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Sustainable Energy Technology Summer School

RWTH International Academy
2 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
19 July 2021

Program description

In this Online Course you explore sustainable energy technologies especially in the context of buildings. As a participant, you learn about building performance simulation, methods for energy supply of buildings, as well as energy trading and power plant management. The classes cover fundamentals of modeling and simulation to carry out dynamic building simulations. Furthermore, a case study featuring energy efficient technology and a business simulation game featuring energy trading and power plant management enable students to apply their knowledge in a practical manner. Overall, you reach an understanding of energy efficience for buildings on a micro-level, as well as considering connections on a macro-level.

highly mixed/international group
online lectures & tutorials
group work & self study
intercultural exchange
virtual social events
full online experience
RWTH certificate

Admission requirements

  • B.Sc./B.E. student enrolled at a renowned university
  • Studying mechanical engineering or a related field
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • Minimum English language proficiency equivalent to:
    TOEFL ibt : 72 points
    IELTS: 5.5 band score
    TOEIC: 785 points
    Cambridge: FCE, Grade C
    CEFR = B2

Required Documents

  • Your Cover Letter 
  • Your Curriculum Vitae (Resume)
  • Your academic records (Transcript of Records)
  • A color photo of yourself
  • Additional documents to support your application (optional)
  • English Proficiency Test (optional)

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Program content

Academic Staff

The Institute of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building (E3D) and two visiting professors of TH Bingen conduct the academic content. E3D's research areas include energy in buildings and districts, ergonomics of the indoor environment, building information modelling, and computational engineering.

Description of Modules

This Summer School introduces the mathematical and physical basics of building energy performance modeling and simulation, implementation of models using computer-based numerical methods, computer algebra systems and object-oriented modeling language Modelica. The following topics will be covered:

Building Performance Simulation
In the module “Building Performance Simulation” an introduction to building performance simulation will be given by presenting the mathematical and physical basics of building energy performance modeling and simulation, implementation of models using computer-based numerical methods, computer algebra systems and the object-oriented modeling language Modelica.

For this purpose, a detailed introduction into relevant individual aspects will be given, including: climatic conditions, weather data, solar radiation (solar position, angle calculations, etc.), heat conduction, convection, short- and long-wave radiation exchange, solar optical and thermal properties of glazing, window modeling, single- and multi-zone models. Selected sub-modules will be programmed by students individually.

Students will acquire the basic knowledge to carry out dynamic building simulations and to assess uncertainties. For this purpose, students will gain knowledge about different scales in a building simulation (environment, building, users) and learn appropriate modeling approaches for the mathematical description of the corresponding heat and mass transfer processes. This includes an insight into individual simulation modules, which students will develop on their own by means of didactically suitable programming tools.

Energy Basics & Methods for Energy Supply of Buildings
After a short review of energy basics (terms and definitions of energy, work, heat, power etc.), the lecture will present different methods of heat generation in buildings as heat pumps, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic and other renewable energy sources. It describes how the heating demand is covered today and could be covered in the future.

The Campus Cube
The Campus Cube is a hypothetical university building that (as an example) will be used to calculate the peak heating demand and the annual heating demand. After calculating the demands, it will be the students’ assignment developing ideas to equip the Campus Cube with an energy efficient technology.

Energy Management & Trading
After a general introduction into energy management, trading and plant operation, the focus will be laid on the electricity trading and a plant operation simulator. In small teams the students are going to learn how to operate a single power plant and a power plant portfolio using an online simulator. Trading will take place on a single market but also in a cross-border environment.

Tuition fees

Program fees for our Online Courses:

  • 2 weeks programs: 1194 EUR
  • 3 weeks programs: 1794 EUR
  • 4 weeks programs: 2250 EUR

The program fees contain our full online experience. Find detailed information on the program pages or our website.



At the end of the Summer School program, you will receive a Certificate of Participation together with a Certificate Supplement from RWTH Aachen University, stating the workload and the academic content of the Summer School.

Upon successful completion of the Summer School, you will furthermore receive an Executive Certificate and a Certificate of Performance from RWTH Aachen University, stating the final grade.


2-week programs (about 60 hours): 2 ECTS credits can be awarded

3-week programs (about 90 hours): 3 ECTS credits can be awarded

4-week programs (about 120 hours): 4 ECTS credits can be awarded

Please note:
Ultimately it is up to your home institution as to how many credits may be awarded. For details, please speak to your home institution’s Study Abroad Adviser!

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