Interdisciplinary Project Internship Concept Development of a Renewable Energy System in a Developing Country ()
After participating in the project, students should be able to:
- Obtain a holistic overview of the energy infrastructure in a developing country.
- Develop and improve their research and critical thinking skills through the search and evaluation of various sources and perspectives.
- Apply optimization models to simulate different scenarios related to renewable energy implementation and conduct sensitivity analyses to understand the robustness of scenarios and their potential outcomes.
- Evaluate the feasibility of implementing renewable energy systems by considering technical, social, cultural, economic, and environmental factors.
- Quantify and assess the environmental impacts of renewable energy systems using Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology.
- Communicate findings and recommendations effectively to diverse stakeholders, including technical and non-technical audiences.
- Present and manage the progress of the project in group meetings.
- Present convincingly their developed concepts in a final presentation.
- Write the final project report academically by including the alternative energy choices while considering the potential, implementation feasibility, and environmental impacts.
During the study project, several interdisciplinary teams will learn how to propose a renewable and sustainable energy infrastructure for a town in a developing country. These towns have either non-existing/functional or fossil-dependent systems. Accordingly, each group should develop a renewable energy concept to supply the town's demand. Considering site specifications, different energy system configurations, among others, are selected for further evaluation. Afterward, the selected alternatives are assessed and compared with each other based on different criteria including on-site technological criteria, and environmental and socio-cultural impacts. Subsequently, a business concept will be proposed by taking its financial feasibility and stakeholder interest into consideration. At the end of this project, it is expected that the key performance factors will be derived and presented in the form of a written and oral report.
- Bachelor ‘s degree in a relevant field.
- Interest in energy modeling, sustainable development, and the environmental performance of products.
- Interest in energy systems and their potential/application in developing countries.
- Interest in interdisciplinary work which may differ from the student’s field of studies.
- Interest in team-based project work.
Teaching and learning methods
- Energy Services Cascade
- Energy Demand Profile
- Assessing Potentials for Renewable Energy Systems
- Modelling scenarios and sensitivity analysis
- Creation of a business concept
- Quantifying environmental impacts by LCA methodology
The grade consists of:
- Preparation of a work and progress diary
- Active participation in the organized meetings (notes, handouts, short presentations)
- Regular communication with the supervisor/tutor and team members during the meetings
- Quality of the developed concept: Identification of the problems, framework conditions, and solutions adequacy
- Description of the concept´s implementation
- Argumentation for the chosen concept versus other options
- Inclusion of technical, financial, and socio-cultural framework conditions
Final presentation and poster:
- The logic of the presentation, focus on relevant points, appealing and topic-specific visualization.
- Presentation technique
- Addressing the subsequent doubts and questions
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