Energy Engineering at Hochschule Offenburg

Even today, the provision of energy is one of the most pressing issues facing developed societies, yet its importance will still increase significantly in the future, combined with vital questions such as resource-saving and environmentally compatible use of energy sources.

Energy engineers ensure that energy is made available for transport to consumers using optimized processes - if possible from regenerative sources - and transferred with as low loss as possible. They plan entire energy plants and networks as well as energy storage facilities for buffering.

The sustainable and resource-conserving use of energy and raw materials is also a focus in building services engineering. The efficient design of integrated energy systems, e.g. for heat supply, cooling, ventilation and humidification, supply of electricity and water to buildings and systems, plays a key role when it comes to implementing Germany's ambitious climate-protection targets.

Find out more about Hochschule Offenburg's study programs related to energy engineering:

Elektrische Energietechnik/Physik (German-taught Bachelor's degree program)

This study program focuses on the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical energy. Photovoltaic and wind energy are taught extensively, while conventional power plants are considered as well.

In addition, students learn about modern transmission technologies such as high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC), but also classic three-phase current transmission lines, network protection technology, and energy distribution via modern controllable local network transformers.

The EP program also includes more in-depth teaching of physics fundamentals than is the case for traditional engineering study programs, with students acquiring additional skills in atomic physics and solid state physics. [more...]


Elektrische Energietechnik/Physik "Plus" (German-taught Bachelor's degree program)

In the Bachelor's program EP-plus, just like in the regular EP program, students learn how electrical energy is generated, transmitted and distributed. In addition, pedagogical competences and didactic contents in physics are taught, which qualify students to become teachers at vocational schools and technical secondary schools following further training through an appropriate Master's degree program.The pedagogical and didactic part comprises about 15% of the total course content and is taught at the University of Education in Freiburg, a close cooperating partner of Hochschule Offenburg. [more...]


Berufliche Bildung Elektrische Energietechnik/Physik (German-taught Master's degree program)

This Master's degree program in Vocational Education in Power Engineering/Physics qualifies graduates of the "EP-plus" (Bachelor's) program to start teaching at a vocational school or technical secondary school as trainees. In addition to vocational pedagogy and didactics, students acquire further competences in the vocational fields of power engineering and automation technology as well as physics. [more...]


Energiesystemtechnik (German-taught Bachelor's degree program)

This Bachelor's degree program in energy systems technology revolves around the sustainable, resource-saving and efficient design of energy systems in the field of building and systems engineering. Students acquire basic knowledge and skills in heat supply, refrigeration and ventilation technology, as well as gas and electricity supply systems. A further focus is on the integration of regenerative - e.g., photovoltaic, solar thermal, biogas, wind power - energy production plants in the design and project planning of supply technology for buildings and plants. The study course is rounded off with an overall examination of the aim of designing and optimizing energy systems by efficiently combining the individual modes of action and components and their respective interactions. [more...]


Verfahrenstechnik with a specialization in energy engineering (German-taught Bachelor's degree program)

The Bachelor's degree program in process engineering allows for three different specializations during the main study phase, one of which is energy engineering. Here the focus is on basic renewable energy technologies and the processes required for energy conversion, storage and supply. In addition to  economic considerations, in-depth lectures deal with the key aspects of energy system transformation: Solar energy (photovoltaics/solar thermal energy), biomass, geothermal energy, and wind and water power. The technologies taught are aimed at a sustainable, environmentally friendly and efficient use of energy sources and raw materials. Students therefore also acquire basic knowledge in information processing, measurement and control technology, as well as in the energy-economic evaluation of the technologies used. [more...]


Power and Data Engineering (English-taught Master's degree program)

The global energy sector is facing a fundamental change: the number of decentralized generation plants and storage facilities is increasing, as is the diversity of players in the generation, transport, storage and consumption of energy.

The international Master's degree program in Power and Data Engineering prepares students to manage the increasing complexity of energy systems in utilities, grid operators and many other work areas.

The focus is on new interdisciplinary approaches, especially those resulting from the intersections of power engineering, information and communication technology, and data engineering. In addition to technical and methodological know-how, essential soft skills and intercultural competencies are taught as well. [more...]