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Integration of Renewable Energies

Dominated by environmental concerns, as in local pollution and global warming, limited economic fossil fuel resources, escalation of fossil fuel prices accompanied by price volatility and rapid increase in energy demand the power sector decided for a shift towards higher penetration of renewable energy production. Yet the drastic modification from conventional on-demand power generation based on fossil fuel to non-dispatchable strongly intermittent renewable energy generation renewable energy generation introduces a large range of considerable challenges and is only successful under careful consideration of technical feasibility, policy framework, environmental and social impact. 

The module Integration of Renewable Energies teaches the most important systemic, ecologic and economic connections for the effective integration of renewable energies in electrical grids, supply systems and markets under the constraints of sustainability with respect to the different solutions. Furthermore, the students will be able to assess the information concerning energy potentials, demand scenarios, systems solutions and market strategies using scientific methods with regard to economic decisions.

The description of obstacles enables the students to create the conditions for a possible transition of the electricity industries to sustainable concepts and allows the assessment of respective actions. The lecture introduces different analytical methods and instruments which help to understand the complex interdependencies. The focus lays not on detailed technical design and engineering but on strategic assessment and implementation of learned context.

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

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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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