Andreas Günther
Programme Manager
Renewable Energy Online

Email:    re9sf41o@uol.dqsdwex/o7
Phone:  +49 441 798 3338

University of Oldenburg
School of Mathematics and Science
Institute of Physics
D-26111 Oldenburg

Module Certificates

In the form of individual modules, you can gain up-to-date knowledge in a compact and targeted manner in order to prepare yourself for new professional challenges. In the winter semester 2019/2020, we offer courses in Energy Meteorology and Renewable Energy Basics. Both courses are completely online.

Each course requires a workload of approximately 7 hours per week (180 hours in total), equivalent to 6 ECTS credit points. There are no formal requirements to attend the courses but competences in mathematics and physics at bachelor level (engineering or science) are strongly recommended. After succesful completion of the module, you will receive a Certificate of Attendence. The courses are part of the REO master programme and would be acknowledged in case you enrol in the master programme later.

Registration and Fees

Places are limited and will be granted on a first come first served basis. The tuition fee is 1,250 EUR per module (see also Application and Fees for possible discounts). In addition, you need to pay 120 EUR semester fee for your guest student account.

In order to register for one or two modules please download the Module Registration Form and send the completed and signed scan to Andreas Günther, re9sf41o@uol.dqsdwex/o7 latest until 30 September 2019.

Courses in Winter Semester 2019/20

Module "Introduction to Energy Meteorology"

This module introduces the concepts of solar and wind energy meteorology. The solar part includes solar radiation basics, atmospheric interaction and solar radiation modelling. The wind part explains atmospheric flow and the properties of the atmospheric boundary layer. Furthermore, the fundamentals of solar and wind resource assessment are covered. The theoretical part of the module is complemented by practical exercises such as calculation modelling assignments.

The course starts on 14 October 2019. For further information, please download the Module Description

Module "Renewable Energy Basics"

This module consists of several self-studying courses called primers. The primers cover fundamental knowledge to succeed in the courses of the technology orientation from the fields of Mathematics, Thermodynamics, Fluids, Mechanics, Programming and Electrical Power Systems. Their aim is to provide the heterogeneous audience a common knowledge base especially in those fields which were not covered in the previous studies of the students.

For each of the primers, reading material is provided with the study content. This material is accompanied by a respective course on the learning platform where students can evaluate their progress using self-evaluation features, pose questions, discuss with class mates and mentors on a forum and submit mandatory assignments.

The course starts on 14 October 2019. For further information, please download the Module Description

Courses in Summer Semester 2020

The complete certifcate programme for the Summer Semester 2020 is still under development. The website wille be updated soon.

Module "Basics of Photovoltaics"

This course covers the physics of photovoltaic devices where we discuss the solar cell from a microscopic point of view to explain the macroscopic behaviour of solar cells. We discuss design and optimization strategies as well as the limits of solar cells, various technologies and materials which are on the market.

In the practical part of the module, calculation exercises will be given to complement the new theoretical knowledge. Additionally, the students will simulate solar cells and their behaviour under varying conditions using a research based simulation software.

The course starts in April 2020. For further information, please download the Module Description

Module "Wind Energy Fundamentals and Wind Farm Design"

In this module, you will learn the fundamentals of wind power generation and utilization. The course starts with the explanation of the physics behind the generation of the wind, its occurrence and how wind measurements are carried out. Concepts about the energy and power available in the wind, as well as the types of wind energy converters will be described. The aeromechanical energy conversion is explained thoroughly, and the main components of the wind turbine are characterized. Environmental effects, political and social aspects of wind energy utilisation will be discussed as well.

In the practical part of the module, calculation exercises will be given to complement the theoretical knowledge. Additionally, you will get insights on how wind farm planning is done in the industry. You will perform tasks related with the assessment of the wind resource, energy yield, wind farm efficiency, shadow casting and noise emission of a wind farm. In a self-contained work you will select types of wind turbines and establish a wind farm layout for a given site. You will also optimize the wind farm design, in regard of energy yield and environmental impacts. Tasks to learn about basic economic calculations will be also provided.

The course starts in April 2020. For further information, please download the Module Description

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