Energy Economics

  • Prof. Dr. Valentin Bertsch
  • Stefan Flamme
  • Leonie Plaga
  • Course (3 SWS)
  • Exercise (1 SWS)
  • every Summer Semester
  • German
  • Tuesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • HZO 30

90 h self-study

Contact time:
60 h (4 SWS)


  • Examination
    (90 Minutes)

Requirements for the award of credits

  • Passed examination
    (Note: The grade results exclusively from the exam)

Energy Economics


  • Definitions and scientific and technical principles
  • Primary energy
    • Gaseous energy sources
    • Liquid energy sources
    • Solid energy sources
    • Nuclear Energy
    • Renewable Energies
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Secondary and final energy
    • Electricity
    • Heat
    • Hydrogen
  • Energy transport and storage
  • Digitalization of the energy industry

The accompanying exercise deepens the material through arithmetical exercises.

Learning goals and competences

After successful completion of this module the students are able to

    • to define basic terms of the energy industry technical vocabulary.
    • to explain fundamental correlations of the energy industry along the energy series.
    • to name the magnitudes of resources and reserves of the essential primary energy sources as well as to explain technical boundary conditions and processes in the context of extraction and utilization.
    • explain essential characteristics of value chains and markets for selected primary, secondary and final energy sources.
    • to be able to assess current developments in the transformation of the energy system itself.

They acquire

  • in-depth and interdisciplinary methodological competence and
  • the ability to think in a networked and critical manner.

Die Studierenden praktizieren erste Ansätze wissenschaftlichen Lernens und Denkens und können

  • develop complex problems in technical systems in a structured way and solve them in an interdisciplinary way using suitable methods,
  • transfer knowledge/skills to concrete system engineering problems.