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Energy Engineering

Modern energy systems need to be on the one hand energy efficient and on the other hand cost efficient without compromising environmental restrictions. A competent energy engineer must be able to design and optimize an energy system accordingly, the module energy engineering aims to provide the students with necessary understanding and skills set to do so.

The module Energy Engineering is dissected into fundamentals and advanced energy engineering. Both modules have a capacity of six credit points, the modules take place in the first and second semester. The Module Project Energy Systems continues the content taught in Energy Engineering I and II in a term project in third semester.  Students familiarize themselves with modern methods of analysis and evaluation of thermal systems and principles from the operation and design of the most commonly used energy conversion devices. 

Thereby, students learn to:

  • be able to optimize energy supply systems by ensuring a good compromise among efficiency, cost of product(s) and environmental impact,
  • be able to identify the inefficiencies of energy conversion systems and develop options for improvements,
  • process creativity to optimize energy-conversion  systems,
  • have skills in preparing data and information for the design of such systems.

Substance to the module covers diverse energy resources, discussing availability, supply, and prices of energy carriers. Thermodynamic and economic analysis of energy systems, starting with thermodynamic principles aiming to acquire skills in exergy based system evaluation and optimization (incl. Exergoeconomic and exergo-environmental analysis). After completion of the module energy engineering, students should have a wide knowledge about modern methods of analysis and evaluation of thermal systems and principles from the operation and design of the most commonly used energy conversion devices as well as skills in engineering economics. Moreover, students should be able to optimize an energy supply system by ensuring a good compromise among efficiency, cost of products and environmental impact. After learning exergy based analysis, students possess the ability to identify the sources of inefficiencies and costs in energy conversion systems, to develop options for improvements and to own the creativity to optimize energy-conversion systems and skills in preparing data.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Prof. e.h. Dr. h.c. George Tsatsaronis, Institute for Energy Engineering, Technical University of Berlin

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After completion of his Diploma in mechanical engineering at NTU Athens, Greece, Prof. George Tsatsaronis received both MBA, a Ph.D. in combustion, and a Doctor Habilitatus Degree in Thermoeconomics, at RWTH Aachen, Germany. Counting above forty years of experience and related scholastic background Prof. Tsatsaronis is an expert in the fields of exergy-based methods, combustion technology as well as the development, design, simulation and analysis of energy-conversion processes and the optimization of design and operation of energy systems. His contribution to the fundamentals of exergoeconomics is signicant. Apart from publishing over 250 papers and co-editing 20 bound volumes, Prof. Tsatsaronis co-authored the book “Thermal Design and Optimization”, which is base to the modules “Energy Engineering I and II” and “Project Energy Systems”.

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