Economic Aspects of Sustainable Energy Systems

Learning outcomes

The students have learned to understand the actual and future design challenges and strategies for 100% renewable energy supply systems and the economic implications. They have understood the qualitative between conventional and regenerative supply in terms of long-term continuity, economy, and ecology. The students got an overview on current global renewable energy policies and markets as well as economical (and technical) push and pull factors.


The module contains an introduction to the topic of renewable energy concepts.

Renewable Energy:

  • Critical assessment of conventional fuels (focus on coal, oil, gas, and nuclear)
  • In-depth analysis of regenerative energies (wind, solar, biomass, geothermal heat)
  • System approache to renewable energy use
  • Market drivers and barriers of renewable energies

Energy Efficiency:

  • Building energy service engineering
  • Energy efficiency and solar cooling
  • Energy efficiency in public sector, commercial buildings and industry
  • Energy efficiency, smart grid and sustainable mobility


Annually in winter semester




  • Volker Quaschning. Renewable energy and climate change. IEEE Press
  • Volker Quaschning. Understanding Renewable Energy Systems. Routledge. 2016
  • Martin Kaltschmitt et al. Renewable Energy Systems. Springer
  • Recent scientific publications

Overview of Grades

Semester Average grade Failure rate
SoSe 2021 3,1 ± 1,1 14 %
WiSe 2020/21 3,8 ± 1,2 43 %
SoSe 2020 4,4 ± 0,9 50 %
WiSe 2019/20 3,0 ± 0,9 6 %
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Renewable Energy Lab
Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Institute for Operations and Technology Management
Environmental Campus Birkenfeld


Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Prof. Dr. Henrik te Heesen
Professor FB Umweltplanung/Umwelttechnik - FR Maschinenbau


+49 6782 17-1908


Birkenfeld | Building 9925 | Room 12


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