrating power plants and wind power plants is presented in its fundamental principle and technical resource assessment. The diverse exploitation possibilities of biomass and waste as an energy carrier with biochemical and thermochemical conversion technologies also content of the course, as well as hydropower plants and geothermal heat.

Students will have the possibility of deepening their knowledge in practical laboratory experiments regarding fuel characterization and fluidized bed conversion. Students should subsequently be able to understand, evaluate and design conversion systems of various renewable energies sources.

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Frank Behrendt, Institute for Energy Engineering, Technical University of Berlin


Prof. Behrendt is an expert in the field of biomass combustion. He received his Ph.D. degree at Heidelberg University, continued his academic career at Chalmers University of Technology at Gothenborg, Sweden and the Combustion Research Facility of Sandia National Laboratories, California, USA. He conducted his Habilitation at Stuttgart University. Apart from teaching at TUBCG, Prof. Behrendt is Professor for Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies at TU Berlin as well as CEO at the TU-Campus EUREF. In 2007 Prof. Behrendt took the responsibility for coordination of the entire energy-related research at TU Berlin, as a speaker of the Innovation Centre Energy. Moreover, he is the representative of the International Energy Agency (IEA) implementation agreement titled “Emissions Reduction in Combustion“.

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