Sustainable Technology

Learning Outcomes

The students will learn the different issues of sustainable questions in various fields of technology. We will focus on topics in engineering, ventilation and air conditioning, informatics, biotechnology, electric grid structure, and environmental geotechnics. The lecture series will be framed by an introduction and a conclusion of actual questions in renewable and sustainable energy technology. The lectures will be completed by excursions to several regional companies and simulation games.


First, an introduction to the status quo of global power supply and the consequences is given. Afterwards, we will step through the different fields of environmental technology and discuss actual topics in research for a sustainable world: How can we switch our power generation to renewable systems? Is a higher efficiency in engineering and production achievable? How can IT help us to get greener? How will our grids and energy supply look like in future?

The course is structured as follows:

  • Introduction to energy technology
  • Global Renewable energy systems
  • Greenhouse gases and climate change
  • Engineering and energy efficiency
  • Green IT
  • Ventilation and air conditioning
  • Sustainable biotechnology
  • Environmental geotechnology


Annually in winter semester




  • Quaschning, Volker. Understanding Renewable Energy Systems. Routledge. 2016
  • Further literature to be announced.
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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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