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40076-01 - Lecture with practical courses: Technical Basis of Generation, Distribution and Storage of Energy 3 CP

Semester spring semester 2019
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Wolfgang Hoffelner (, Assessor)
Content Current discussions concerning scenarii for production and use of energy as well as the development of future energy strategies require knowledge about the basis of the different energy systems. During the lecture the students will get a deeper understanding of technical, physical and chemical backgrounds behind various kinds of energy as well its production technologies. The variety of future machines, plants and options for communication require also knowledge about energy storage and energy distribution. Recovery of energy, which is based on the conversion of energy, is a basic element in energy saving and needs understanding of physical-chemical processes. The lecture shall enable students to objective and critical discussions concerning the complex concepts of future energy matters. In addition to the local Swiss requirements also the global dimension of energy will be considered.
Possible discussion points are:
- Basis of Energy Systems
- Traditional Energy Production
- Renewable Energies
- Energy Storage and Recovery
- Smart Grids
- Mobility, etc.
Learning objectives Students
- know the technical/scientific background behind the various methods and plants for energy production;
- know the technical/scientific background of future energy systems (production, distribution, storage, recovery);
- are able to judge about advantages and limitations of future energy concepts;
- are able to judge about future national and international energy concepts and scenarii.
Bibliography Literature will be given throughout the semester.
Comments MSD 2017
Mandatory for students who have chosen the focus area in Social Sciences or in Economics.
For students with focus area in Natural Sciences the credit points may be transferred to the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (Learning Agreement).

MSD 2010
Pflicht für Studierende mit Studienvarianten Phil.-Hist. und WW.
Studierende mit Studienvariante Phil.-Nat. können diese LV nach Rücksprache mit Prof. Dr. P. Holm für den Vertiefungsbereich Phil.-Nat. anrechnen lassen (Learning Contract).

This lecture is offered by MSD. Dr. Wolfgang Hoffelner holds a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements For students of the MSD and those studying a master's degree in the field of natural sciences.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 25.02.2019 – 27.05.2019
Time Monday, 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)

Starts in the second week of teaching period of spring semester 19.

Date Time Room
Monday 25.02.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 04.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 18.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 25.03.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 01.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 08.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 15.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 29.04.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 06.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 13.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 20.05.2019 10.15-12.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Monday 27.05.2019 10.15-11.45 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 119
Modules Modul Grundlagenbereich Naturwissenschaften (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Module: Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Assessment format proof of course participation
Assessment details Regular attendance. Required readings and active participation. Written examination: 27.05.2019: 10.15 until 11.45 a.m.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination one repetition, best attempt counts
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Archäologie / Humangeographie / MSD