RE Integration


Compentency: Analysis and synthesis of integration processes of RE systems

Module type: elective module

Semester: summer

Site: Kassel

Language: English

Workload: 105 hours course attendance; 70 hours self-study

Credits points: 7

Recommended qualifications: none


Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the course Smart Grids the students are able to:

  • understand the key drivers as well as design principles of the smart grid (communication)
  • evaluate the communication infrastructure required to set up smart grids


  • Overview of smart grids and smart grid communications (SGC)
  • Power generation:
    • equipment-conditioning information and load conditions of the generation equipment
  • Transmission:
    • state of high-voltage power lines
    • devices in the transmission substations
    • power lines and feeders
  • Consumers:
    • overall power-usage information (meter reading) and information about power usage by devices inside the home
    • automatic meter reading
    • advanced metering infrastructure
    • privacy issues in smart grids
  • Communication technologies used in SGC:
    • power line communications
    • fiber optic communications
    • wireless devices
  • Demand Response Management (DR):
    • utility companies and energy load management/reduction
    • factors for DR programs
    • automation of DR as key concept which helps to reduce human intervention and increases accuracy and responsiveness to the DR program
  • SGC:
    • activities in standardization bodies on SGC
    • practical experience gained in SGC lab experiments


  • Lecturer: Marc Selig
  • Teaching method: lecture, lab training
  • SWS: 3
  • Credit points: 3
  • Examination: group presentations; oral/written exam

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the course Flexible Generation and Demand Side Management the students are able to:

  • understand the requirements for balancing fluctuating renewable power generation and select solutions for these different requirements
  • estimate potentials and costs in the control of flexible generators and consumers in domestic and industrial applications


  • Possibilities and potentials of flexible power generation
  • Differences in temporal power availability
  • Defining requirements
  • Different plant operations to cover residual load under present conditions of power generation
  • Discussing possible flexible balancing solutions
  • DSM potentials:
    • classification
    • describing actual DSM potentials by the state of charge
  • Lab for practical experience with flexible power generation under central European conditions


  • Lecturer: John Sievers
  • Teaching method: lecture, lab training
  • SWS: 2
  • Credit points: 2
  • Examination: written/oral exam

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in the course Biogas the students are able to:

  • determine bio mass potentials taking into account different bio mass conversion processes and local potentials
  • analyse the sustainability of the whole value chain


  • Different types of biomass and the efficiency of their production:
    • energy plants
    • organic waste
    • agricultural residuals
  • Different ways of using biomass and conversion paths:
    • combustion of solid bio mass
    • thermo chemical gasification
    • anaerobic digestion
    • bio fuels
  • Bio gas as energy source:
    • components and processes of gasification
    • combustion basics with respect to biomass conversion
  • Integration of bio energy in conventional and RE systems


  • Lecturer: Bernd Krautkremer
  • Teaching method: lecture, group work
  • SWS: 2
  • Credit points: 2
  • Examination: written/oral exam; report