1. Introduction on Renewable Energy

  • Non-conventional energy production, energy mix, energy trade, international and European programs and conventions in the sector of renewable energy;
  • Economic aspects of renewable energy, basic economics, basic management, introduction on risk evaluation and risk management;
  • Structural planning;
  • Distribution networks (electric, thermal, gas), feeding-in and control of distribution networks; Practical examples of network interaction.

2. Biomass, Biofuels, and Biogas

  • Principles of energetic use of biomass (physical, chemical), available raw material resources, and ecological resource management
  • Plant engineering for the energetic use of biomass (electric, thermal, gas, liquid);
  • Planning, construction, implementation, operation, and maintenance;
  • Economic evaluation, risk, and cost aspects;
  • Practical examples, field trips to existing plants.

3. Solar Energy - Solar Heating and Photovoltaics

  • Physical principles of the use of solar energy;
  • Potentials;
  • Plant engineering for the use of solar energy (electric, thermal);
  • Planning, construction, implementation, operation, and maintenance;
  • Economic evaluation, risk, and cost aspects;
  • Practical examples, field trips to existing plants.

4. Geothermal Energy, Wind Power, and Small Hydro Power

  • Physical principles of energy usage;
  • Available resources, potentials;
  • Plant engineering for energy generation (electric, thermal);
  • Planning, construction, implementation, operation, and maintenance;
  • Economic evaluation, risk, and cost aspects;
  • Practical examples, field trips to existing plants.

5. Efficient Energy Use and Thermal Building Optimization

  • Physical principles, energy demand of buildings, building services engineering;
  • Optimised building concepts, potentials, opportunities;
  • Energy efficiency in the public sector and in companies;
  • Outsourcing of energy supply services;
  • Economic evaluation, risk, and cost aspects;
  • Analysis of practical examples.

6. General Legal & Economical Frameworks

  • Legal aspects of renewable energy according to the EU regulatory system
  • Basics of European Community Law
  • Austrian national legal basis of renewable energy
  • Valuation and Financing of Energy Projects
  • Business Plans for Energy Projects
  • Financial Planning for Energy Projects
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Tax law
  • Investment law / Licensing Procedure

    7. Integration of Renewable Energy Sources into the Energy System

    • Fundamentals of electricity markets and CO2 emissions trading
    • Basics of electricity grids
    • Future role and responsibilities of transmission grids
    • Grid integration of renewables and the concept of Smart Grids
    • Market integration of renewables and storages
    • Direct marketing of green electricity
    • Example for integrating RES-E into the grid

      8. Management and Soft Skills

      • Operative organization, team building;
      • Self management, conflict management;
      • Information work and opinion forming, media relations;
      • Civic participation;
      • Presentation, moderation.

      9. Perspectives on the Use of Renewable Energy

      • Developments in world energy consumption;
      • Future technologies;
      • Technology assessment;
      • Environmental protection and environment-related issues.

      10. Master's Thesis

      • A master's thesis is written with the assistance of a tutor, preferably, relating to the student's occupational activity and focusing on the feasibility of practical implementation.

      This postgraduate Program comprises 105 ECTS credit points (42 semester hours) and lasts four semesters. One ECTS credit point corresponds to a workload of 25 hours consisting of presence, pre- and post-processing.

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