Thermal Energy Technology


Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science


Version 18.0 of 08/10/2022

Code of Module


Modulename (german)

Thermische Energietechnik

Study Programmes
  • Maschinenbau (B.Sc.)
  • Maschinenbau im Praxisverbund (B.Sc.)
  • Energie-, Umwelt- und Verfahrenstechnik (B.Sc.)
  • Lehramt an berufsbildenden Schulen - Teilstudiengang Metalltechnik (M.Ed.)
  • Dentaltechnologie (B.Sc.)
  • Kunststofftechnik (B.Sc.)
  • Kunststofftechnik im Praxisverbund (B.Sc.)
  • Werkstofftechnik (B.Sc.)
  • Fahrzeugtechnik (Bachelor) (B.Sc.)
Level of Module


Mission Statement

Due to a practice-oriented imparting of the relevant content, the use and provision of thermal energy as well as the processes in thermal power plants are discussed in detail. The use and generation of heat to increase efficiency, for example by combined heat and power, heat recovery or sector coupling also occupies a large space in this module. Thermal energy plants are based on thermal transformation processes, a central component is the mediation of the basics of heat transfer. After completing the module, students are familiar with the fields of application of different thermal energy systems and the mechanisms of thermal energy.

  1. Introduction, data on energy supply
  2. Fundamentals of thermal energy technology
  3. Heat recovery
  4. Steam power process
  5. Combined cycle process
  6. other processes for the use of thermal energy
  7. Cogeneration
  8. waste heat recovery
  9. heat transfer
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge Broadening
After completing the module "Thermal Energy Technology", students will be familiar with basic energy supply data and will be able to evaluate it for future scenarios. They can analyze different types of thermal and electrical energy supply and assess the use and potential of existing technologies. The students are able to interpret current trends in the efficiency improvement of thermal energy systems and know the technical background.
The students understand the different methods of using thermal energy and select the appropriate method for each application

Knowledge Deepening
After completing the module "Thermal Energy Technology", the students have detailed knowledge of concepts of thermal energy and plant technology as well as their possible applications. They know the basic components of these systems and can calculate the processes and evaluate optimization options. They are able to differentiate individual components of an energy-related systems and to make evidence-based, qualitative and quantitative reviews about their use.
Instrumental Skills and Competences
As part of the module, students are able to transfer technical problems to a computer-aided calculation method that is also industry-used. The students use common calculation methods to evaluate the results and know the underlying material data, tables and diagrams.
Communicative Skills and Competences
The students present the results obtained by calculation and measurement in a written report.
Systemic Skills and Competences
After completing the module, the students understand the different boundary conditions for the analysis of technical systems for the use and provision of thermal energy, energy conversion and thermal energy transport. They can identify suitable processes, components and procedures and develop and discuss suitable applications for technical and societal challenges.

Responsible of the Module

Reckzügel, Matthias


Reckzügel, Matthias



Concept of Study and Teaching
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Recommended Reading

Cerbe, G; Wilhelms, G.; Technische Thermodynamik: Theoretische Grundlagen und praktische Anwendungen; Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH & Co. KG; Auflage: 17, 2013

Schaumann, G; Schmitz, K.; Kraft-Wärme-Kopplung, Springer-Verlag, 2010

Strauss, K.; Kraftwerkstechnik, Springer Verlag, 2009

Suttor, W.: Blockheizkraftwerke, Fraunhofer IRB Verlag, 8. Auflage, 2014

Zahoranski, Richard A., Energietechnik; Systeme zur Energieumwandlung. Kompaktwissen für Studium und Beruf, Springer, 2015

Graded Exam

Two-Hour Written Examination

Ungraded Exam

Field Work / Experimental Work


1 Term

Module Frequency

Only Winter Term

Language of Instruction