Master in Energy Conversion and Management

Offenburg University

Program Description

Master in Energy Conversion and Management

Offenburg University

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".

Module Descriptions

IV. Module ECM-04; Thermal Power Systems

Summary of Module Thermal Power Systems

  • Responsible: Prof. Dr.-Ing. B. Jatzlau
  • 9 C are required in module ECM-04
  • Compulsory courses: Thermal Power Plants, Thermal Energy Systems

Competences / Learning Outcomes:

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.

Thermal Power Plants

Course Thermal Power Plants
Part of Module ECM-04 / Compulsory
Lecturer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jatzlau
Type of Course Lecture (V)
Contact Time and Schedule of Course weekly
Work Load in C 5 C
Semester ECM-S-1 / ECM-W-1
Type of Examination K90+M; Written Examination, 90 min; M, Oral examination
Language English
Prerequisites Recommended: Knowledge in fluid dynamics, general energy conversion, mechanics
Learning Outcomes The students understand in-depth thermal energy conversion systems. Regarding design tasks they understand the interaction between major equipment under operational conditions. The students are able to work with characteristic numbers and performance figures and know how to apply them through system design processes.
The students are able to design thermal power plant systems with respect to thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and mechanics.
Teaching Form Lecture and exercises
Course Content
  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Thermodynamic Review
  3. Steam Generators
  4. Piping Systems
  5. Steam Turbines
Literature TRAUPEL , Walter : Thermische Turbomaschinen – Erster Band Thermodynamisch-strömungstechnische Berechnung. 4. Auflage(Nachdruck), Berlin : Springer, 2001.
TRAUPEL , Walter : Thermische Turbomaschinen – Thermische Turbomaschinen: Zweiter Band. Geänderte Betriebsbedingungen, Regelung, Mechanische Probleme, Temperaturprobleme. 4. Auflage, Berlin : Springer, 2001.
LECHNER , Cristof, S EUME , Jörg: Stationäre Gasturbinen. Berlin : Springer, 2003
VGB POWERTECH (Hrsg.) : Dampf- und Gasturbinen. In Fachbuchreihe Kraftwerkstechnik, Band 6, Essen, 1983.
Thermal Energy Systems

Course Thermal Energy Systems
Part of Module ECM-04 / Compulsory
Lecturer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Staudt / Prof. Dr.-Ing. Treffinger
Type of Course Lecture (V)
Contact time and schedule of course 4 SWS
Work Load in C 4 C
Semester ECM-W-1, ECM-S-1 / Compulsory
Type of Examination K120+M; Written Examination, 120 min; M, Oral examination K120 combined exam with Thermal Power Plants
Language English
Prerequisites Recommended: Thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, basics of heat transfer
Learning Outcomes The students know the thermodynamic background of power cycles. They are able to formulate combustion reactions and to solve substance and energy balances of combustion processes. The students got insight in computational data bases for fluid properties. The students know the Engineering Equation Solver (EES) as an example of a computer algebra program. The students apply EES when solving problems on component level in thermal engineering. The students are able to write systematically mass and energy balances of large thermal systems in steady state and solve the resulting set of equations. The students know the background of heat transfer and can apply methods to design heat exchangers. The students know the behaviour of real gases in comparison to ideal gases.
Teaching Form Lecture and exercises
Course Content
  1. Brief review of thermodynamic background and thermodynamic power cycles
  2. Chemical thermodynamics with respect to combustion
  3. Treating mass and energy balances of large thermal systems (steady state)
  4. Software tools in thermal engineering (property data bases, EES(Engineering Equation Solver))
  5. Principles of heat transfer and designing heat exchangers
  6. Behaviour of real gases.
Literature CENGEL , Y.A., B OLES , M.A.: Thermodynamics – An Engineering Approach. New York : McGraw Hill, 2008.
VAN WYLEN , J., S ONNTAG , R.E., B ORGNAKKE , C.: Fundamentals of Thermodynamics. 6 th edition, New York : Wiley, 2003
MAREK , R., NITSCHE , K.: Praxis der Wärmeübertragung. München : Hanser, 2007.
VDI-GVC (Hrsg.): VDI-Wärmeatlas - Berechnungsblätter für den Wärmeübergang. 10. Auflage, Berlin : Springer, 2006.
V. Module ECM-05; Electrical Energy Systems / Elektrische Energiesysteme

Summary of Module Electrical Energy Systems

  • Responsible: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Grit Köhler
  • 4 C are required in module ECM-05
  • Compulsory course: Electrical Engineering
Competences / Learning Outcomes: Also the behavior of electrical grids is covered in Energy Systems. The student learn about the structure of the electrical grid, the most important components needed, e.g. power lines, transformers, power switch gears, etc. They are able to describe the structure of electric power systems and have an understanding for the development of electrical grids with respect to additional generation capacities. They are able to calculate stationary power flows and other properties of power systems.

Electrical Engineering

Course Electrical Engineering
Part of Module ECM-05 / Compulsory
Lecturer Prof. Dr.-Ing. Grit Köhler
Type of Course Lecture (V)
Contact Time and Schedule of Course 4 SWS
Work Load in C 4 C
Semester ECM-W-1, ECM-S-1; Compulsory
Type of Examination Written examination, 90 min, K90
Language English
Prerequisites Recommended: Good knowledge in electrical engineering.
Learning Outcomes The students know the characteristics of the most important components of the electrical energy supply from generation to consumption. They understand the interaction of the components within a complex system.
Teaching Form Lecture and exercises
Course Content Brief review: calculation of AC circuits, three-phase systems, symmetrical components;
Structure, typical parameters, operating behaviour, equivalent circuits, vector diagrams and development trends of the most important system components:
  • busbar, overhead lines, cables
  • synchronous and asynchronous machines
  • transformers
  • coils and power capacitors
  • electrical loads
  • electric power installations
  • Interaction of the network elements (transmission conditions in three-phase systems, system services)
Literature HEUCK , Klaus, DETTMANN , Klaus-Dieter, SCHULZ, Detlef: Elektrische Energieversorgung. 8. Auflage, Wiesbaden: Vieweg+Teubner, 2010.
OEDING , Dietrich, O SWALD , Bernd: Elektrische Kraftwerke und Netze. 7. Auflage, Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer, 2011.
SCHUFFT , Wolfgang: Taschenbuch der Elektrischen Energietechnik. München: Carl Hanser Verlag, 2007
WADHWA , C.L.: Electrical Power Systems., Kent, United Kingdom: New Age Science Ltd, 2009.
WEEDY , B.M., CORY , B.J., JENKINS , N., E ANAYAKE , J.B., STRBAC , G.: Electric Power Systems., 5th edition, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Son Ltd, 2012
Master Thesis

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.

Application prerequisites

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.
This school offers programs in:
  • English


IMPORTANT INFORMATION on upcoming tuition fees for international students!

Please note that the government of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, in which Offenburg is located, plans to introduce tuition fees for non-EU students from winter term 2017/18, amounting to € 1500 per semester, in addition to the current fees. Please take this into account when planning your financial affairs.

Last updated February 14, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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3 - 4 semesters
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