Renewable Energies (B. Sc.)

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The programme is intended to enable graduates to obtain a Bachelor of Science as their first scientific degree qualifying them for a profession and is the prerequisite for a Master's programme in the fields of industrial engineering, energy, engineering or economics.

The aim of the course is to train industrial engineers to structure industry and the energy sector in terms of sustainable development on the basis of interdisciplinary thinking. The aim of the programme is to provide graduates with the essential engineering and economic basic qualifications in a relatively short course of study qualifying them for a profession. Elective courses offer the opportunity to further supplement and deepen this knowledge or to acquire a broader qualification profile through other thematic courses.

The Bachelor's programme aims to provide an overview of the fundamental interrelationships in the renewable energy sector, to apply the acquired knowledge in the professional field and to be able to independently familiarise oneself with new tasks.

A special feature of the programme is that both departments at the Environmental Campus - Environmental Planning/Environmental Technology and Environmental Economics/Environmental Law - are responsible for the programme. This ensures that you will be intensively prepared for your future tasks by professors from both departments during your studies.

Remark: The lectures of this programme are only in German. If you are interested in our English programme, have a look at "Sustainable Business and Technology".

Presentation of the bachelor degree program "Renewable Energies" (in German)

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Key Facts

Degree
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Beginning of the course
winter and summer semester

Language of courses
German. Profund knowledge of the Germany language is absolute necessary to join the bachelor programme.

Standard period of study
6 semesters (180 ECTS)

Admission restriction (N.C.)
none

Place of study
Environmental Campus Birkenfeld

Practice
Basic internship (8 weeks), specialised internship (4 weeks, internship semester (12 weeks)

Internationality
Semester abroad (voluntary)

Tuition fee
none (only semester fee)

Why should I study renewable energies?
Wind turbine and power grid
Wind turbine and power grid

Renewable energy systems have been playing an increasingly important role in energy supply in Germany and globally for some years now. In Germany, wind, photovoltaics, hydropower, and bioenergy now cover more than 40 % of electricity requirements (source: Renewable Energies Information Portal). Investments in the new installation of renewable power plants are increasing worldwide, driven in particular by the energy turnaround in Germany (source: REN21 Renewables 2016 Global Status Report). Since 2012, the annual global increase in renewable energy plants has been greater than the increase in fossil fuels (source: IRENA. Rethinking Energy 2014).


Due to continuously decreasing electricity production costs from renewable energy systems (source: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems). The investment in these systems will remain economically attractive in the long term (source: Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems). And because of the globalisation of the renewable energy sector, renewable energies will remain a highly interesting sector with very good prospects for the future.

In Germany, we now operate an installed capacity of more than 90 GW of renewable energy systems, in particular photovoltaic and wind power plants. Nevertheless, we still face major challenges in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In order to ensure both the operation of existing systems and the conversion and optimisation of energy supply in the areas of electricity, heat and transport, we are constantly looking for well-trained university graduates who can find solutions to the energy technology and energy policy issues of our time.

Why would I want to graduate as an industrial engineer?

The bachelor programme "Renewable Energies" is a programme of studies which you complete as an industrial engineer. The advantage of an industrial engineer is that you receive a broad and general education in the fields of technology, economics and law with a focus on renewable energy systems. We have deliberately refrained from too much specialisation in the Bachelor's programme, as we believe it is more important for your future life that you first acquire basic knowledge of the essential interrelationships of renewables. After completing your bachelor's degree, you can aim for a focus by taking up a corresponding master's degree. Due to the broad-based course of studies, all paths are open to you without restrictions.

What requirements should I meet?

A great interest in mathematical and scientific contexts is important for the Renewable Energies programme. It is therefore helpful if you study mathematics and physics during your school years until you graduate. Good language skills in German and English are also irreplaceable if you want to pass on your knowledge to others later. Furthermore, subjects such as biology, geography and politics are helpful for the course of studies in order to already have the basics for the lectures in the first semesters.

Why should I study at the environmental campus?
Environmental Campus
Environmental Campus Birkenfeld in autumn

There are several reasons to come to the Environmental Campus to study Renewable Energies:

1. Personal: Around 2,500 students are currently studying at the Umwelt-Campus. As a result, the campus, unlike "mass universities", has a rather family atmosphere with direct contact to the professors from the first semester onwards. You do not disappear into the anonymity of the large number of students, but you have the opportunity to intensively experience their studies in small groups early in their studies.

2. Campus feeling: Due to its history as a former military hospital of the US armed forces up to the 1970s, the campus is embedded in a unique natural landscape. 750 dormitory rooms on the campus allow you to enjoy student life at the university location. And thanks to the Neubrücke train station and direct motorway access, you can get to Saarbrücken, Kaiserslautern, Trier or Mainz/Frankfurt rather fast.

3. Practice-oriented: Eight institutes and five competence centres on the Environmental Campus offer you broad, application-oriented research with a focus on sustainable development. The supervision of the projects and the bachelor thesis in the laboratories and institutes ensures close supervision by the professors. And the campus itself is also used as a laboratory due to its various technical facilities (photovoltaic system, modern technical building equipment, zero-energy building, etc.).

4. Sustainable: The Environmental Campus is the only zero-emission campus in the world, as we obtain our electricity and heat entirely from renewable energy sources through the photovoltaic system on the campus roofs and from the biomass cogeneration plant of the OIE. We also attach great importance to teaching you the concept of sustainable action during your courses.

5. Leisure: There is a wide range of leisure activities on campus and in the surrounding area. Various sports facilities (beach volleyball, basketball, football, tennis, fitness room, modern sports hall) and other activities (barbecue hut, student pub Kadu) are available directly on the campus. The surrounding countryside also offers a wide range of leisure activities, such as the Bostalsee or Erbeskopf lake.

6. Close to nature: Due to its location, the environmental campus is integrated into the natural environment. The "Hunsrück-Hochwald" National Park in particular offers a broad spectrum of experiences in nature.

7. International: We offer students from European and non-European countries a wide range of opportunities to study on campus. In addition to two one-semester study programs and an international master program, an English-language bachelor program "Sustainable Business and Technology" will start in the winter semester 2017/18. This will give you access to students from all over the world on campus, with whom you can exchange ideas during your studies and in your free time. You can also go to one of the many partner universities abroad as part of your studies in order to expand your personal experience by spending a semester abroad.

What prospects do I have after completing my bachelor programme?

After successfully completing your studies, you have a wide range of options. On the one hand, you can study for a Master's degree at the Umwelt-Campus or at another university. We offer the following selection of engineering or business administration master's courses:

You can also start your career with a Bachelor's degree. The professional fields of industrial engineers are diverse from a technical, economic and legal point of view due to their broad training in the use of renewable energy systems and the efficient use of energy.

I am very interested in the course of studies and the environmental campus. How can I get more information?
Panorama of the Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld
Panorama of the Umwelt-Campus Birkenfeld

If you are interested in the course of studies "Renewable Energies" at the Umwelt-Campus, but are still unsure whether the studies are the right decision and the Umwelt-Campus is the ideal choice, then you can inform yourself in various ways. The introductory presentation provides further information on the "Renewable Energies" course.


The first step is to get to know the campus and the study programme during the Info Day or Open Day. Usually in February, the Info Day offers an extensive information programme for pupils, but also for parents and teachers. On the open day you will have the opportunity to take part in taster lectures and to visit the various laboratories.

During the school holidays, individual research groups on the Environmental Campus offer several-day school holiday courses. For example, they can study 3D printing, programming smartphone apps or LEGO Mindstorms, or renewable energy systems. The summer courses give you the opportunity to get in direct contact with the professors and assistants on campus and to get an introduction to the practical application of technical questions.

And finally, there is the taster course at the Environmental Campus. You can stay on campus for up to a week, attend lectures, take part in student activities and eat in the refectory in order to gain a first insight into life as a student.

The Study Service has propared all further information about the Environmental Campus and the start of your programme for you.

Reminder: The bachelor programme "Renewable Energies" is in German, not in English. Thus, the programme is only suitable for students with profund knowledge of the German language.

Programme content

Photovoltaic, wind energy, bioenergy and electric grid
Photovoltaic, wind energy, bioenergy and electric grid

1. Teaching basics

During the first two semesters you will get to know the basics of mathematics and science, business administration and law. These basic subjects are essential in order to understand the structure and function of renewable energy systems later on.

2. Deepening specialist knowledge

After you have successfully mastered your first semesters, you will deepen your knowledge in subject-specific modules. The focus of the course is on wind energy, photovoltaics and bioenergy - the three main renewable energy production systems in Germany. The concept behind the courses is that you will have preparatory lectures and seminars before the in-depth module in order to derive maximum benefit from the modules.

The modules "Thermodynamics/Flow Mechanics/Physical Chemie" and "Fundamentals of Mechanics and Machine Elements" form the basis for the advanced module Wind Energy in the 3rd semester. The courses Applied Electrical Engineering and Technical English serve as preparation for the advanced module Solar Energy in the 4th semester. Finally, the modules Energy Technology and Thermodynamics are the basis for the advanced course Bioenergy in the 5th semester.

Further technical and economic in-depth modules such as grid technology and electromobility, immission control, business model development, regional energy concepts, etc. are also offered.

We have deliberately integrated an English-language module into the course - Solar Energy. In addition to expanding your knowledge of English at school, you will be taught knowledge of the energetic use of the sun in English through the "Technical English" module in the first semester. Since the job description of (industrial) engineers is increasingly characterised by internationalisation, it is necessary for you to be able to exchange technical information with third parties, especially in English.

3. Specialisation

From the third semester onwards, four compulsory electives and two projects give you the opportunity to specialise in the context of your studies and to deepen your knowledge in individual subject areas. You can choose from a wide range of technical and business subjects to broaden your knowledge.

In the project work, you will work in an interdisciplinary team of students on a task, which you will solve and finally present independently under the guidance of a professor. Frequently, the project work deals with questions from the economy, so that your results are very valuable for the companies.

The specialisation phase usually forms the basis for the final phase of your studies, as you can lay the foundation for your thesis by selecting your elective subjects and the project work.

4. Completion of your studies

The sixth semester is divided into the practical study phase and the writing of the bachelor's thesis. During the twelve-week practical phase, you will complete another internship in a company. In contrast to the basic and specialist internships, you are now in the final phase of your studies and have extensive technical, business and legal knowledge that you will apply in the company. For this purpose, you will work on a small task embedded in a specialist department and develop solution concepts.

Your bachelor's thesis is the final phase of your bachelor's programme. You should independently work on a practical problem from a scientific point of view and finally present the results. You will often write your thesis in the same company in which you have already completed the practical study phase. This will allow you to delve even deeper into the subject area and work out further results. You will be supported throughout the course by a professor at the university, who will provide you with advice and practical support. The thesis is completed by the colloquium - the "defense" of your thesis before your supervising professor.

Stucture of the programme
Wind turbines in Gimbweiler
Wind turbines in Gimbweiler

General information

The Renewable Energies programme is designed to last six semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) degree. In the first two semesters, the basics in mathematics, technology, economics and law are laid, which form the basis for the advanced modules. In the 3rd and 4th semesters, students acquire specialist knowledge of renewable energy systems. This is followed by progressive specialisation in the technical, economic and legal aspects of renewable energies. Finally, in the 6th semester, the course concludes with a twelve-week practical phase in a company and a bachelor's thesis.

Students can begin their studies in either the winter semester or the summer semester, whereby it is recommended that they begin their studies in the winter semester.

Further documents/information:
Flyer Renewable Energies (in German)
Information for prospective students

Internship

The first step in your studies is an eight-week basic internship, which you should ideally complete before starting your studies. The aim of the internship is to give you a first insight into the world of work. You should gain personal experience in order to get to know contents specific to the study course Renewable Energies.

In the further course of your studies, you will have to complete a four-week internship during which you will be able to apply the knowledge you have already acquired in your studies in practice for the first time in a company. You may even have the opportunity to independently develop a solution for a problem in a small project.

Further documents:
Rules for practical training (reading version in German)
Advisor for the basic and specialized practical course (in German)

Entry into university

With your university entrance qualification, you can apply for a place at the Umwelt-Campus and enrol for a course of study. The study service will support you so that you can provide the necessary documents.

The Umwelt-Campus offers numerous opportunities to help you get started in your studies. As early as mid-September, the bridge courses for different subject combinations will begin. These bridging courses enable you to refresh your school knowledge of mathematics, physics, chemistry or English within two weeks. One advantage of the bridge courses is that you get a first introduction to the everyday lecture and seminar routine during your studies. You can also make first contacts with your fellow students - these new friendships often last throughout your studies and beyond.

Before the lectures begin in the winter semester (typically at the beginning of October), an introductory week - the Flying Days - takes place for all freshmen. During this time you will get to know the Environmental Campus with all its facilities (administration, offices, library, refectory, etc.). Workshops will also give you the opportunity to experience the campus and student life together with other freshmen.

Further information:
Entrance to studies at the Environmental Campus

The first semester

In the first semester you will be confronted with many new impressions which you do not know directly from school or training. You are on your own and may even not live in your parents' house for the first time. There are often more than one hundred students in the lecture halls who have the same questions and worries as you. Don't let this new environment unsettle you, but join forces with your fellow students from your degree programme to master the challenges of the first semester. Form learning groups, for example, to prepare the material from the lectures and to prepare for the exams at the end of the semester. And don't forget to enjoy student life with all its freedom.

Further information:
Information on the current semester
Entrance to studies at the Environmental Campus

Curriculum
Curriculum
Study plan of the study course "Renewable Energies". The programme is divided into six semesters. In the first two semesters, the technical, economic and legal foundations are laid. From the third semester onwards, specialisation takes place. The sixth semester completes the course. Remark: The programm is only available in German.
Career prospects

After successfully completing your Bachelor's degree, you will be offered a wide range of opportunities. Industrial engineers specialising in renewable energy systems will make a significant contribution to Germany's energy system transformation. Your future field of activity can be in research and development as well as in the planning, implementation and operation of renewable energy plants. In addition, you will be involved in all areas of the company with questions relating to the optimisation of energy use and the identification of potential savings in order to reduce energy consumption and ultimately energy costs in the long term. A sound technical, but also business and legal basic understanding of energy generation and energy consumption is indispensable for this.

Regardless of your career at the university (Bachelor's degree in renewable energies or Master's degree), you have very good career prospects in the following typical fields of employment:

  • Engineering offices: Planning, consulting, implementation, operation
  • Manufacturers of technical systems (air conditioning, ventilation, refrigeration, heat): sales, research and development, planning
  • Consulting: consulting, planning, execution of studies
  • Energy service providers (municipal utilities, energy suppliers, electricity marketing): acquisition, distribution, planning, purchase and sale, operation, maintenance, optimisation
  • Industry: Potential analysis, planning, implementation, maintenance, optimization
  • Public institutions (offices/ministries, state enterprises, universities): training, concept development, consulting, conducting studies, planning, operation, optimisation

The average gross starting salaries for graduates of a bachelor's degree course in engineering are around EUR 43,000. With a few years of professional experience, annual salaries can rise to between EUR 50,000 and EUR 75,000 (gross), depending on the industry and company size.

Source: www.ingenieurkarriere.de/gehaltstest

Master programmes

Of course, you can follow a Bachelor's degree with a Master's degree to specialize in your field. The Umwelt-Campus offers the following master programmes:

Application

As the main language of the bachelor degree programme "Renewable Energies" is German, you will need profound knowledge of the German language. If you want to apply for this programme, please get in contact with the Registrar's Office. They can provide you all information you need for application.

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