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Electricity Cost from Renewable Energy Technologies in Egypt - Expert Workshop, DWZ Cairo, 5th of December 2016

Monday, 05. December 2016


Campus El Gouna Energy Engineering Department Staff and Alumni took part in the Expert Workshop on “Electricity Cost from Renewable Energy Technologies in Egypt” organized by the German Science Center (DWZ) Cairo and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, presenting the same-named report. Multiple key players, regulators, providers, banks, and research were present, discussing the recent development in the Renewable Energy Sector in Egypt. The conference was opened by Dr. Roman Luckscheiter, German Science Centre, Cairo and Laura Oexle the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Mona El Tobgui, Fraunhofer Egypt. Eng. Noha Saad Hussein, Fraunhofer ISE, presented the results of the study including among others LCOEs for different RE technologies under Egyptian conditions as well as scenarios for their progression and values under the condition of the German value of WACC (weighted average costs of capital) revealing that financial parameters have a major effect on the technologies competitiveness with conventional. Prof. Dr. El-Sobki, New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA), presented the Objectives and Framework Conditions for Renewable Energies in Egypt, naming that the RE share is about 4-5% in electricity generation and that the introduction of nuclear energy generation will be shifted for about 6 years to 2022. Energy efficiency potential he estimated at 8.3% in 2022 which is equivalent to 20% of todays consumption. Moreover Prof. El-Sobki gave reason for the higher feed-in tariff for larger projects with the fact, that they are subject to 22-25% taxes. The Start-Up SolarizEgypt was a major contributor to the study, Eng. Yaseen Abdel-Ghaffar presented the Status quo of Small- and Medium-sized PV Projects in Egypt. Also Financial Challenges related to Renewable Energies in Egypt were displayed and discussed. All in all, the conference was a major success and very enriching in the eyes of the Campus El Gouna representatives.

Read more on the conference at: http://dwz-kairo.de/news/electricity-generation-egypt-fraunhofer-ise-study-shows-renewable-energy-technologies-are

The Energy Engineering Department presented their research at the ECOS 2016 International conference, June 19-23, 2016, Portorož, Slovenia

Friday, 24. June 2016


At this years ECOS 2016 International conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimisation, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (June 19-23, 2016, Portorož, Slovenia), TU Berlin Campus El Gouna staff and alumni were truly successful. Together with their collegues from the Institut für Energietechnik TU Berlin was represented by 15 accepted papers with oral presentations and 15 participants. Prof. Morozyuk, dean of the Energy Engineering department was a co-chair of ECOS 2016 and Prof. Tsatsaronis, lecturer of multiple modules at Campus El Gouna, was honorary co-chair. The serie of ECOS conferences represents an outstanding international community of experts in a domain of energy and it was a great honor to participate this actively in this years conference.

Read more on ECOS 2016: http://www.ecos2016.si/

Excursion to CHP Power Plant Reuter West 2016


The Energy Engineering iuniors paid a visit to the coal fired Combined Heat and Power Plant (CHP) Reuter West operated by Vattenfall in West Berlin. During the excursion the students were able to enter one of the two identical power plant blocks of 300 MW installed capacity each. After a presentation on the power plants characteristics and theory, students were able to see discussed theory in application in a guided tour through the entire power plant including pretreatment, boiler, turbines, process control, exhaust gas cleaning up to the power plants rooftop.

LED lighting tour through Berlin-Moabit


12 May 2016, Berlin-Moabit decided to switch its public lighting to light emitting diodes (LED) to fulfill the demanded energy savings until 2020. Mrs. Fenk, employed by the city planning department of Berlin, guided a tour along the example path way  along "Waldstraße". There, a selection of various LED lights is installed. Inhabitants where asked to vote for their favorite lighting system.

The  Senate of Berlin decided some years ago to reduce the public expenditures for energy. One measure is to retrofit the widely spread gas lanterns to LED lights. They are about 100 times more efficient than the old lights which are powered by natural gas, at the same or less costs. The return on investment period is calculated to be 2 to 5 years, including initial investments, such as the needed cabling. Wide parts of Berlin-Spandau have been switched already to LED, only some historical sides remain lighted with natural gas. The city of Berlin decided to enable the inhabitants to participate in the decision making process for the refurbishment of Berlin-Moabit lighting facilities. The city offered regular tours around the example pathway to explain advantages and disadvantages of different light sources, also in contrast to outdated gas powered lights. Inhabitant were asked to vote for their favorite lighting. However, only 150 affected people took part in the vote while a total of 10,000 inhabitants are affected.

The tour ended at "Turmstraße", where the group took a joint picture and was left to the night of Berlin.

A special thanks goes to Mrs. Sabria Fenk for her detailed explanation of the installed LED systems and the overall process of inhabitant participation.

Excursion to Hannover Messe 2016


Once again the Energy Engineering Department visited the largest industrial fair worldwide the Hannover Messe. On tuesday the 26th of April intake 2015 visited the fair only two days after Obama and Merkel. Particularly the energy halls were of great interest to the students, numerous large and small companies exhibited their most recent and innovative technology and development trends within the fields of decentralized energy generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, smart grids and mobility. Some students managed to get into contact with divers exhibitors discussing topics such as Internships and Master Thesis topics. Despite partially exploring the Hannover Messe by themselves, all students arrived back in Berlin safely but exhausted from the long and overwhelming day.

Syrian Business Engineering Energy juniors trip to RECREEE, Cairo, 1st of December 2016

Thursday, 01. December 2016


The Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE) invited our Syrian Business Energy Engineering students for a first round of presentations and interviews to participate in the Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth™(APSEY). APSEY is a regional sustainable energy internship program targeting young post-graduate students and professionals from the Arab region interested in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency. The program aims to enhance prospective degree holders’ and experts’ capacities through hands-on experience through engagement at RCREEE research and analysis in the field. The program recruits 12 interns every year over two rounds and is sponsored by the OPEC Fund for Development (OFID).

In cooperation with the TUB Campus El Gouna, RECREE dedicated one of 2017 internship rounds for selected students. Moreover, TU Berlin Campus El Gouna students and staff were hosted during their visit with the most welcoming and truly inspiring atmosphere. Numerous RECREE Energy Experts, ASPEY management staff and Alumni gathered to evaluate and encourage the students’ short presentations. Applicant presentations’ were on self-selected topics within the field of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the MENA region, discussing both technical, financial and social impact. The Energy Engineering Department of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna is more than grateful for this collaboration opportunity that enabled its students to get a deeper insight into RECREEE’s significant efforts for the regions Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency activities.


For more information on the Arab Program for Sustainable Energy Youth™ (APSEY): http://www.rcreee.org/arab-program-sustainable-energy-youth%E2%84%A2-apsey

Business Models and IT for Energy & Energy Efficiency - Perspectives for the Touristic Sector in El Gouna, El Gouna, 25th of November 2016

Thursday, 24. November 2016


The 12th Community Forum El Gouna 2030 was part of a workshop organized by AHK MENA and the TU Berlin Campus El Gouna. Multiple smart and sustainable energy solutions were matter of discussion for implementation in the touristic sector in El Gouna and the Red Sea Region.  Multiple Start Ups active in the energy sector, El Gouna Hotel responsibles, TU Berlin students and staff as well as the El Gouna community participated in the workshop and community forum. Part of the workshop was an informative tour through the El Gouna facilities and already implemented energy efficiency methods, such as a heat pump installed to heat the pools at the Mövenpick Hotel in El Gouna (picture).

Goal of the workshop was to engage participants to network e.g. energy entrepreneurs to bring innovative solutions in the field of energy supply and management with high end consumers such as hotels, residents, regulators and other actors in the touristic sector. The Area General Manager El Gouna, Robert Fellermeier, reported on previous collaboration with a number of entrepreneurs, and recommended the Start up’s a lucrative innovation that is urgently needed in the Hotel sector and has not been found a solution for yet. Moreover representatives of the Start Ups, Yostina Boules - Taqa Solutions, Ahmed Abbas - Sun City and Engy Samir - BeePower Energy presented their activities and experience in the sector. Opening words and introductory presentations were given by the German-Arab Chamber of Commerce representative May Khattab and TU Berlin Campus El Gouna representatives Prof. Schäfer, Dean of the Urban Development Department and Sarah Hamdy, Study Coordinator of the new study programs M.Sc. Business Engineering Energy and M.Sc. Information Technology for Energy. Moreover, Christoph Banhard, Research Associate at the Energy Engineering Department displayed his research activities in the field of Energy for Buildings exposing his own apartment as a research lab.

The Energy Engineering Department welcomes Intake 2016

Sunday, 02. October 2016


The Energy Engineering Department of the TUB Campus El Gouna started of Energy Engineering I and Refrigeration lectures with Prof. Morozyuk and Prof. Tsatsaronis and 42 highly motivated junior students.  The study program M.Sc. Energy Engineering has reached full capacity. Moreover two new Master programs M.Sc. Business Engineering Energy and M.Sc. Information Technology for Energy have finally started. Firstly counting students from Paraguay, Syria, Bangladesh and Brazil to their country of origine in addition to a total of 19 different cultures on campus, the intercultural comunication class has gotten a very new taste to it.

New Master's Degree Programs in Cooperation with DAAD


TU Berlin is currently in the process of initiating two new Master’s programs at Campus El Gouna in Business Engineering and IT for Energy. The project is financially supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The two new programs finally launched in October 2016, subject to official approval from German and Egyptian authorities. The application period for the second intake in October 2017 is currently running.

For inquiries contact us for Business Engineering or for IT for Energy.

Visiting the German Museum of Technology

Students at German Museum of Technology

22th July 2015 - The students of the Energy Engineering Department visited the Deutsche Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) in Berlin.

The Technikmuseum, located across from Potsdamer Platz, is significantly marked with a C-47 airplane on the new main building. It is one of the so called "Raisin Bombers" which were the only connection between western Berlin and West-Germany for around one year (June 1948 to May 1949).

Inside, the museum offers around 20'000 m² of exhibition area starting in the entrance building with the first mechanical computer Z1 by Konrad Zuse, built in 1936 in Berlin. The Z1 was running with a speed of 1Hz (1 cycle per second). His son Horst Zuse was professor at TU Berlin until he retired in 2010.

In the new building, a large collection of aircrafts, beginning with Otto Lillienthal as the first flying human, and a collection of ships, and models from all over the world to show how technology changed the nature of transportation as well as whole society. In the building of the old ice factory the group was walking up the old horse staircase to the stables in the second floor and learned how paper was produced in former times. There are so much more things in the museum that a couple of hours is much too less to see all the whole exhibition, like a dedicated part to film and photo technology, a historical brewery, or an automotive collection.

The tour ended visiting the outside museum park, where the group took a rest under an old wooden post mill and listened to the sounds of a water driven forge. Many thanks to Mr. Werner for the guided tour and all the interesting facts he told to the group.

Excursion to 2MWp PV Power Plant Berlin-Mariendorf

Excursion to PV Plant Berlin-Mariendorf

27 May 2015 - The students of the Energy Engineering Department visisted Berlin's biggest free-field photovoltaic power plant in Berlin-Mariendorf. The power plant is located on the site of an old gas plant that was built in 1900. It was producing gas out of coal and was providing it to Berlin for nearly a century.

In 1996, the gas plant was shut down and a part of the area was designated to become a photovoltaic power plant. In 2009, ten so-called movers with a total capacity of around 200kWp were installed as a pilot project. Such a system follows the sun by an underlaying algorithm. In comparison to a system with a fixed tilt and orientation, a mover is always directed perfectly to the sun and is therefore generating a higher energy output but needs auxiliary energy.

Later, the photovoltaic power plant was expanded by a fixed system with a defined orientation to the south and a tilt of around 30°. With this extension it became Berlins biggest free-field photovoltaic power plant inside the city borders. The installed capacity of about 2MWp can serve up to 2,000 households. This feed-in saves 1150t of CO2 emissions, an amount that would require 140,00 trees to bind.

Through the discussion with the experts of GASAG and the tour to the inverter building and the grid connection station, the students got a deep insight into the technology of a photovoltaic power plant and how the feed-in and the remote control of a power plant by the utility is regulated in Germany.

We want to thank GASAG for the opportunity of this excursion and especially Mr. Hoffmann and Mr. Meltzer for the guided tour on site.


Excursion to Hannover Messe

Energy Engineering students at Hannover Messe
Energy Engineering Students at Hannover Messe

On 16 April 2015 the energy engineering students of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna visited the industrial fair in Hannover, Germany.

Students of the intake 2013 and 2015 had the possibility to join a delegation of TU Berlin employees on their trip to Hannover. There, a guide of Tec2You welcomed them and took them on a tour around the exhibition to give a detailed insight and focus the interest on study related topics. Afterwards, the students explored the fair by themselves to get in contact with companies and take a look at recent industrial developments.

1st Symposium on Electrocatalysis and Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage was a success

Student group in front of campus El Gouna

With the establishment of the El Gouna satellite campus TU Berlin took a great step in providing opportunities for knowledge transfer on an international basis. To support this approach the first Symposium on Electrocatalysis and Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage was held in El Gouna.

For three days speakers from the Fritz-Haber-Institute and TU Berlin as well as the University of Alicante in Spain presented a variety of important topics ranging from an introduction to battery technology over fuel cells and electrolyzers to biomaterials for energy conversion and storage. Attendees from Germany and Egypt were given the possibility to take a look behind the scenes of TUB El Gouna in an extended Lab/Campus tour and social events after the lectures allowed for networking and learning about Egypt’s rich culture. The symposium was a success for all participants and provided insight and ground for many fruitful discussions during and after the meeting.

Symposium on Electrocatalysis and Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

Audimax Campus El Gouna

February 2015, El Gouna - The upcoming symposium about electrocatalysis and materials for energy conversion and storage is organized by the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering in cooperation with the Campus El Gouna, Department of Energy Engineering. During the days from 1 to 4 February 2015, different technologies, ranging from fuel cells over sea water electrolysis to batteries are discussed.

The symposium connects students and people working and studying in this field from Germany and Egypt. It will offer extended time for sientific discussions and critical debates.


Delegates at SEIDC, Cairo

Thursday, 04. December 2014

SEIDC conference
SEIDC conference at "Egytec", Cairo

04 - 07 December 2014, Cairo - A delegation of TU Berlin Campus El Gouna participated in the 24th power energy & security forum for Egypt, and the Middle East and North Africa at the Cairo International Convention Center. Part of the Forum was the Solar Energy Investment and Development Conference (SEIDC) with presentations by the international renowned Prof. Dr. Eike Weber, the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Germany and a representative of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Shaker the Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy. After that two panel discussions with representatives of industry and public service debated the issues of private investment, project financing, and technical challenges. Furthermore, they gave a deeper insights to the renewable energy market and the new feed-in tariffs which are now effective.
On 7 December two workshops were held. The first workshop was presented by First Solar, one of the biggest manufacturer of solar panels and system vendor. The workshop was mainly addressed to financial investors but also showed the complexity of grid integration of solar power plants. The second workshop and most worthwhile part of the exhibition was given by Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE. Beside a talk about quality standards and finance they opened new perspectives to some technical issues like maximum yield and long term experience.

Conference and Workshop were framed by the Egytec, a mixture of exhibitions covering a large field of electric engineering, same solar technology as well as some security and firefighting issues.

The complete program can be found here.

Excursion to the power plant Reuter-West


Located north west of Berlin (Siemensstadt), the coal fired HKW Reuter West was commissioned in 1987 to provide energy to the former West-Berlin. It is still the biggest power plant in Berlin with a capacity of 600 MW electrical power and it supplies more than 500.000 households. Due to the implementation of the CHP technology (combined heat and power), the heat in the exhaust can also be fed into the local district heat network.

We had a warm welcome by a Vattenfall representative who first introduced us to the safety precautions. Afterwards, we got a guided tour through the whole power plant. The two main steam turbines with each 300 MW generator capacity were very impressive for all of us. Our tour guide gave special attention to the processes how the pollutants in the flue gas are reduced. One treatment applied is the selective catalytic reduction technology for the removal of NOx from the flue gas of the boilers. The last stop was the control center where all the processes and systems of the power plant are controlled and supervised and the ower production is adjusted to the load. At the end of the tour, we could visit the rooftop of the boiler house where we got a nice view over Berlin.

Excursion to Hannover Messe 2014


On Tuesday, April, 8th, the whole class of Energy Engineering travelled to the Hannover Messe 2014. The colleagues from Tec2You organized a guided tour like last year, which brought us into contact with several exhibitors. In the afternoon, the student had some time to explore the Hannover Messe by themselves. Especially the energy halls were very interesting with its numerous exhibits in the field of renewable energies. We all had a great day on the Hannover Messe and we agreed to continue this excursion with our EE class next year. 

30th January: Guest Lecture: Less is More … Learning from Aqaba Residence Energy Efficiency


12th December - Guest Lecture: Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling

Guest Lecture: Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling


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