Master in Energy Conversion and Management Language of instruction: English (first semester), English and German (from the second semester on) Regardless of the energy topic, the professors at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences have it covered. Many of our lecturers work for global energy companies, engineering services or consulting firms. Through lectures and discussions, students learn all about the current hot topics in the energy sector. Studying Energy Conversion and Management means, first of all, developing comprehensive expertise in energy systems and their management, but also taking the relevant economic, social, and political environments into consideration. Graduates of our program, with its international focus, will be well prepared for leadership positions around the globe.
ECM at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
Offenburg University of Applied Sciences enjoys an excellent reputation and consistently high ratings in nationwide rankings. Offenburg is a smaller university, and hence students benefit from the advantages of a manageable educational facility with personal attention from instructors. Offenburg University also offers comprehensive services and close integration with the regional economy.
Within the master's study program Energy Conversion and Management students learn, discuss, and perform case studies in the fields of energy technology and energy economics/energy management. Planning the transformation of centralized energy systems towards more decentralized energy systems is an important part of ECM. Within the program an integrated approach is used to create linkages between the knowledge gained in several areas. The individual courses in the program are grouped into thematically related modules. A student will require three to four semesters to complete all the required modules. The successful completion of the modules results in the granting of the degree "Master of Science in Energy Conversion and Management".
Modules and Courses - Organization of the Program Energy Economics
The students know and apply the common terminology in the energy sector. They know and understand the structure of an energy sector by example of Germany and are able to access systematically the structures of other energy markets. The students know how to access data in the energy sector; they are acquainted to statistical methods allowing critical analysis of data.
Operations Research in Energy Economics
Within module ECM-02 the students also apply the knowledge and competencies gained in economics and business strategy gained so far. Within required elective courses the students deepen and expand their capabilities when implementing a revised business strategy and experience the impact on an enterprise as a whole or when analysing and further developing energy management solutions in industry.
Hydro and Wind Power Plants
The students understand the technology of wind power and hydro power plants. They are able to perform a first design for a specific plant. The students know the environmental impact of hydro and wind power and can judge the impact of environmental protection on permit procedures. They are capable to perform a feasibility study for a wind power plant or hydro power plant covering aspects of technical potential, basic design of the plant, environmental impact, permit procedure and economics.
Thermal Power Plants
The students know in-depth fluid dynamics and mechanics of thermal turbo-machinery. They know about different types of steam generators and understand their requirements with respect to fluid mechanics and heat exchange in two-phase-flow. The students are aware of instabilities, which can occur when operating steam generators. The students are able to formulate a specification sheet for the main components of thermal power plants. Optimization strategies for the operating conditions of power plants can be judged and examined in a qualified way.
The students govern the thermodynamic background of power cycles. They are able to develop sets of equations describing large-scale energy systems and govern the mathematical methods for solving it by means of computer algebra programs. They are proficient in the main characteristics of components of energy systems, e.g. heat exchanger and apply methods to design heat exchangers. The students know the technology of piping networks and are able to select specific requirements suitable to the envisaged application. The students know about the range of fluid machinery in thermal systems; they are able to choose appropriate types according to the specification of the application. Overall the students are able to perform exergetic analysis of energy systems and to develop optimized systems also under economical boundary conditions.
Advanced Thermal Systems
Module Advanced Thermal Systems deepens the understanding of energy systems with respect to transient behavior. As the role of energy storages is increasing in future decentralized energy systems, the students get a deeper insight into energy storage. The students are aware of the different types of thermal energy storages and understand their limits regarding temperature ranges, energy density, charging and discharging. The students can select appropriate storages for respective applications. The students know a systematic approach to access the transient behavior of thermal systems. They are able to formulate a set of differential equations for thermal systems and to solve initial value problems by Computer-Algebra-Tools.
Project Planning of Energy Facilities
Energy facilities must be looked on having technical, economical, legislative and operational requirements in mind, which according to the long life time of the facilities eventually change several times, e.g. because of changing emission and/or safety standards, etc. The students learn about the impact of such changes and are able to anticipate proper reaction to future developments by means of a business game. Designing of energy facilities is complex and therefore supported by Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Tools instead of building plant models in small scale. The students learn about the application of Computer Aided Design (CAD) in project planning of energy facilities, especially about object-oriented tools, which support processes lasting from first design until delivery of parts.
Scientific Skills and Languages
The students are able to perform systematically literature research. They are able to develop a structure for a scientific paper based on argumentation models. The student are aware of standards in scientific writing and apply them when writing own papers. Within the language part of the module students, who are not native German speakers, shall become proficient in German. Depending on their pre-knowledge those students should at least take “Deutsch als Fremdsprache 3 (DaF3)”. Students, who are already proficient in German, shall first use the language courses to get proficient in English. Following that, students might choose other languages.
Within the Scientific Project the foreign students shall experience the working culture of companies or institutions working in the energy sector whereas the German students shall explore international aspects of the energy sector. The students shall apply their theoretical knowledge when working on a first scientific question. After completing the Scientific Project the student shall understand the strong interaction between economics and technology in the energy sector.
On the successful completion of the master thesis the student shall be able: to elaborate a course of action in order to solve the scientific task definition of the thesis, to become acquainted with the frame of a scientific field within a limited time, to use scientific methods when working on complex problems, to write a scientific report and to defend its chosen procedure and results obtained.
Duration of program: 3-4 semesters (one semester internship)
Above average Bachelor degree in mechanical engineering, process engineering or comparable, TOEFL iBT 87 or IELTS 6.0, German A2, APS (for applicants from China and Vietnam)
An important note regarding the proof of your language skills: It is not required to prove your English and German proficiency at the time of application - your application will still be taken into account by the Selection Committee regardless of your language skills. However, it is absolutely essential to prove your language skills BEFORE starting the study program in October. Should you be selected for the program without having submitted any language certificate yet, your admission will be provisional – and turned into a final admission only after providing the missing documents (by the beginning of October the latest). If by the beginning of October these documents are still missing, your admission will not be finalized and you won´t be enrolled in the program. All ECM courses in the first semester are completely taught in English. In the second semester ECM students usually carry out an internship. There are many international companies and research institutes in Germany, where the working language is German. In the third study semester some of the courses, mainly required electives, are taught in German. Thus, German proficiency during the first year of your stay will not have an impact on your study success. Language courses parallel to the ECM study courses and training in real life during cultural events or by joining the language tandem program usually help students to expand their German language skills quickly.
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Last updated June 9, 2016