PPRE Newsletter - Volume 39

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PPRE-News - November 2018 / Vol. 39

Dear Reader,

In the following, we would like to update you with RE news from Oldenburg University, its affiliated research institutions and, most important, from present students and alumni of the Postgraduate Programs Renewable Energy. We hope you enjoy reading and send us updates about your activities, projects, experiences gained, etc. in form of reports, papers, publications, links, etc. for the next PPRE-Alumni-Newsletter.

Stay tuned!
The PPRE Team

News from Oldenburg

New MSc-Students in RE at UOl

Edu Knagge (PPRE 1990-91)

In October 2018 the University of Oldenburg welcomed exactly 43 international students, who took up their MSc-studies with respect to Renewable Energy.

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PPRE undergoes competence-based evaluation

Jasmin Overberg, Quality Management/Evaluation at Uni Oldenburg

In February 2017, the PPRE started its participation in the Erasmus+-project “IQM-HE: Internal Quality Management in Competence-Based Higher Education” as one of the very first programmes in European universities.

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13th Compact Biogas Workshop at University of Oldenburg

Olga Belenda Álvarez, Spain (PPRE 2017-2019)

This year the Biogas Compact Workshop was hosted by the University of Oldenburg and organized within the PPRE curriculum in collaboration with the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) and promoted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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Willkommen in Oldenburg!

Maria Fernanda (Mafe) Davila Restrepo, Colombia (PPRE 2018-20)

It has now been two months since we arrived in Oldenburg for the German introductory course. We, 7 scholarship holders and 3 self-sponsored, have lived together one of the most interesting and exciting experiences in our lives.

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PPRE Garden - Harvest Day 2018

Binita Shresta, Nepal (PPRE 2012-14)

The PPRE Garden team invited PPRE/EUREC students, alumni, colleagues and friends to join this year’s Harvest Party at PPRE-Garden, which is located in the backyard of Energielabor building.

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Tag der Energiewende – Day of Energy Transition

Dr. Herena Torio, Spain (PPRE 2005-07)

The "Day of the Energy Transition" took place on the 8th of June at the Schlaues Haus in the Oldenburg city center. It was organized as an information and exchange platform between the DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems, the University of Oldenburg and the Oldenburg civil society.

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Postgraduate Programme Renewable Energy 2018 Excursion

Tarikua, Ruma, Ifeoma (PPRE 2017/19)

"The Excursion’s adventure began with an exciting hike with everyone being well equipped with complete hiking equipment (such as rucksack, hiking shoes, polyester socks, hats, water bottle etc.). We started hiking from Schierke in Harz, a mountainous area in Northern Germany to the meteorological DWD (Deutscher Wetter Dienst, German Meteorological Service) weather station at Brocken, Harz.

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Research-News from Oldenburg


Poorana Kumar Seethapathy, India (EUREC 2010/11)

Due to the finiteness of fossil energy sources and the ongoing climate change many countries begin to cover their energy needs with renewable energies. The production of solar and wind energy is increasing worldwide and can even be cheaper than classical energy production, in particular if taking into account secondary costs.

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New Junior Professor for Computational Fluid Dynamics for Wind Physics at Forwind

Jana Stone, PR at Forwind

In February Dr. Laura Lukassen has been appointed Junior Professor for Computational Fluid Dynamics for Wind Physics at ForWind – Center for Wind Energy Research at the University of Oldenburg.

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ForWind at the WindEnergy Hamburg

Jana Stone, PR at Forwind

At the WindEnergy 2018, which took place from 25 to 28 September in Hamburg, the three partners ForWind, Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) presented the latest research and developments from the Wind Energy Research Alliance at a joint stand.

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Workshop "Resilience and Security in Digitalized Energy Systems – Definitions, metrics and evaluation methods"

Jorge Velasquez, Colombia (PPRE 2013-15)

Jorge Velasquez is an electrical engineer from Colombia. He worked as a consultant in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects all across Latin America. His current research interests include simulation and automation of control strategies with a focus on distribution power systems and grid integration of renewable energy technologies.

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ICCCE 2018- International Conference on Cascade Use and Circular Economy

Alexandra Pehlken, Research Group Cascade Use at University of Oldenburg

Fernando Peñaherrera and Juan Camilo Gómez Trillos, PPRE alumni, presented their current scientific research work at the ICCCE 2018- International Conference on Cascade Use and Circular Economy on September 24th and 25th, 2018, in Oldenburg.

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7th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics

Tasnim Shamma, Bangladesh (PPRE 2015-17)

Oldenburg welcomed many of the pioneers and practitioners in the field of energy informatics in the “7th DACH+ Conference on Energy Informatics” which took place on the 11th and 12th of October 2018.

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Guests in Oldenburg

Guest Researcher Dr. Asliddin Komilov, Uzbekistan (PPRE 2001/02) at PPRE

Dr. Asliddin Komilov, Uzbekistan (PPRE 2001/02)

My name is Asliddin Komilov, I come from Uzbekistan and I am a PPRE alumni from 2002. By kind invitation of the PPRE, I am having a 3-month visit/internship at the University of Oldenburg from October to December 2018.

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The role of renewables in global energy transition scenarios

Dr. Falko Ueckerdt, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Dr. Falko Ueckerdt presents PIK's work on global energy transition scenarios that are in line with the Paris agreement.

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Wind Workshop 'Wind Product Fit and Financials' at Uni Oldenburg

Vanesa Martinez-Streignard , Venezuela (EUREC 2006/07)

After one semester full of useful inputs on wind energy systems and their applications, the PPRE-students of the wind specialization accompanied by some engineering physics students got the opportunity of attaining a Wind Workshop at ForWind led by the former PPRE Vanesa Martinez.

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Recovering from the Overshoot in Carbon Dioxide Emissions

Prof. Dr. Klaus Lackner, Arizona State University

Prof. Dr. Klaus Lackner is Director of Center for Negative Carbon Emissions and Professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Arizona State University.

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Online lecture “Grid Services of Grid Connected PV Systems” presented by Dr. Indradip Mitra

Dr. Indradip Mitra (GIZ India, PPRE 2003-04)

Participants of online lecture titled “Grid Services of Grid Connected PV Systems” presented by Dr. Indradip Mitra (GIZ India, PPRE 2003-04) in June 2018 at University of Oldenburg. Since the session was actively moderated locally, the students were asked to participate in person.

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Distributed Energy Resources Trials in Carnarvon – Challenges and Opportunities to increase Photovoltaic System Penetration in Remote Networks

Dr. Martina Calais, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia

The “Distributed Energy Resources Trials in Carnarvon” is a collaborative research project concerned with a series of practical trials, experiments and studies in Carnarvon, Western Australia, with the aim of increasing distributed Photovoltaic and battery systems hosting capacity in remote Microgrids.

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Experience Reports

Lisboa Student Experience Reports by Charles Brigden and Laure Hebert

Charles Brigden, Australia and Laure Hebert, France (EUREC 2017/18))

Student Experience Reports about experiences gained during Specialisation term at Instituto Superio Technico in Lisbon, Portugal

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Sustainable Fuel specialization at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen

Oriol Raventós, Spain (EUREC 2017/18)

The specialization in Sustainable Fuels of the European Master in Renewable Energy (EUREC) is based in the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. It is not a coincidence that under this city lays the largest gas field in Europe.

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Zaragoza Student Experience Report by Kashish Shah & Koen Vanacker

Kashish Shah, India & Koen Vanacker, Belgium (EUREC 2017/18)

The support from our core university was vital that made transition simple. The process started early December itself with reminders from Uni- Oldenburg ISO and EUREC program organizer, document checklist required by Zaragoza university with respective submission deadlines were communicated clearly.

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Power performance measurements of electricity producing wind turbines - Thesis Project at WindEurope 2018

Vanessa Zeron, Honduras (PPRE 2016-18)

Recently, I had the opportunity to present the results of my thesis project as a poster presentation in the WindEurope Conference held from September 25th-28th in Hamburg.

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Current EUREC MSc-Projects

The following table lists all current MSc projects from senior EUREC-students of batch 2017/18

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PhDs of Alumni - Finished

Large scale dynamics of wind turbine wakes

Dr. Juan José Trujilo, Colombia (PPRE 2002/03)

Dr. Juan José Trujilo finally finished his PhD thesis titled ‘Large scale dynamics of wind turbine wakes’ at University of Oldenburg / Forwind Institute last year, when he is also joined the German Wind Energy Institute in Wilhelmshaven (DEWI) near Oldenburg.

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Decentralized energy in India and its synergies with water-energy-food security (WEF) nexus

Varun Gaur, India (PPRE 2011-13)

The majority of rural Indian households remain dependent on traditional, inefficient and harmful household energy technologies. Rural households make their energy decisions with respect to the Water-Energy-Food security (WEF) Nexus jointly, however, previous research initiatives have analyzed household energy access problem in isolation.

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The Lost Innocence of Renewables – How to Teach Renewable Energy Technology Without Neglecting Undesirable Side Effects

Konrad Blum, former PPRE lecturer and co-founder of PPRE

When after the oil crises in the seventies and eighties of the last century and especially after the publication of Limits to Growth of the Club of Rome, the public focus shifted to a future without fossil fuel. Renewables became a quasi ‘religious’ promise for a better world.

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Construction Of A Low Cost Wind Turbine For Rural Areas In Paraguay

Raúl Vázquez, Paraguay (PPRE2015-17)

My team and I carried out the project in the Automation and Control Innovation Center - CIAC - of the Itaipu Technology Park Paraguay (where I work), with the objective of building and monitoring a prototype of a low-cost wind generator to be used in rural areas, using as a reference one of the models proposed by Hugh Piggott.

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Celebrating the 10-year achievements of ASTER INTEGRAL, Uganda

Wycliff Jagwe, Uganda (PPRE 2005-2007)

After completing PPRE studies in year 2007, Wycliff Jagwe returned to his home country-Uganda and registered a service company called JW TECHNOLOGIES LTD. The company started its official operations on 26th July 2007, with one employee (Wycliff Jagwe) and now employs 14-permanent staff and nearly 20-highly experienced associates.

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1st Passive House PLUS office building in the world

Marty Paradine, Canada (PPRE2008-2010)

I have worked in the mining, oil and gas industries as an engineer and operations manager, before moving into my area of passion - sustainability and the built environment.

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Uniformity characteristic and calibration of simple low cost compact halogen solar simulator for indoor experiments

Erkata Yandri, Indonesia (PPRE 2003/04)

The aim of this article is to discuss in detail, the development of a simple low cost halogen compact solar simulator, including characteristics and calibration. This compact type simulator is expected to be easy to use, set up and move around.

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Start-ups, Initiatives and Innovations

HelioRec: The floating solar power plant based on recycled plastic

Polina Vasilenko, Russia (EUREC 2016-17)

HelioRec is a clean energy company providing a multifaceted solution for solar-based power generation and plastic recycling. With commitment and passion, the company is developing a floating solar power plant which can be successfully implemented in the countries.

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Brazil - From auctions to decentralized RE

Marcelo Vasconcellos, Brazil (PPRE 2006-08)

Ever since Brazil launched the first auction-type Renewable Energy Programme (Proinfa) in the beginning of the 21st century, I had a feeling this was not the right approach to target solid and continuous internal industrial RE growth.

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Simulation of solid oxide fuel cell system and the applications in shipping – with diesel engine and battery

Shaghayegh Kazemi Esfeh, Iran (PPRE 2016-18)

The objective of this study is modeling and investigating the implementation of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system in power supply system of a ship from the operational and efficiency point of view.

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Contrastive Techno-Economic Analysis Concept for Off-Grid Hybrid Renewable Electricity Systems

Mohamed Mamdouh Elkadragy, Egypt (PPRE 2012-14)

Based on comparative case studies within Canada and Uganda.

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Digitalization of Power Systems – Vulnerability and Resilience. Final report of the research project ”Strom-Resilienz”

Mariela Tapia, Ecuador (EUREC 2013-14) et al.

With the increasing convergence of information and communication technologies (ICT), the power system has evolved into a large and complex cyber-physical power system, which has brought opportunities to enhance its performance and efficiency.

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Analysis of the Impact of Grounding System on HV Distribution Grid for Islanding Mode by Network Restoration from Black-start

Gourab Banerjee, India (EUREC 2013-15)

The purpose of this research is to investigate the impact of the grounding design on the high voltage end (110 kV) during a bottom-up network restoration process during the different islanding formations from black-out. Compensated grids and resonant grounding are majorly used in Germany and Middle-Europe for medium and high voltage grids.

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Energy Access from the Bottom Up: Start-up and SME Showcase 2018

Apoorva Satpathy, India (EUREC 2016-17)

The publication “Energy Access from the Bottom Up: Start-up and SME Showcase 2018” shines a spotlight on 15 innovative African and European start-ups and small- to medium-sized enterprises in the energy access space, mostly active in Africa.

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Gatherings and Visits

Gatherings around the world of PPRE alumni

Different authors

PPRE Gathering at Intersolar 2018 in Munich; ANSA e.V. Conference 2018 "Social Entrepreneurship" in Halle (Saale), 5-7th October 2018; PPRE-Alumni meeting at International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Meet-up at Alliance for Clean Cooking in Accra, Ghana

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Latest News

Wind destroys solar plant - PV panels fly into biogas plant

Konrad Blum, former PPRE lecturer and co-founder of PPRE

At 6.45 pm, police said Thursday, a sudden gale pulled through Catharinau (Uhlstädt-Kirchhasel) in Germany and uncovered the stable roof of an agricultural cooperative covering an area of about 100 square meters. Roof sheets and solar modules fell victim to the storm.

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PPRE-Alumni at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB)

Chairman, Chief Engineer IPP and Executive Engineer Jorifa Khatun (PPRE 2006-08) from Bangladesh Power Development Board – BPDB - are briefing to Honorable Prime Minister at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB), 6-8 Sept, 2018.

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