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PPRE Newsletter 2016 - Issue 34

PPRE-News - April 2017 / Vol. 36

Dear Reader,

after about 30 years the Postgraduate Programme "Renewable Energy" (PPRE) at Oldenburg University is facing its second thorough structural change: from October 2017 on, the programme will be expanded to four complete semesters. Despite upgrading to PPRE 4.0, the number of applications received are still increasing drastically (>800). Along with PPRE, RE related research activities at University of Oldenburg are changing as well. Among others the national DLR Institution will open a branch in Oldenburg soon. We are going to inform you about the new developments. Please also enjoy other news and reports from Oldenburg, our international partners and most importantly from our students and alumni. We are looking forward to receive reports and papers about your projects and experience gained for our next newsletter latest by mid September 2017.

Stay tuned and REgards from Oldenburg
Your PPRE Team

News from Oldenburg


New PPRE 2016/18 and EUREC 2016/17 Master Students

October 2016

Ars-Legendi Award Ceremony 2016

Dr. Robin Knecht (PPRE)

As previously reported in the PPRE newsletter Vol. 35 the PPRE programme was awarded the renowned Ars Legendi Prize by the Hochschulrektorenkonferenz and the Stifterverband. The award ceremony took place on November 2nd 2016 and a full bus of PPRE staff members, teachers, students, alumni and friends travelled to Düsseldorf to attend the festivities.

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PPRE goes Four Semesters

Michael Golba(PPRE)

Following the 2004 change from two to three semesters with the simultaneous start of the EUREC Master at Oldenburg University, this winter term will see the most significant reorganisation of PPRE structure and curriculum ever since.

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Next Energy Institute goes DLR

The Budget Committee of the German Federal Government has approved 42 million Euro in funding to establish six new institutes within The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR). One of those centers is the NEXT ENERGY institute Oldenburg. Their topics include system integration and energy management for urban systems.

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Launch of the High Performance Computing Cluster »Eddy«

ForWind – Center for Wind Energy Research now has a new powerful High-Performance-Computing (HPC) Cluster available to investigate wind flows at rotor blades, single wind turbines and entire wind farms.

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Students Visit EWE Zentrum Zukunft

Dr. Hans Holtorf (PPRE)

In December fifty PPRE/EUREC students were invited to Zentrum Zukunft of EWE in Emstek, 35km south of Oldenburg. They visited guided tours on future energy supply on home level and on modern living and played the serious game Ensight (Energy Insight Through Serious Games).

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RE Career Days 2016 at University of Oldenburg

Edu Knagge (PPRE)

Since about 10 years PPRE is inviting organizations (research institutions and companies) from different RE fields to participate in its annual RE Career Days, which usually take place end of October/early November every year.

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Inauguration of the University of Oldenburg's New Research Laboratory for Turbulence and Wind Systems (WindLab)

The four-storey WindLab building will accommodate physicists, meteorologists, oceanographers and engineers. Researchers from the Universities of Oldenburg and Hannover, the Jade University of Applied Sciences, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (in Göttingen) will use the innovative wind tunnel for their work.

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The Experimental System "Wind-to-Grid Simulator" as Research Based Learning Method within "Wind Physics Students` Labs"

In summer 2016, three different "Wind Physics Students‘ Labs" could be financed by the German Ministry for Education and Research in the circumference of the third-party funded project "FliF - Research-Based Learning in Focus". The labs are aiming to introduce the students to current research groups of ForWind Institute Oldenburg. The Experimental System »Wind-to-Grid Simulator« allows measurement, visualisation and monitoring of all relevant parameters at all needed metering points.

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PPRE/EUREC Students Visit Wind Energy Facilities in the Northwest of Germany

Edu Knagge (PPRE)

At the end of the orientation weeks PPRE organised an excursion to Wind Energy Facilities in the Northwest of Germany. One of the highlights was the visit of a wind park, where students had the chance to climb up to the nacelle of a 65 m high WEC.

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Experience Reports


GIZ Students’ Day with Focus on Green Sector

Sonia Rueda, Colombia - PPRE 2015-17

In January 2017, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH held its second student´s day in Bonn. The goal of this event was to share information about the work of GIZ with students from development related master programs in Germany.

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Internship at NIWE National Wind Institute India

Carlos Girón Rosa, Guatemala - PPRE 2015-17

The internship was divided in two tasks, the first task was to define the considerations that need to be done to select a solar forecast technology. The second task was to do a prefeasibility study for a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in India.

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MSc-Projects


Variable Renewable Energies and Their Contribution to Energy Security: Complementarity in Colombia

John J. Ramírez, Colombia - PPRE 2013-15

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Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of Stationary Battery Storage Technologies for Balancing Fluctuations of Renewable Energy Sources

Mitavachan Hiremath, India - PPRE 2012-14

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Impact of Renewable Energy on the Overall Welfare of a Community/Region/Nation

Yarlagadda Karun Kumar, India - PPRE12-14

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Electrical, Mechanical and Optical Analysis of Pico PV Systems after Use in Rural Areas of Peru

Samuel Jorge Goda Asebey, Bolivia - PPRE 2012-14

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Current PPRE and EUREC MSc-Projects

For more infos about current PPRE and EUREC thesis projects please visit our website.

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PhDs of Alumni - Ongoing


Climatology of the Aerosol Distribution in the Planet Boundary Layer for Solar Energy Applications

Diana Rocio Mancera Guevara, Colombia - PPRE 2010-12

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Thermoeconomic Analysis of Mining-Metallurgical Processes in Latin America

José Luis Palacios Encalada, Ecuador - PPRE 2012-2014

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Concept and Practical Implementation of Integrated Flexible Biogas-Intermittent RE-Battery Storage for Reliable and Secure Power Supply to Meet Actual Load Demand At Optimal Costs

Dodiek Ika Candra, Indonesia - PPRE 2011-13

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Decentralized Vehicle-to-Building Approach for a Transition in the Electricity Grid

Andrea Ballarin, Italy - PPRE 2012-14

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PhDs of Alumni - Recently Finished


Anaerobic Digestion of Domestic Wastewater at Ambient Condition

Sunil Prasad Lohani, Nepal - PPRE 2006-08

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Reports


Bioenergy Potentials in West Africa

Kshitij Goyal, India - PPRE 2016-18

The energy demand of West Africa is characterized by high dependence on traditional biomass and hence the challenges of access to clean, efficient and modern energy services, particularly cooking energy. The challenges relate to the widespread use of fuelwood (firewood and charcoal) extracted from the natural forest in an unsustainable manner.

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PPRE Student Wins Best Poster Award at Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids

Samuel Jorge Goda Asebey, Bolivia - PPRE 2012-14

Former PPRE student Samuel Goda (PPRE 2012/2014) presented a poster on “Electrical, mechanical and optical analysis of Pico PV systems after use in rural areas of Peru” at the Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids and his poster was awarded third best poster of the conference.

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Kikuletwa Renewable Energy Training Centre, Tanzania
“Where Skills Meet Practice”

Sithole Edwin Mwakatage, Tanzania - PPRE 2006-08

Arusha Technical Colleges is becoming one among very few training institutons in Africa, if not in the world to run power generation facility for income and training.

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Retained Heat Cooker Reduce Cooking Energy, Cooking Time and Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

A.N.M. Zobayer, Bangladesh - PPRE 2004-06

Various types of fuels are used for cooking food items in cooking stoves which are responsible for greenhouse gas emission. Retained Heat cooker (RHC) can reduce cooking energy which employs the retained heat for cooking in an urban or rural kitchen.

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KPI for Solar PV-Diesel Hybrid Mini Grids in Remote Islands of Bangladesh

Dipta Majumdera, Bangladesh - PPRE 16-18

Solar Photovoltaic (PV)-Diesel based hybrid mini grids are getting popular in Bangladesh in order to electrify remote rural areas i.e. islands. Hence, a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) model is proposed for a mini grid to identify the overall performance of the plant.

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Renewable Energy Sector in South Asia – Study Reports

Ahsan Javed, Pakistan - PPRE 2008-10

SAARC Energy Centre (SEC) was created as the special purpose vehicle to realize the vision of SAARC leaders to establish an Energy Ring in South Asia and has recently published two study reports on Renewable Energy sector in South Asia.

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Review of the Challenges Facing the Dissemination of Renewable Energy Technologies in Southern Africa

Al-Mas Sendegeya, Uganda - PPRE 1999-2000

The success, implementation and sustainability of the development of Africa’s abundant energy resources will depend on the approaches adopted by governments in Africa to address the challenges facing the energy sector. There is a need to focus on identifying priorities that support the development goals of the individual countries.

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Water 4.0: Fleet Management of Renewable Energy Powered Micro Desalination Plants

Roy Martin Emmerich, South Africa - PPRE 2008-09

Infinite Fingers GmbH and Membran-Filtrations-Technik GmbH have partnered to develop a prototype renewable energy powered, micro reverse osmosis water desalination plant, called the RO-SEA 100, for initial implementation in rural Columbia.

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Publications


GSES - Book: Grid-Connected PV Systems - Design & Installations

Dwipen Boruah, India - PPRE 2005-07

This publication is a comprehensive handbook that contains detailed information on designing grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems. It provides methodical approach of designing and installation of grid connected PV systems.

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Start-ups, Innovations and Initiatives


Fluegelboten - Starting up Solar Power in Zimbabwe & Zambia

Carlos Giron, Guatemala - PPRE 2015-17

What we do in Fluegelboten is to locate suitable land for our projects, assess them and manage the licensing, PPA, and financing through international banks in India or China and private investors. We work with freelancers and most of them come from the PPRE/EUREC network from all over the world.

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PPRE Alumni Fernando Peñaherrera and his Group from CascadeUse Win First Prize

Fernando Peñaherrera, Ecuador- PPRE 2014-16

In February, the Cascade Use group attended the 1st ReCreew Global Spring School on Electrical and Electronic Waste as part of the ReCreew EU Cost Action.Fernando Peñaherrera from Cascade Use attended as a student participant and his project group was awarded first prize in the presentation sessions.

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Invitation to Join PPRE&EUREC Women's Network

Adriana Coppola-Gonzalez, Costa Rica- PPRE 2016-18

A new PPRE and EUREC women network is to be established. Its idea is to frequently shine a light on and divulge the many great achievements of women - as well as support each other professionally - especially as women have traditionally been inadequately represented in the STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

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Islapower from Canada Started Operations in Argentina

Antonio Antonopoulos, Canada - PPRE 2005-06

Isla Power is developing solar and wind energy systems that will provide electricity to large power consumers, e.g. manufacturing companies, as well as to the grid.

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Glow yaMbao Cooking Stove - Successfull Startnext Fundraising

The Glow yaMbao is a so-called micro-wood gasifier. Actually developed as clean cook stove for developing countries, it will now also be available in Germany as a BBQ-Gadget.

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EXIST Business Start-up Grant Awarded to Infinite Fingers

Roy Martin Emmerich, South Africa - PPRE 2008-09

Infinite Fingers has been awarded the "Existenzgründungen aus der Wissenschaft (EXIST) Business Start-up Grant" by the German Federal Ministry for Business and Energy (BMWi).

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Think-&-Do Tank SusPoT

Mitavachan Hiremath, India - PPRE 2012-17

SusPoT Center for Sustainability, Policy & Technology Management is a not-for-profit Think-&-Do Tank incorporated by social engineers with a mission to assist societies in pursuing transformative pathways for sustainable ways of living.

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Gatherings & Visits


Engineers from the Itaipu Technology Park (Paraguay) Visited the University of Oldenburg and the PPRE Facilities

Rául Vazquez, Paraguay - PPRE 2015-17

In October a group of three engineers from Paraguay, currently working at the the Itaipu Technology Park Foundation (FPTI - Paraguay) came to Germany to visit both the PPRE facilities and the Uni Oldenburg, looking for projects and partnership.

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PPRE/EUREC Gathering at Wind Energy Expo in Hamburg

End of September 2016, two generations from PPRE/EUREC met at the Wind Energy Expo in Hamburg.

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ESED Scholars Gathering of Three PPRE Generations

During the Renewable Energy Career Day, organized by PPRE on 4 November, 2016, three former & present ESED scholarship recipients met, namely Rául Granados, Tasnim Shamma and Dipta Majumder.

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Representing Colombia at COP22 in Marrakesh, Marocco

Giovanni Andres Pabon Restrepo, Colombia - PPRE 2007-09

Giovanni is a member of Colombia's negotiating team for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) as a mitigation coordinator for the Independent Association of Latin America and the Caribbean AILAC. He has been already in two sessions of negotiation in Bonn and in Marrakech.

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