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Seminar on Solar Energy




  • First Meeting in Room 01.18 (ZAE, 1st floor), Immerwahrstraße 2 at 11.4.2018, 9:30am-10:30am
  • Presentation meetings will be held in Room 01.18 (ZAE, 1st floor), Immerwahrstraße 2 at:
      • June 20th, 2-5pm: Fundamentals
      • June 27th, 2-5pm: Electricity
      • July 4th, 2-5pm: Heat
      • July 11th, 2-5pm: Mobility


The seminar targets audiences interested in sustainable and renewable energies. It is well suited for students majoring in masters of Advanced Optical Technologies (MAOT), Energy Technologies & Electrical Engineering, Material Science & Engineering, and Computational Engineering (CE).


The talks should be 20-25min long and give a good general overview over the topic and outline recent trends and research projects. Additionally a handout of 2 pages has to be prepared and submitted before the talk, summarizing the content of the presentation.

See studon for exact scheduling and team assignments:


In this seminar the technical requirements and costs for an energy scenario for Germany, in which 100% of the energy is produced by PV. Taking into account that besides PV, other renwable energy sources such as wind and hydro can also supply signigficant amounts of energy, this scenario constitutes an upper limit for the actual PV demand for Germany.
The idea is to split Germany’s energy demand into separate sub-sectors which are to be analyzed by the participants.

Suggested topics:

    • Fundamentals
      • Renewable Resources in Germany: Solar, Wind, Hydro: Potential, Spatial distribution, temporal generation / demand match
      • From Solar Cells to PV Systems
      • PV and storage
      • Electricity distribution in Germany
      • Germany’s distribution of energy consumption (sectors, temporal & spatial distribution)
    • 100% PV electricity production for Germany
      • Temporal & seasonal electricity demand; spatial distribution of consumption
      • Quantitative requirements for 100% PV electricity production for Germany (with/without storage and additional distribution facilities)
      • Financial assessment
    • 100% PV heat production for Germany
      • Solar heating (PV & thermal) & Power-to-X
      • Temporal & seasonal heat demand; spatial distribution of consumption; demand for storage; demand for local distribution facilities
      • Quantitative requirements for 100% PV heat production for Germany
      • Financial assessment
    • 100% PV industrial power supply for Germany
      • Distribution of energy consumption in Germany’s industry
      • 100% PV-Powering of a large chemical plant in Germany
      • 100% PV-Powering of a large car manufacturing plant in Germany
      • 100% PV-Powering of a medium-sized industrial plant in Germany
      • 100% PV-Powering of a large office building in Germany
    • 100% PV-powered mobility for Germany
      • Mobility demand in Germany: Temporal and spatial driving demand
      • Energy demand for individual mobility and public transport in Germany
      • Potential of electrical vehicles as storage for PV energy
      • Quantitative requirements for 100% PV-powerde mobility for Germany

Note: We strongly recommend references like International Journal of Energy Research, Solar Energy Journal ( and Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, which cover above mentioned fields and report most recent developments. Your talk has to address the most up-to-date research and technologies.


Literature list for topics mentioned above:


Photovoltaic Technology

  • Richard J. Komp, Practical Photovoltaics: Electricity from Solar Cells, Aatec Pubns.
  • Thomas Markvart, Solar Electricity, Wiley; 2 edition.
  • Ryan O’Hayre, Fuel Cell Fundamentals, Wiley; 2 edition.
  • Joseph R. Provey, Convert Your Home to Solar Energy, Taunton Press.
  • Jef Poortmans, Thin Film Solar Cells: Fabrication, Characterization and Applications (Wiley Series in Materials for Electronic and Optoelectronic Applications), Wiley; 1 edition.
  • Jenny Nelson, The Physics of Solar Cells (Properties of Semiconductor Materials), Imperial College Press; 1 edition.
  • Peter Würfel, Physics of Solar Cells: From Basic Principles to Advanced Concepts, Wiley-VCH; 1 edition.
  • A. Goetzberger, Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells: Technology and Systems Applications, Wiley; 1 edition.
  • Rolf Brendel, Thin-Film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells, Wiley-VCH; 1 edition.
  • Peter Gevorkian, Large-Scale Solar Power System Design: An Engineering Guide for Grid-Connected Solar Power Generation, McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition.
  • H. Willis, Distributed Power Generation: Planning and Evaluation, CRC Press; 1 edition.
  • Math Bollen, Integration of Distributed Generation in the Power System, Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition.
  • S. Rao, EHV-AC, HVDC Transmission and Distribution Engineering, .
  • K. Padiyar, HVDC Power Transmission Systems, New Academic Science; 2 edition.
  • Chan-Ki Kim, HVDC Transmission: Power Conversion Applications in Power Systems, Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition.
  • Remus Teodorescu, Grid Converters for Photovoltaic and Wind Power Systems, Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition.
  • Fang Luo, Advanced DC/AC Inverters: Applications in Renewable Energy, CRC Press.
  • Wolf D. Franke: “Erneuerbare Energien: Jobmotor für Erfolg und Karriere. Firmen, Kontakte, Adressen” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Buch, 2009)
  • Hans-Günther Wagemann, Heinz Eschrich: “Photovoltaik – Solarstrahlung und Halbleitereigenschaften, Solarzellenkonzepte und Aufgaben” (Teubner-Verlag, 2007)
  • Rolf Brendel: “Thin-film Crystalline Silicon Solar Cells – Physics and Technology” (Wiley-VCH Verlag, 2003)
  • Yoshihiro Hamakawa: “Thin-film Solar Cells – Next Generation Photovoltaics and Its Applications” (Springer-Verlag, 2004)
  • Markus Mohr, Hermann Unger, Petr Svoboda: “Praxis solarthermischer Kraftwerke” (Springer-Verlag, 1999)
  • Volker Quaschning: “Regenerative Energiesysteme – Technologie, Berechnung, Simulation” (Hanser-Verlag, 2011)
  • Erich Rummrich: “Energiespeicher” (Expert Verlag, 2009)
  • Karl Thome-Kozmiensky, Michael Beckmann: “Erneuerbare Energien”, Band 3 (TK Verlag, 2010)
  • Roland Scheer, Hans-Werner Schock: “Chalcogenide Photovoltaics: Physics, Technologies, and Thin Film Devices” (ISBN: 978-3-527-31459-1)