Energy Transition

Potential Tension between Economy, Politics and Science


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. ir. Dr. h. c. Rik W. De Doncker

E.ON Energy Research Center

E.ON Energy Research Center

Contact Person





Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


In person

Lecture hall H04 (Knorr-Bremse lecture hall) | C.A.R.L. 
Claßenstraße 11
52072 Aachen


In the module “Energy transformation”, current discourses and challenges in the context of energy (policy) are examined and discussed. Different forms of energy as well as their production and supply mechanisms will be considered. Political and economic interests are considered and compared with the technical feasibility. Different fields of action and approaches to solutions are discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective.

An overview of players in the energy industry, regional energy production in Aachen and current research questions will be developed.

The concluding discussion is prepared by questions from the students during the course of the module. For this purpose the students collect aspects in the first two months, which are discussed in the last session.

Learning Outcomes

  • The students know the technical possibilities as well as the barriers on the way to CO2-neutral power generation and future-oriented power distribution.
  • They understand the different requirements for distribution and transmission networks and can thus understand the debate on network expansion or network restructuring.
  • They also learn to assess the tensions arising from the complete reorientation of the energy sector and the social and economic requirements.
  • Students are able to look at issues relating to energy system transformation from different angles and are able to conduct reflections on future energy supply.



Greeting and Information

Prof. Rik De Doncker
E.ON Energy Research Center


Flexible electrical Grids for the Energy Transition – English Session

Prof. Rik De Doncker
E.ON Energy Research Center


Charting the Energy Future – an introduction to trends, scenario thinking and innovation strategies – English session

Bert Stuij
Vice President Innovation, Energy Delta Institute (NL)


Hydrogen Economy – considerations of efficiency, application areas and challenges

Prof. Dirk Uwe Sauer
Chair for Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Systems, RWTH Aachen


Energy-efficient building

Prof. Dirk Müller
Institute for Energy Efficient Buildings and Indoor Climate, RWTH Aachen


Selected Economic Aspects and Issues of a Sustainable Energy Transition – English session

Prof. Reinhard Madlener
Institute of Future Energy Consumer Needs and Behavior, RWTH Aachen


Digitalisation of the energy system – English Session

Prof. Antonello Monti
Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, RWTH Aachen


Circular Economy 4.0: Digitization as a fire accelerator or opportunity driver for more climate protection and resource efficiency in industrial transformation?

Dr. Stephan Ramesohl
Co-Head of Research Unit Digital Transformation
Division Circular Economy, Wuppertal Institute 


Urban Electrical Energy Systems – English Session

Prof. Ferdinanda Ponci
Teaching and Research Area Monitoring and Distributed Control for Power Systems, RWTH Aachen


How secure is our energy supply?

Prof. Aaron Praktiknjo
Energy Resource and Innovation Economics, RWTH Aachen


Energy Transition: Goals, ways and challenges 

Dr. Frank-Detlef Drake

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)

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