Energy Systems Analysis

  • Prof. Dr. Valentin Bertsch
  • Leonie Plaga
  • Course (3 SWS)
  • Exercise (1 SWS)
  • every Winter Semester
  • English

Pre- and postprocessing
Including Examination:
90 h Private Study

Presence time:
60 h Attendance Study

Written Exam, Test Performance / 90 Minutes,
Percentage of module grade: 100%


Energy Systems Analysis

The course Energy Systems Analysis provides students with an overview of the goals, methods and application areas of energy systems analysis. The transformation of the energy system into a defossilised system, associated with the expansion of renewable energies (RE), comes along with a number of challenges. For instance, the expansion of RE leads to a decentralization of the energy supply as well as an increasing fluctuation and uncertainty, especially in the case of wind and solar power. In order to overcome the resulting challenges, it is necessary to identify an efficient combination of different technical and regulatory elements, taking into account the interactions between individual elements. This is the core task of energy system analysis, which makes a significant contribution to the analysis and evaluation of technologies and measures in energy systems.

Learning Goals and Competencies

The students are able to,

    • name categories of energy systems models and their respective algorithms
    • name methods for generating input for energy systems models in a structured way
    • explain the concepts behind different categories of energy systems models
    • apply selected methods and models to practical problems (e.g. unit commitment optimization)
    • apply selected methods for generating input for energy systems models in a structured way
    • interpret results from energy systems models and draw conclusions to support decision making
    • discuss strengths and weaknesses of the methods and models used and to discuss and derive potential for improvement