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Sustainable Energy Technology Summer School

RWTH International Academy
2 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course
Scholarships available
On campus
Aachen
English
June to July, 2021
Application deadline: 01 April 2021
1,990 EUR

Program description

I. Academic Content

The Summer School explores sustainable energy technologies, such as building performance simulation, methods for energy supply of buildings, and energy trading and power plant management. It covers the 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.

II. German Language and Culture

Summer School students gain insight not only into the student life in the beautiful city of Aachen but also into the rich and vibrant German culture and history. Through the university’s “Summer Mentor” program, international students have the chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant student community at RWTH Aachen University. Participants will get to know Aachen from a true student’s perspective: They learn more about academic and cultural practices in Germany with the support of their German “Mentor” who is typically a student enrolled at RWTH Aachen University and can so offer first-hand experiences in and around the campus, painting an authentic picture of university life.

III. Social Events - Have fun while studying!

RWTH International Academy offers an extensive support program next to the academic courses in which participants meet like-minded people from around the world. All students from our different Summer School programs are invited to take part in sporting or dancing events, cooking nights and get-togethers. There is a wide offer of intercultural activities and excursions in and around Aachen –enjoy your stay!

Being in the heart of Europe, Summer School students will also have the opportunity to explore Aachen’s surrounding area – be it other German cities close-by such as the former German capital Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne or enjoy the European diversity in cities like Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

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

The tuition fee for this course is 1990€. Contact the university for more information and detailed pricing.

Qualification

Certificates

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.

Workload

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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