1st Semester

RE and EE Systems and Conecepts

Learning objectives and trained competencies

The module enhances understanding of renewable energy technologies, system design and applications and gives you an overview of energy efficiency concepts. It enables you to appreciate the performance of technologies and sharpens yourability to communicate effectively and knowledgably with relevant stakeholders.

Contents

  • Energy, electricity, CO2 emissions
  • Technology, components, systems sizing, applications for Photovoltaics, Solar Thermal, Wind Energy, Biomass, Biogas, Biofuels, Geothermal Heat Pumps and Hydropower
  • Energy Efficiency in Industry and Commerce
  • Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment  

Dr. - Ing. Volkhard Scholz

CURRENT POSITION

Volkhard Scholz works on agricultural engineering research at ATB Potsdam-Bornim. For the last 20 years, he has worked predominantly in the area of renewable energy in rural areas. He holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Tropical Agriculture and a PhD in Engineering Sciences.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

He has specialized in sustainable production and the use of bioenergy sources such as energy crops, biogas and other biofuel and has managed projects in research and in industrial practice and published about 100 articles in journals and books.

EDUCATION

Aside from his R&D activities, he continues to work as consultant and lecturer in more than 10 different countries. In the last few years, he has delivered lecture series in renewable energy at universities in Germany, Nigeria, Brazil and Costa Rica.

 

Energy Policy and Economic Framework

Learning objectives and trained competencies

The module gives you an overview of the key issues within energy policy, including drivers of the energy market, market structures and concepts, international climate policies, main actors, interests and instruments. You learn about the political frameworks for the market introduction of renewable energy technologies.

Contents

  • Future challenges of global energy supply
  • Drivers for energy policy
  • Energy sectors and related fields
  • International organizations
  • International climate policy
  • Support mechanisms for renewable electricity and heat and energy efficiency in buildings

Toby Couture

CURRENT POSITION

Toby Couture is Director of Renewable Energy at E3 Analytics, an international energy consultancy based in Berlin, Germany.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Toby Couture has over a decade of experience in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors and has advised senior policymakers and regulators in over thirty countries around the world. This includes a number of projects with leading international organizations, including ECREEE, IRENA, GIZ, the IFC, UNDP, and UNIDO.

EDUCATION

Mr. Couture is a native speaker of both French and English, is semi-fluent in Spanish and German and has varying levels of fluency in Greek and Swahili. He is a previous recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, has studied renewable energy finance in France, has a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Moncton in Canada, as well as an MSc. in Financial and Commercial Regulation from the London School of Economics in the UK.

Accounting

Learning objectives and trained competencies

The module familiarizes you with the concepts, processes, principles and the system of accounting. You learn to apply the basic concepts of cost accounting and management accounting and are able to use accounting techniques for decision making, planning and control in RE & EE ventures and projects.

Contents

  • Fundamentals of financial accounting (incl. overview of P&L and balance sheet) and managerial accounting, accounting cycle
  • Sustainability accounting, environmental (cost) accounting
  • Specific product costing issues for RE&EE projects
  • Project cost accounting with specific issues in RE&EE projects

    Prof. Dr. Hans Schmitz 

    CURRENT POSITION

    Hans Schmitz is Professor for Management Accounting and Management Control at Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin (Germany). Because of his expertise in different aspects of e-learning, he is a member of the e-learning team at Beuth Hochschule and manages an online bachelor degree program “industrial engineering”.   His research interests focus on behavioral aspects of management accounting and the design of accounting information systems. He has (co-)authored textbooks and academic articles on these topics.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Prior to his present position he worked for the University of Mannheim and Technische Universität Berlin in Germany. He has been teaching management accounting and management control courses on bachelor and master level and in professional training courses. 
    Hans Schmitz gained industry experience from several consulting projects dealing with the design of management accounting systems and the implementation of IT-systems for accounting.

    EDUCATION

    Hans Schmitz holds a PhD in Management Sciences of the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a degree as Industrial Engineer from Technische Universität Berlin (Germany).  He received the postdoctoral lecture qualification (venia legendi) for business administration from the University of Mannheim.

    2nd semester

    International Business Law

    Learning objectives and trained competencies

    The module fosters your understanding of how to determine the legal system applicable for business in other countries, the sources of international law and their underlying principles. It creates a basis to decide upon corporate structures and introduces international regulations for the exchange of goods and services (GATT, CISG).

    Contents

    International Business Law

    • European business law, The World Trade Organisation (WTO, General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), UN sales law - United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), Corporate law, International property and investment law, law of trademarks

     

    Relevant contracts for renewable energy projects

    • Law of contracts – parties, offer & assumption, definition of subject matter
      and content, maintenance of compulsory legal provisions and formalities, legal enforceability and other aspects.
    • Specific contracts common in renewable energy projects – wind, photovoltaics, biogas; parties and their interests, content, possible conflicts and risks.

    Mr. Maximilian Feustel

    CURRENT POSITION

    Maximilian Feustel is a German-qualified lawyer currently working as inhouse legal counsel for Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH, operator of a 400MW offshore windpark in the North Sea.

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Maximilian Feustel established KEE, a law firm specialising in renewable energy law as a founding Partner in 2010. He provided legal advice to a wide range of clients in the renewable energy sector, focussing on advising German and international manufacturers, developers, investors and banks concerning the planning, construction, operation and financing of renewable energy projects as well as the sale and purchase of such projects. He previously worked for an international law firm, focusing on international project finance transactions.

    EDUCATION

    He was admitted to the German bar in 2005. He holds an LL.M. degree from Maastricht University (Netherlands) after completing the University’s Magister Iuirs Communis program on European, comparative and international law. He studied law at Heidelberg University (Germany).

      Investment and Financing

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      The module familiarizes you with the concepts and basic principles of corporate investment and financing. You learn to apply the basic concepts of corporate finance and corporate investment and are able to use this knowledge for financing and investment decisions in RE & EE ventures and projects.

      Contents

      • Principles of corporate finance
      • Project financing with special focus on RE&EE financing schemes
      • Investment appraisal (techniques), business cases
      • Role of RE&EE support schemes for project finance and RE&EE investment attractiveness

      Prof. Dr. Andreas Taschner 

      CURRENT POSITION

      Andreas Taschner is Professor for Management Accounting at ESB Business School of Reutlingen University (Germany). He also serves as Dean of Studies of ESB Business School.

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      Prior to his present position he was Professor at Beuth Hochschule für Technik in Berlin. His major teaching and research interests are Management Accounting (with particular focus on SMEs and on supply chains), management reporting and business cases / investment appraisal techniques (with a focus on renewable energies). He has authored various books and scholarly articles in this field.

      Andreas Taschner has more than ten year of industry experience. He has held various functions in the telecommunications industry and was department head with responsibility for management accounting, cost control management control systems for business unit “services” in a German manufacturing company.

      EDUCATION

      Andreas Taschner holds a PhD in Management Sciences of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (Austria) and has spent part of his studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA).

      3rd semester

      Project Management

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      Main character of project driven work is the view of a defined time line with an end. Working in this structure is for many people a challenge. This module helps you to find structures within projects and become familiar with the methods and techniques to manage projects, but it also shows risks and chances to be part of a changing environment.

      Contents

      • Project charta
      • Stakeholder management
      • Scheduling
      • Cost management / Earned value method
      • Multi project management
      • Standards in project management
      • Maturity models

      Dr. A. J. Gilbert Silvius 

      CURRENT POSITION

      A. J. Gilbert Silvius is professor of project and programme management at LOI University of Applied Sciences and principal consultant at Van Aetsveld change and project management. He is an internationally experienced consultant/trainer in project management and member of the international enable2change network of project management experts. As a practitioner, he has over 20 years hands-on experience in organizational change and IT projects.

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      Dr. A. J. Gilbert Silvius is considered one of the leading experts in the field of sustainability in project management, with over a dozen papers and several books published on the topic. He was awarded the 2013 Sustainability Award of the international Green Project Management organization.

      EDUCATION

      He holds a PhD in information sciences from Utrecht University and master degrees in economics and business administration.

      Marketing Analysis and Instruments

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      After successfully completing the module, you should be able to develop a marketing concept: defining specific marketing goals on the basis of the market analysis, formulating strategies in order to reach the defined goals and finally developing marketing-mix-instruments to realize the strategy.

      Contents

      • Marketing and the decision making processes of potential customers in the market of RE
      • Various techniques that help to analyze the market in order to get a good understanding of needs and wants of the customers, the activities as well as
        the potential of competitors
      • Development of a competitive advantage in that specific market and how to address the defined customer segments in the market effectively

      Mr. Henry Lüthi-Studer

      CURRENT POSITION

      Henry Lüthi-Studer opened his own consultancy office in 2013. He is consulting solar cooperatives as well as public and private owner of big roofs and is coordinating renewable energy projects from the idea to the operation phase. The development of the largest roof integrated PV system in Switzerland was honored by the Swiss Solar Award.

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      He started his career in the development of concentrating photovoltaics and went into consultancy and factory planning amongst others for thin film PV fabs in China. From 2010 onward he developed solar roof projects and district heating systems for a Swiss renewable energy financing company until starting his work as consultant.. Further work on strategic wind investments, biofuel and wood pelleting as well as carbon trading was elaborated from 2007 onwards.

      EDUCATION

      Henry Lüthi-Studer graduated at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich in Industrial Management, Technology and Economy.

      HR and People Management

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      In this module you learn about the central elements of human resource management and are able to understand its central instruments and methods such as performance management processes, interviews, assessment centers and communication. After successful completion, you should be able to conduct and lead communication processes as well as to mitigate or solve conflicts in an intercultural organizational set-up.

      Contents

      • Central elements of human resource management
      • Analysis of organizational structures
      • Communication, feedback, conflict solving, negotiation skills
      • Recruitment process and different methods of recruiting
      • Leading performance management
      • New forms of communication (virtual communication and cooperation)
      • Intercultural communication and diversity management
      • Training Needs Assessment (TNA) and capacity building
      • Leadership styles, change management, coaching

      Ms. Katrin Huber

      CURRENT POSITION

      Katrin Huber is in charge of HR Development at DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG, an international exploration & production company for oil & gas with headquarters in Hamburg (Germany) and production facilities and concessions in Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Norway and the UK.

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      Katrin Huber has worked in the field of HR Management and People Development for more than 15 years. She started her professional career 1999 at Volkswagen, consulting as internal trainer and advisor on International Potential Analysis, Talent Management and Leadership Development for Volkswagen worldwide. From 2005-2006 she was in charge of HR Management at Autostadt GmbH before joining RWE Group in 2006, one of Europe’s five leading electricity and gas companies. She was heading the HR and Organisational Development department of RWE´s Supply&Trading organization before moving to her current position at DEA in 2011.

      EDUCATION

      Katrin Huber is a graduated Industrial Psychologist and studied in Gießen, Köln and Aachen (Germany). Furthermore she holds a Master of Science degree in Coaching & Consulting Change of Oxford Said Business School (UK) & HEC Paris (France). She is a certified trainer (Diploma of Trainer Academy Munich, Germany) and coach in Transactional Analysis. 

      4th semester

      International Management

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      In this module you acquire an in-depth knowledge of international management concepts and methods and become familiar with the specific environment of international business operations. You learn how to apply management concepts and techniques to your multinational and diverse environments.

      Contents

      • International management and the multinational enterprise
      • Legal, political and economic environment of international operations – globalization
      • Strategic challenges of multinational management
      • Organizing international operations
      • Performance management in multinational companies
      • Managing diversity in global operations contexts, the cultural dimension of international business

      Dr. Michael Müller

      CURRENT POSITION

      Michael Müller has been working as Senior Advisor for strategy & portfolio management in the oil & gas division of the world´s largest chemical company (BASF - Wintershall) since April 2016.

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      Before his current position in BASF he was based in Moscow (Russia) heading the business development activities of Wintershall Russia for 4 years.
      Before joining BASF in 2012 he was managing international consulting projects in more than 25 mid-sized companies and large corporations in various industries such as oil & gas, energy, chemicals, utilities, manufacturing, media & telecom, pharma, medical care and financial industries for more than 10 years. He was based in Berlin (Germany) and Atlanta, GA (USA).
      Michael Müller has been engaged as speaker and lecturer on international conferences (Frankfurt, Zurich, Philadelphia, Charleston, Detroit etc.) on various management topics (strategic, financial, processes & organization). He is the author of numerous professional publications.

      EDUCATION

      Michael Müller holds a doctoral degree in Industrial Management (Dr. rer. pol.) from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel (Germany). He studied Industrial Engineering at Technical University of Berlin (Germany) and University of California at Berkeley, CA (USA).

      Integrated Business Plan Development

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      This module makes you familair with the importance of business plans and you learn to understand the conceptual approach on the elaboration of business plans. After successful completion of the module, you should be able to apply central accounting principles and methods to elaborate a business plan. You learn to analyze Business Cases (BCA) and become competent in developing a well-structured business plan.

      Contents

      • Business Case Analysis (BCA), resource allocation
      • Common Planning Questions
      • Assessment of framework conditions, market survey, competitors analysis
      • Systematical approach on the elaboration of business plans
      • Software support for the elaboration of business plans
      • Investor relations
      • Business plans adaptation
      • Business plans in practice – presentation of business plans to investors
      • Business plan examples and case studies

      Mr. Alexander Boensch

      CURRENT POSITION

      Mr. Boensch works as a corporate finance advisor in Neue Energie Gesellschaft Berlin mbH (NEG).

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      Since June 2008, Alexander Boensch has been consulting ENERTRAG Structured Finance AG, a wholly-owned subsidiary of ENERTRAG AG at Director’s level being in charge of corporate finance, risk management, procurement of capital, financial modelling, bank marketing and M&A activities.

      In 2003, Alexander Boensch started his own advisory business specializing in Project & Structured Finance consulting for renewable energy companies. In addition to his consulting work for wind energy industry clients, Alexander Boensch is member of the investment decision-making board of ENERTRAG EnergieZins GmbH, a well-established issuer of financial products exclusively based on claims on renewable energy assets.

      EDUCATION

      Mr. Boensch graduated from Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR Berlin) and has completed a vocational training in the banking industry.

      Advanced Research Methods

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      After successfully completing this module, you should be able to formulate research proposals and questions and to know about characteristics of important research methods. You gain practical competencies in the design and structure of a Master’s thesis and are able to write a research proposal including research background, significance, methods, references, expected results and a focused literature review.

      Contents

      • Introduction to the theory of research
      • Screening of relevant information and sources
      • Formulation of research proposals
      • Qualitative and quantitative research methods
      • Application of statistical methods
      • Verification/falsification of research questions
      • Subsuming of research results
      • Research ethics
      • Design of a Master’s thesis

      Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann

      CURRENT POSITION

      Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann is Professor for Information Systems at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences in Berlin since 2006.

      PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

      Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann worked in the industry and consulting business in different management positions for over 10 years. After being appointed Professor at the University of Cape Town and working in the Department of Infomration Systems he became Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Aalen and thereafter at the Beuth University Berlin. Peter Weimann has co-authored several textbooks and written research articles in the field of Information Systems, Business Engineering, Project Management and Health Management. His research topics are IS applications in hospitals, project management, virtual teams, research methods in sustainable and renewable energy studies.

      EDUCATION

      Prof. Dr. Peter Weimann graduated as a Master in Computer Science in Germany and completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

      5th semester

      Master's Thesis

      Module aims and trained competencies

      The student can apply the knowledge gained during the course of studies to a practical problem. Under
      supervision and guidance of a field expert and / or an academic expert the student works independently
      on the selected topic respecting scientific standards.

       

      Contents

      • Content depends on the topic of the master's thesis.
      • Topic must relate to one of the modules and should focus on the practical application of
        theoretical knowledge to a specific project or venture.

      Oral Master's Examination

      Module aims and trained competencies

      The student is able to present the method and the result of the master thesis in a scientific discourse. He/she can
      critically reflect the approach selected, is able to link own results to other research areas and can exemplify the
      implications for business practice.

       

      Contents

      • Content depends on the topic of the master's thesis.

      Electives

      Entrepreneurship

      Learning objectives and trained competencies

      Upon completion of this module, students can explain entrepreneurial ventures. They can apply creative techniques to foster innovation and generation of new business models. Students can define and interpret important aspects of entrepreneurial marketing, financing and organisation. They can evaluate and decide on new business and innovation concepts in the green energy industry.

      Contents

      • Introduction: Basic terms and definitions; Motivation for entrepreneurship
      • Business model generation: Customer experience and value proposition; Instruments for business model generation; Innovation management
      • Entrepreneurial market analysis: Understanding the market structure; Understanding the actors on the market; Market entry strategy
      • Public relations, surveys and communication: Empiric research based on surveys; Advertising and digital public relations; Blogging, talks and briefings
      • Funding a business: Venture capitalists; Angel investors; Partner financing; Crowdfunding; Government grants; Private equity, family and friends; Accelerators; Other sources of funding
      • Managing an enterprise: Phases of new business ventures; Building and leading teams; Intellectual property and licensing; Organisational structure and processes
      • Sustainable entrepreneurship: Long-term business operation vs. business exit; Business exit strategies; Criteria for successful entrepreneurship
      • Business opportunities and models in the renewable industry – solar PV

        Alexander Haferland 

        CURRENT POSITION

        Alexander Haferland works as Head of Technology Consulting at Novatec Consulting GmbH. His core expertise lies in the areas of leadership, organizational change, technology and innovation. Moreover, he is working as a freelance consultant in the area of research and digital innovation within the fields of renewable energies, agriculture and archaeology.

        PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

        Since 2005 Mr. Haferland has been working in project management and leadership positions throughout different industries. Within these roles he has been responsible for strategic and innovative projects in the areas of information technology, agile and lean. Since 2012 Mr. Haferland is working in the energy sector on the integration of renewable energies to the existing energy systems and the energy system transition in Germany.

        EDUCATION

        Mr. Haferland holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Renewables and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.-Eng.) in Communication Systems.

        Advanced Renewable Energy Technologies

        Learning objectives and trained competencies

        The module aims to provide a deeper technical insight in five of the renewable energy technologies: Photovoltaics, solar thermal, CSP, wind energy and biomass.

        Contents

        • Photovoltaics: components, yield analysis and optimization, engineering and construction of grid-connected and stand alone PV plants, commissioning, monitoring and operation
        • CSP: the solar field – different CSP technologies, boiler and water-steam cycle, steam turbine and balance of plant system, engineering, construction and optimization aspects
        • Solar thermal: components, working principles, system design and dimensioning, systems configuration for different applications, maintenance, optimization, monitoring, economic aspects, basics of solar process heat
        • Wind energy: wind resource measurement, wind farm planning onshore and offshore, repowering
        • Biogas: substrates, engineering, operation and maintenance, sustainability aspects
        • Excursus on grid integration of renewables

        Mr. Craig Wong 

        CURRENT POSITION

        Craig Wong is currently working as a head of project development in a company named Infinity Biopower in Western US and as a project director in Weltec Biopower.

        PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

        For the past years, Craig has worked in the US to help clients develop biogas plants, which process large quantities organic waste into renewable energy. He built relationships with clients, and helped them understand their project from a system’s perspective. Previously, Craig taught masters students at the University of Oldenburg in the renewable energy laboratory, installed testing equipment on an electric vehicle, worked in a Chinese PV panel factory, and as a Product Engineer.

        EDUCATION

        Craig Wong holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy Technologies from the University of Oldenburg in Germany, with a specialization in hybrid systems. His master’s thesis was to evaluate the feasibility of a wind-pump-hydro storage system on the island of Gran Canaria. Craig obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California.

        Energy Management and Energy Efficiency

        Learning objectives and trained competencies

        The module deepens knowledge on different energy efficiency approaches, potentials, technologies, economics and legal aspects and highlights the role of different stakeholders. It enhances know-how on project management and quality management and explains relevant aspects based on case studies and operation models for energy efficiency measures.

        Contents

        • Energy Efficiency Definitions
        • Financial and economic Analysis
        • International Energy Efficiency Policy Scenarios
        • Fuels
        • Energy Efficiency Measures in Industry

        Mr. Carsten Ernst 

        CURRENT POSITION

        Carsten Ernst is Senior Consultant, Partner and Head of Quality Assurance. Since 2005 he has worked as a project manager for ÖKOTEC Energiemanagement GmbH in Berlin. His key areas are energy efficiency, conceptual energy design and low energy design for commercial/ industrial buildings, heating, ventilation, cooling energy, compressed air, combined heat and power. In the last years he supervised several national and international projects in the field of energy efficiency. Since 2009 he lectures part-time internationally on a project basis for the Renewables Academy AG (RENAC) in Berlin.

        PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

        From 1994 to 1998 he was Project Engineer and Partner for Syrius GmbH and Wega GmbH in Berlin; He developed mechanical services (heating, ventilation, incl. CHP) for mainly large domestic buildings.

        From 1998 to 2004 he was Senior Consultant and Associate at BDSP Partnership in London; He worked as Design Team Coordinator and developed mechanical and environmental services for international building design projects (e.g. New National Assembly of Wales, Cardiff).

        From 2004 to 2005 he was Project Manager for Mechanical & Environmental Services at Arup GmbH in Berlin; he developed building and environmental services for large scale developments (e.g. new development European Central Bank, Frankfurt).

        From 2005 to 2007 he was also a Lecturer at the Technical College of Potsdam (FHP) for Building/ Environmental Services.

        EDUCATION

        Carsten Ernst holds a degree as Mechanical Engineer from the RWTH Aachen, Germany.