Renewable Energy Summer School

The Renewable Energy Summer School as part of the International Summer University at Kassel is a unique short term education program specially dedicated to international students and graduates from engineering and related subjects. In the seminars, we focus on the main issues of combating climate change and introducing the techniques of using energies from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished, such as sunlight, wind and geothermal heat. The summer school also offers a seminar that explores the methods and recent developments in the multidisciplinary field of earthquake engineering. All seminars will be taught by faculty members from the respective disciplines of the University of Kassel and Fraunhofer research institutes.

Academic Program

You can choose 2 out of 4 following modules. Please note: If you choose 3 modules, there is an additional cost of € 200.

Module: Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energies

20 contact hours and 3 credit points

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The seminar is geared mainly towards students with a technical background, particularly the engineering sciences. This Environmental Engineering course focuses on the specific subject area Renewable Energies.
The class provides the opportunity to learn more about German and European perspectives on energy while covering topics such as wind energy, photovoltaic, geothermal technologies, hydropower and solar thermal technology.

Field trips demonstrate the real life environmental and economic impact of these new and promising technologies.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with environmental engineering and renewable energies, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields. All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. These tutors also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

 

COURSE MATERIALS

Introductory recommendation before the course starts: The Global Status Report REN21- Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century: https://www.ren21.net/

All further material will be given during the course.

Excursion to Jühnde Bio-Energy-Village

Jühnde Bio Energy Village

As part of the Environmental Engineering Seminar we will visit the Jühnde Bio-Energy-Village. Jühnde (Lower Saxony) is Germany’s first village to produce heat and electricity by means of renewable biomass (energetic plants in form of silage and wood chips), thus creating a CO2 neutral balance. The biomass, which can be easily stored and is available in continually good quality, can be used flexibly to meet the changing demands of heat and electricity.

Participant Ratings

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Module: Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change

20 contact hours and 3 credit points

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Adaptation to the consequences of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and changing rainfall distribution is one of the major challenges facing science and technology. Climate projections indicate a number of challenges we have to confront. This course is intended to provide an overview of adaptation requirements, especially in areas of importance for business and society which stand to be affected by climate change. In particular, the commercial sectors of tourism and health, transport and energy technologies, not to mention agriculture, forestry, and water management, are of major significance.

Problems posed by climate change, with specific reference to the region of North Hesse, will be examined in order to develop and implement possible strategies of adaptation.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with climate change adaptation strategies, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields.
All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. They also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

 

COURSE MATERIALS

Introductory recommendation before the course starts: The Global Status Report REN21- Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century: https://www.ren21.net/

All further material will be given during the course.

Excursion to Viessmann

Viessmann

As part of the Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change Seminar we will visit Viessmann, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of efficient, reliable and affordable heating and solar products. Their innovative solutions are simple to install, service and use. Viessmann offers a comprehensive range of German-engineered products, from oil and gas-fired boilers to biomass, solar thermal, hot water heating and more for applications in residential, multi-family, commercial, light industrial, schools, universities, hospitals, municipalities and government buildings.

 

Participant Ratings

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ISU Adaptation Strategies Climate Change Excursions
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ISU Adaptation Strategies Climate Change Comments
Module: Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems

20 contact hours and 3 credit points

COURSE DESCRIPTION

There has never been so much wind power than today. It has increased to 51 GW worldwide. This is one reason why manufactures, service providers and evaluators require highly qualified employees with specific skills in wind energy. The University of Kassel and the Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology (IEE) registered this development several years ago. Therefore, these two partners established an advanced study program – Wind Energy Systems Online (wes.online). The summer university course ‘Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems – Fundamentals, Technology and Practical Investigations’, on campus, is a part of the above mentioned master programme, introduces the main aspects of the technology and operation of wind turbines and wind farms. Furthermore, fundamentals of mechanical and electrical engineering are included. This fundamental knowledge is enhanced by laboratory studies at the University of Kassel and Fraunhofer IEE and excursions to wind farms, wind industry and wind research institutes.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with wind energy systems (WES), delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields. All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. These tutors also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

 

COURSE MATERIALS

-  All material will be available for download on the internet learning environment of the course.

Participant Ratings

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Course Outline Environmental Engineering.pdf
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Course Outline Climate Change.pdf
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Course Outline Engineering Science of Wind Energy Systems.pdf
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In addition to the two modules you choose, you will also take part in the German language course.

German Language Course

40 contact hours and 4 credit points

German as a Foreign Language

 
Studying German in Germany and practicing your skills in everyday situations is a very effective way to improve your German.

The Summer School offers German language courses at three different levels - depending on the number of participants and their German language skills. Students will be assigned to the level that best fits their competence.

Our language courses are designed to fit the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (European Language Portfolio). The ISU program offers courses at the following levels: A1 (beginners) and, depending on the level of the participants, A2, B1, B2 and C1. The description explains which language skills you will have AFTER the course [... more Information].

The applied teaching and learning methods are based on a progressive and innovative concept which includes, among others, team work, games, and CALL (computer-aided language learning), etc. Students will study in small groups and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Our experienced teachers are carefully selected. They are especially qualified for teaching German as a foreign language.

 

Participant Ratings

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Tuition Fee + Date

Including the academic program, our unique accommodation in a host family, excursions, visits, leisure program, tickets for buses and trams, and insurance, the fee is 2,190 euros.

Date: June 18 - July 16, 2022

Early Bird Registration Extended until May 15, 2022!

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