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Academic programme

Seminar (course modules) and field trips

The prospects of an energy system and a whole economy relying solely on renewable energy is the topic of the 2021 Hessen International Summer University "In Transition to a Pure Green Energy Economy" at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

The Hessen International Summer University Darmstadt brings together technical and business perspectives and focuses especially on three challenges on the way towards a green energy economy:

1. Transforming supply: Technology as the driver for real competitive renewable energies

2. Transforming demand: Smart homes and smart cars for smart people

3. Transforming business: Strategic impacts for business models

Learning Objectives

A pure green energy economy

  • Driving forces, ingredients and status quo
  • International and national political aims
  • Technological and economical transition pathways

Transforming supply

  • Competitiveness of renewable energies and regimes of promoting them
  • Potentials for different renewable technologies
  • Challenges of an ever-increasing share of renewables for the energy system

 Transforming demand

  • Flexibilities of different consumer groups and demand side management as business case
  • Smart grids, meters and devices: Redesigning the electric infrastructure
  • Electric mobility as changing factor for the energy industry

Transforming business

  • New players, new roles, new business models in the power industry
  • The future of gas in a pure green energy economy
  •  The “prosumer” as new ideal of the energy system of the future?

Planned academic excursions

  • EUREF-Campus, Berlin
    A real-world ‘laboratory’ for the energy revolution with over 150 companies and startups working on the campus area with its own, innovative and CO2-neutral energy concept
  • Vattenfall Power Plant, Berlin
    Here, Vattenfall is currently building the biggest power-to-heat complex in Germany
  • BMW Welt, Munich
    BMWi exhibition: BMW’s vision of the future of mobility with pure electric vehicles and autonomous driving
  • Deutsches Museum, Munich
    Exhibition: Energy technology (the German museum in Munich is the world’s largest museum of science and technology)

The programme combines scientific knowledge taught in English with hands-on experiences during field trips to companies and public institutions. Students will have the opportunity to establish valuable contacts for their future careers. To complement the classroom work, excursions to near and distant sights, cultural learning and lots of leisure activities outside the classroom are included in the programme.

Please find detailed module descriptions on the right-hand side.

You can earn up to 6 ECTS credit points upon successful completion of the academic courses.

More Information


Ms. Jessica Mayer
Max-Planck-Straße 2
64807 Dieburg
Office: F01, 110
Phone: +49.6151.16-39285

Hessen:ISU 2019 Schedule