C7 - Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency

The seventh SolNet PhD course on
" Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency"

Kassel University, Kassel, Germany
was held on 23 - 26 September 2009

General Information
The course was designed for PhD students active in Solar Thermal
Date:     Excursion: Tue., Sept. 22, 1 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Lectures: Wed., Sept. 23, 9 a.m. - Sat., Sept. 26, 4 p.m.
Place:     Kassel University, Germany
Mönchebergstr. 19, 34125 Kassel
Room 4100 (4.th floor)


Course description

Whereas the first six SolNet courses focussed on topics about materials, components, system aspects and applications of solar heating plants, this final course went beyond the field of solar thermal. It covered a broad range of renewable energy technologies. Introductory lectures were given about energy supply from wind and water, about solar electricity (PV), as well as the energy standard of buildings. Additionally, the course covered political and economic framework conditions, and the environmental impact of energy supply systems worldwide.

They covered the fundamentals of the fields from the technical point of view, system concepts, constructions, system modelling, etc. In order to provide a deeper understanding of the respective subject matter, assignments were given and discussed during most of the lecture blocks. The duration of each lecture block covering one field was about 3 to 4 hours, respectively.

The lectures were given by researchers from Kassel University with a high reputation in their respective field; most of them are involved in the master course about 'Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency' at Kassel University.
Technical Visits

On Sept. 22nd, 2009, the day before the official start of the course, a technical tour was offered to 'Wagner & Co. Solartechnik GmbH', one of the largest companies for Solar Heating Systems, and to a large solar heating plant installed at the 'Hütt' Brewery close to Kassel.
During the course, another technical visit was scheduled to 'SMA Solar Technology AG', the largest company for PV converters worldwide.

Getting to Kassel

By plane: The nearest airports are Frankfurt, Hannover and Paderborn. There are connecting trains to Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe

By train: The main railway station is Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe. Train schedules can be found under www.bahn.de. If you buy your train ticket with a City mobil Ticket option, you get free (daily or one direction)  Bus and Tram connection in Kassel.

Tram: Take the tram lines 1 or 2 (direction Holländische Straße) from Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe to the main campus (tram stop Holländischer Platz - Universität). Alternatively, take the tram lines 3, 4 or 7 to Am Stern and walk to the Holländischer Platz campus. Tram schedules can be found www.nvv.de


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