Education

  Professor during lecture

E.ON ERC is highly committed to provide excellence and innovation in education.

 

ACS I Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

ACS offers a selection of courses developed and constantly updated, to meet the requirements of the most modern programs in energy. As the courses originate in the very peculiar ACS environment, where energy and ICT come together, the educational offer, mostly at master level, reflects cutting edge research topics which are still rarely covered by courses in the academic environment, like Modeling and Simulation of Complex Power Systems, Automation of Complex Power Systems, and Measurement Techniques and Distributed Intelligence for Power Systems. In addition, classes on modern power system aspects are offered like Power System Dynamics, Modern Control Systems and Low Carbon Energy Conversion Systems. Examples in the lectures and practice sessions are taken from real world case studies so on one hand the information the students receive is up to date, and on the other hand the students get a glimpse in the motivations, meaning and methods of scientific research. The interdisciplinary nature of the energy field is addressed within individual courses and by participating in intrinsically multi-disciplinary education initiatives, like Electrical Energy from Renewable Sources. The teaching style is open to new technologies in order to facilitate the active participation of the students in the learning process and to collect feedback for constantly improving the presentation of the material and the selection of the examples. For this purpose, online applications for smart phones and other portable devices are used for Q&A on the fly and surveys during some of the lectures.

EBC I Faculty for Mechanical Engineering

The Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate offers courses for undergraduate students in “Mechanical Engineering” as well as for the consecutive graduate programs “Energy Engineering” and “General Mechanical Engineering”. These courses can also be accepted as electives in other undergraduate and graduate programs. The lectures for the undergraduate programs provide a basis in the field of energy economics and energy networks while the lectures for the graduate programs mainly deal with the components and the conceptual design of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in the building sector. In 2013 Prof. Müller received the Internal Faculty Teaching Award of the faculty of mechanical engineering. This award is given for a very good evaluation of his lectures by the students.

FCN I School of Business and Economics

The Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate offers courses for undergraduate students in “Mechanical Engineering” as well as for the consecutive graduate programs “Energy Engineering” and “General Mechanical Engineering”. These courses can also be accepted as electives in other undergraduate and graduate programs. The lectures for the undergraduate programs provide a basis in the field of energy economics and energy networks while the lectures for the graduate programs mainly deal with the components and the conceptual design of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems in the building sector. In 2013 Prof. Müller received the Internal Faculty Teaching Award of the faculty of mechanical engineering. This award is given for a very good evaluation of his lectures by the students. Prof. Madlener and his team offer lectures, seminars and degree theses as well as student research projects in Bachelor and Master programs of the AACSB-accredited School of Business and Economics at RWTH Aachen University, as well as in programs of other faculties as subsidiary subjects, for example in mechanical or electrical engineering, mathematics, or applied geography. The courses are offered partly in German and partly in English. Lectures in German are “Energieökonomik” and “Umweltökonomie”, the latter in recent terms with more than 300 registered students. Lectures in English are “Economics of Technical Change”, “Economics of Technological Diffusion”, and “Advanced Energy Economics”. Additionally, a novel lecture on “Smart Grid Economics and Information Management” is offered in cooperation with PD Dr. Clemens van Dinther from ista in Essen. Seminars are offered alternately in “Behavioral and Experimental Economics” and also on selected current topics in energy economics (e.g. prosumers in the energy sector, application of theoretical concepts of finance to the energy sector, or technological diffusion, finance and risk management). Moreover, Prof. Madlener gives regularly lectures at several LEONARDO modules on energy and climate change topics. In general, the main topics in the courses are the application of economic theory and analysis methods to grasp and better understand the fundamentals and current trends of energy markets, the emergence and diffusion of innovative technologies (in particular in accordance with the ongoing transformation of the energy systems), and the allocation of necessary energy infrastructure and public goods. Starting this year, FCN offers, jointly with the Research Area “Energy, Mobility and Environment (EME)” of the RWTH School of Business and Economics, a specialization in “Sustainability and Corporations” within the Master program in Business and Administration with about 20 core and ad-on courses. Topics are the challenges for energy supply, mobility, and environmental and climate protection. In these courses, economic issues are addressed that range from the development of new energy markets and energy policies, the evaluation, promotion, and dissemination of innovative “green” technologies; the sustainability of energy user behavior and mobility behavior; to the planning and managing of efficient and environmentally sound product and information flows in value creation networks.

GGE I Faculty for Georesources and Materials Engineering

Together with Adjunct Professor Dr. Gabriele Marquart, Associate Lecturers Dr. Sabrina Haber Pohlmeier, Dr. Marina Hruška, Dr. Renate Pechnig, Dr. Frank Bosch, Dr. Darius Mottaghy, Dr. Ernst Niederleithinger, and Senior Academic Associates Dr. Norbert Klitzsch and Dr. Oliver Mohnke, Prof. Clauser offers lectures, seminars, exercises and laboratory sessions. Academic programs of the faculty “Georesources and Materials Engineering” comprise bachelor and master programs “Angewandte Geowissenschaften” and “Georessourcen Management” (www.fgeo.rwth-aachen.de), and the, English language Idea League Joint Master Program “Applied Geophysics”, performed jointly with TU Delft and ETH Zurich (www.idealeague.org/geophysics). In particular, GGE offers master-level courses in Geothermics, Geophysical Logging and Log Interpretation, Geophysics Special Methods: Spectral IP & NMR, Engineering Geophysics, and Geophysical Field Trips. The main topics in the bachelor programs comprise Introiduction to Geophysics (a physics of the Earth course), Fundamentals of Geophysical Exploration Methods (seismics, gravity, magnetic, electrical, and electromagnetic), and Scientific Writing.


PGS I Faculty for Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Together with two adjunct professors and the PGS and ISEA staff, Prof. De Doncker and Prof. Sauer offer lectures, seminars, exercise and laboratory sessions in all Bachelor and Master programs of the faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (ET&IT). In particular, at the Master Level, both chairs offer courses on electrical energy conversion and storage systems, primarily in the Master Curricula “Energy Engineering”, and “Systems Engineering and Automation”. Since 1997, most lectures are offered also in English for the International Master Curriculum “Electrical Power Engineering”. The lectures are supported by research assistants of PGS and the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA). Fundamentals, modeling and analysis techniques for electrical and electro-chemical components and systems are the main topics in the Bachelor programs. The detailed synthesis, control and design of power electronic converters, drives and electro-chemical storage systems, such as batteries and fuel cells, are covered in the Master Curricula. Specialized lectures are offered on (medium voltage) traction drives (Prof. Müller-Hellmann) and Electro-thermal Process Technologies (Dr. Seitzer). PGS/ISEA also support the lectures on National (Bachelor) and International (Master) Patent Law (Dr. Jostarndt), which are offered to all E.ON ERC students and graduate students. In 2013, with cooperation of the RWTH International Academy, two continued education programs were offered at E.ON ERC. Most notably, Prof. Jay Baliga (NCSU, USA), Dr. Uwe Scheuermann (Semikron Company), Prof. Vescan, Prof. Knoch and Prof. De Doncker lectured a course on “Modern Power Semiconductor Devices”.