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