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

Contact Person





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


In person



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.




Titel der Veranstaltung


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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