103-0532-00L  Introduction to Power Grid Infrastructure

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersT. Schultz, P. Bühlmann, S. Hedtke
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


103-0532-00 GEinführung in elektrische Energiesysteme Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.3 hrs
Thu15:45-18:30HIL C 10.2 »
T. Schultz, P. Bühlmann, S. Hedtke

Catalogue data

AbstractIn this lecture, the basics for the construction and operation of power grids are explained. The focus is on the components of the grid, from generation to transport and consumption.
ObjectiveThe lecture covers:

- an overview of how the power grid is constructed and which components it requires.
- an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the different technologies and systems (e.g. cable and overhead lines or AC and DC voltage).
- an overview of the challenges and opportunities presented by external influences and new technologies.
ContentElectricity is one of the most important forms of energy used by modern society. The availability of electricity has an immense impact on our daily lives and is an essential prerequisite for economic and social development. Electricity is used in almost all aspects of daily life due to its high flexibility of use. From lighting and cooling homes and offices, to running factories and machinery, and powering electric vehicles, electricity is a major driver of modern society.

The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of electricity as a form of energy, its generation, transmission and use. To this end, the necessary systems and components as well as their interaction in one of the largest technical systems in the world, the interconnected power grid, will be presented.

This includes in particular:

- Electricity as a form of energy
- Electricity generation and storage
- Loads
- Transmission components (overhead lines, cables, substations)
- Protection technology
- Grid operation
- HVDC and power electronics for the power grids of the future
- Energy transition and current challenges
Prerequisites / NoticeEnrolement only for students in Geospatial Engineering.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Project Managementfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersT. Schultz, S. Hedtke
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 20 minutes
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

No public learning materials available.
Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupGeospatial Engineering BSc (107000)

Offered in

Geospatial Engineering BachelorNetwork InfrastructureWInformation