# Search result: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Energy Science and Technology Master | ||||||

Master Studies (Programme Regulations 2018) | ||||||

Core Courses At least two core courses must be passed in each area. All students must participate in the course offered in the area "Interdisciplinary Energy Management" | ||||||

Electrical Power Engineering | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |
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227-0530-00L | Optimization in Energy Systems | W | 6 credits | 4G | G. Hug | |

Abstract | The course covers various aspects of optimization with a focus on applications to energy networks and scheduling of hydro power. Throughout the course, concepts from optimization theory are introduced followed by practical applications of the discussed approaches. | |||||

Learning objective | After this class, the students should have a good handle on how to approach a research question which involves optimization and implement and solve the resulting optimization problem by choosing appropriate tools. | |||||

Content | In our everyday’s life, we always try to take the decision which results in the best outcome. But how do we know what the best outcome will be? What are the actions leading to this optimal outcome? What are the constraints? These questions also have to be answered when controlling a system such as energy systems. Optimization theory provides the opportunity to find the answers by using mathematical formulation and solution of an optimization problem. The course covers various aspects of optimization with a focus on applications to energy networks. Throughout the course, concepts from optimization theory are introduced followed by practical applications of the discussed approaches. The applications are focused on 1) the Optimal Power Flow problem which is formulated and solved to find optimal device settings in the electric power grid and 2) the scheduling problem of hydro power plants which in many countries, including Switzerland, dominate the electric power generation. On the theoretical side, the formulation and solving of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems, multi-time step optimization, stochastic optimization including probabilistic constraints and decomposed optimization (Lagrangian and Benders decomposition) are discussed. | |||||

Energy Flows and Processes | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

151-0060-00L | Thermodynamics and Transport Phenomena in Nanotechnology | W | 4 credits | 2V + 2U | T. M. Schutzius | |

Abstract | The lecture deals with thermodynamics and transport phenomena in nano- and microscale systems. Typical areas of applications are microelectronics manufacturing and cooling, manufacturing of novel materials and coatings, surface technologies, wetting phenomena and related technologies, and micro- and nanosystems and devices. | |||||

Learning objective | The student will acquire fundamental knowledge of micro and nanoscale interfacial thermofluidics including light interaction with surfaces. Furthermore, the student will be exposed to a host of applications ranging from superhydrophobic surfaces and microelectronics cooling to solar energy, all of which will be discussed in the context of the course. | |||||

Content | Thermodynamic aspects of intermolecular forces; Interfacial phenomena; Surface tension; Wettability and contact angle; Wettability of Micro/Nanoscale textured surfaces: superhydrophobicity and superhydrophilicity. Physics of micro- and nanofluidics. Principles of thermoplasmonics and applications. | |||||

Lecture notes | yes | |||||

Energy Economics and Policy | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

363-0514-00L | Energy Economics and PolicyIt is recommended for students to have taken a course in introductory microeconomics. If not, they should be familiar with microeconomics as in, for example,"Microeconomics" by Mankiw & Taylor and the appendices 4 and 7 of the book "Microeconomics" by Pindyck & Rubinfeld. | W | 3 credits | 2G | M. Filippini | |

Abstract | An introduction to energy economics and policy that covers the following topics: energy demand, economics of energy efficiency, investments and cost analysis, energy markets (fossil fuels,electricity and renewable energy sources), market failures and behavioral anomalies, market-based and non-market based energy policy instruments and regulation of energy industries. | |||||

Learning objective | The students will develop the understanding of economic principles and tools necessary to analyze energy issues and to formulate energy policy instruments. Emphasis will be put on empirical analysis of energy demand and supply, market failures, behavioral anomalies, energy policy instruments, investments in power plants and in energy efficiency technologies and the reform of the electric power sector. | |||||

Content | The course provides an introduction to energy economics principles and policy applications. The first part of the course will introduce the microeconomic foundation of energy demand and supply as well as market failures and behavioral anomalies. In a second part, we introduce the concept of investment analysis (such as the NPV), in the context of energy efficient investments. In the last part, we use the previously introduced concepts to analyze energy policies: from a government perspective, we discuss the mechanisms and implications of market oriented and non-market oriented policy instruments as well as the regulation of energy industries. Throughout the entire class, we combine the course material with insights from current research in energy economics. This combination will enable students to understand standard scientific literature in the field of energy economics. Moreover, the class aims to show students how to put real life situations in the energy sector in the context of insights from energy economics. During the first part of the course a set of environmental and resource economics tools will be given to students through lectures. The applied nature of the course is achieved by discussing several papers in a seminar. To this respect, students are required to work in groups in order to prepare a presentation of a paper. The evaluation policy is designed to verify the knowledge acquired by students during the course. For this purpose, a short group presentation will be graded. At the end of the course there will be a written exam covering the topics of the course. The final grade is obtained by averaging the presentation (20%) and the final exam (80%). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | It is recommended for students to have taken a course in introductory microeconomics. If not, they should be familiar with microeconomics as in, for example, "Microeconomics" by Mankiw & Taylor and the appendices 4 and 7 of the book "Microeconomics" by Pindyck & Rubinfeld. | |||||

363-1115-00L | Energy Innovation and Management | W | 3 credits | 1V | A. Stephan, G. Mavromatidis | |

Abstract | Fundamental changes in the energy sector, such as more decentralized energy production, challenge the existing business models of organizations such as utilities or technology providers. This course adopts quantitative and qualitative approaches to explore innovation and managerial, organizational and decision-making aspects in the energy sector for the transition to a low-carbon energy system. | |||||

Learning objective | After completing the course, students will be able to: • Understand the challenges occurring in the energy sector and that companies (in or relying on the energy sector) are facing • Understand the basics of managerial/organizational aspects in the energy sector with a particular focus on energy innovations • Identify and use the appropriate quantitative energy tools for strategic decision-making in the energy sector | |||||

Content | This course explores innovation and managerial, organizational and decision-making aspects in the energy sector for the transition towards a low-carbon energy system. The course is split in two parts with a quantitative and a qualitative focus, respectively. In the first part, students will learn about aspects such as the financial valuation of energy investment decisions and the ways that quantitative energy models of different types can be used to assist with strategic decision-making in the energy sector. Students will be introduced to two types of models: (1) techno-economic analyses of renewable energy generation and storage technologies, and (2) an energy market game which simulates the behavior of utilities in an electricity market. This part of the course will include individual and group assignments. In the second part, guided by questions like “how does the energy industry change and why” or “how would you make the decision if you were the head of a utility”, the students will understand how firms manage innovations and why they can be difficult to manage even for established firms in the energy sector. This part of the course will be guided as an interactive case study. | |||||

Interdisciplinary Energy Management | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

227-1631-20L | Case Studies: Energy Systems and Technology: Part 2 Only for Energy Science and Technology MSc. | O | 2 credits | 4G | C. Franck, C. Schaffner | |

Abstract | This course will allow the students to get an interdisciplinary overview of the “Energy” topic. It will explore the challenges to build a sustainable energy system for the future. This will be done through the means of case studies that the students have to work on. These case studies will be provided by industry partners. | |||||

Learning objective | The students will understand the different aspects involved in designing solutions for a sustainable future energy system. They will have experience in collaborating in interdisciplinary teams. They will have an understanding on how industry is approaching new solutions. | |||||

Lecture notes | Descriptions of case studies. | |||||

Electives | ||||||

» Electives can be found here. | ||||||

Semester Project For MEST students enrolled under the 2018 regulations | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

227-1101-00L | How to Write Scientific TextsStrongly recommended prerequisite for Semester Projects and Master Theses at D-ITET (MSc BME, MSc EEIT, MSc EST). | E- | 0 credits | U. Koch | ||

Abstract | The four hour lecture covers the basics of writing and presenting of scientific work. The focus will be on the structure and the main elements of a scientific text rather than the language. Citation rules, good practice of scientific writing and an overview on software tools will be part of the training. | |||||

Learning objective | Knowledge on structure and content of a scientific text. Stimulation of a discussion on how to write a scientific text versus an interesting novel. Discussion of the practice of proper citing and critical reflection on recent plagiarism allegations. | |||||

Content | * Topic 1: Structure of a Scientific Text (title, author list, abstract, state-of-the-art, "in this paper" paragraph, scientific part, summary, equations, figures) * Topic 2: Power Point Presentations * Topic 3: Citation Rules and Citation Software * Topic 4: Guidelines for Research Integrity The lecture will be given in two parts on two afternoons. Some exercises will be built into the lecture. | |||||

Literature | ETH "Citation Etiquette", see www.plagiate.ethz.ch. ETH Guidlines on "Guidelines for Research Integrity", see Link | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Students should already have a Bachelor degree and plan to do either a semester project or a master thesis in the immediate future. | |||||

227-1671-10L | Semester ProjectOnly for MEST students enrolled under the 2018 regulations | O | 12 credits | 20A | Supervisors | |

Abstract | The semester project is designed to train the students in solving specific problems from the field of Energy Science & Technology. This project uses the technical and social skills acquired during the master's program. The semester project ist advised by a professor and must be approved in advance by the tutor. | |||||

Learning objective | see above | |||||

Internship in Industry For MEST students enrolled under the 2018 regulations | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

227-1650-10L | Internship in Industry Only for MEST students enrolled under the 2018 regulations | O | 12 credits | external organisers | ||

Abstract | The main objective of the 12-week internship is to expose master's students to the industrial work environment. During this period, students have the opportunity to be involved in on-going projects at the host institution. | |||||

Learning objective | see above | |||||

Master Studies (Programme Regulations 2007) | ||||||

Core Subjects | ||||||

Compulsory Core Courses | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

363-0514-00L | Energy Economics and PolicyIt is recommended for students to have taken a course in introductory microeconomics. If not, they should be familiar with microeconomics as in, for example,"Microeconomics" by Mankiw & Taylor and the appendices 4 and 7 of the book "Microeconomics" by Pindyck & Rubinfeld. | O | 3 credits | 2G | M. Filippini | |

Abstract | An introduction to energy economics and policy that covers the following topics: energy demand, economics of energy efficiency, investments and cost analysis, energy markets (fossil fuels,electricity and renewable energy sources), market failures and behavioral anomalies, market-based and non-market based energy policy instruments and regulation of energy industries. | |||||

Learning objective | The students will develop the understanding of economic principles and tools necessary to analyze energy issues and to formulate energy policy instruments. Emphasis will be put on empirical analysis of energy demand and supply, market failures, behavioral anomalies, energy policy instruments, investments in power plants and in energy efficiency technologies and the reform of the electric power sector. | |||||

Content | The course provides an introduction to energy economics principles and policy applications. The first part of the course will introduce the microeconomic foundation of energy demand and supply as well as market failures and behavioral anomalies. In a second part, we introduce the concept of investment analysis (such as the NPV), in the context of energy efficient investments. In the last part, we use the previously introduced concepts to analyze energy policies: from a government perspective, we discuss the mechanisms and implications of market oriented and non-market oriented policy instruments as well as the regulation of energy industries. Throughout the entire class, we combine the course material with insights from current research in energy economics. This combination will enable students to understand standard scientific literature in the field of energy economics. Moreover, the class aims to show students how to put real life situations in the energy sector in the context of insights from energy economics. During the first part of the course a set of environmental and resource economics tools will be given to students through lectures. The applied nature of the course is achieved by discussing several papers in a seminar. To this respect, students are required to work in groups in order to prepare a presentation of a paper. The evaluation policy is designed to verify the knowledge acquired by students during the course. For this purpose, a short group presentation will be graded. At the end of the course there will be a written exam covering the topics of the course. The final grade is obtained by averaging the presentation (20%) and the final exam (80%). | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | It is recommended for students to have taken a course in introductory microeconomics. If not, they should be familiar with microeconomics as in, for example, "Microeconomics" by Mankiw & Taylor and the appendices 4 and 7 of the book "Microeconomics" by Pindyck & Rubinfeld. | |||||

Elective Core Courses | ||||||

» Elective core courses can be found here. | ||||||

Multidisciplinary Courses With the consent of the tutor, the students are free to choose individually from the entire course offer of ETH Zürich. | ||||||

» Course Catalogue of ETH Zurich | ||||||

Semester Project For MEST students enrolled under the 2007 regulations | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

227-1671-00L | Semester ProjectOnly for MEST students enrolled under the 2007 regulations | O | 8 credits | 20A | Supervisors | |

Abstract | The semester project is designed to train the students in solving specific problems from the field of Energy Science & Technology. This project uses the technical and social skills acquired during the master's program. The semester project ist advised by a professor and must be approved in advance by the tutor. | |||||

Learning objective | see above | |||||

227-1101-00L | How to Write Scientific TextsStrongly recommended prerequisite for Semester Projects and Master Theses at D-ITET (MSc BME, MSc EEIT, MSc EST). | E- | 0 credits | U. Koch | ||

Abstract | The four hour lecture covers the basics of writing and presenting of scientific work. The focus will be on the structure and the main elements of a scientific text rather than the language. Citation rules, good practice of scientific writing and an overview on software tools will be part of the training. | |||||

Learning objective | Knowledge on structure and content of a scientific text. Stimulation of a discussion on how to write a scientific text versus an interesting novel. Discussion of the practice of proper citing and critical reflection on recent plagiarism allegations. | |||||

Content | * Topic 1: Structure of a Scientific Text (title, author list, abstract, state-of-the-art, "in this paper" paragraph, scientific part, summary, equations, figures) * Topic 2: Power Point Presentations * Topic 3: Citation Rules and Citation Software * Topic 4: Guidelines for Research Integrity The lecture will be given in two parts on two afternoons. Some exercises will be built into the lecture. | |||||

Literature | ETH "Citation Etiquette", see www.plagiate.ethz.ch. ETH Guidlines on "Guidelines for Research Integrity", see Link | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Students should already have a Bachelor degree and plan to do either a semester project or a master thesis in the immediate future. | |||||

Industrial Internship For MEST students enrolled under the 2007 regulations | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

227-1650-00L | Internship in Industry Only for MEST students enrolled under the 2007 regulations | O | 8 credits | external organisers | ||

Abstract | The main objective of the 12-week internship is to expose master's students to the industrial work environment. During this period, students have the opportunity to be involved in on-going projects at the host institution. | |||||

Learning objective | see above | |||||

Electives - Elective Core Courses for the 2007 MEST regulations - Electives for the 2018 MEST regulations These courses are particularly recommended, other ETH-courses from the field of Energy Science and Technology at large may be chosen in accordance with your tutor. | ||||||

Electrical Power Engineering | ||||||

Number | Title | Type | ECTS | Hours | Lecturers | |

227-0117-10L | Experimental Techniques | W | 6 credits | 4G | C. Franck, H.‑J. Weber | |

Abstract | This lecture is an introduction to experimental and measurement techniques. The course is designed with practical relevance in mind and comprises several laboratory modules where the students perform, evaluate and document experiments. The taught topics are of relevance for all electrical engineering disciplines, in this course they are taught with examples of high-voltage engineering. | |||||

Learning objective | At the end of this lecture, the students will be able to: - perform basic practical laboratory experiments and record data, in particular with an oscilloscope. - take a meaningful Lab Notebook, write a clear measurement evaluation protocol, and can estimate the accuracy and precision of the evaluated data. - can explain the main reasons for electromagnetic interference and propose measures to avoid or reduce these interferences. - Explain and use different methods to generate and measure high voltages and calculate basic relevant relations. | |||||

Content | - Messtechnik, Messunsicherheit, Messprotokolle - Erzeugung und Messung hoher Spannungen - Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit - Laborpraktika | |||||

Lecture notes | Vorlesungsunterlagen | |||||

Literature | J. Hoffmann, Taschenbuch der Messtechnik, Carl Hanser Verlag, 7. Auflage, 2015 (ISBN: 978-3446442719) A. Küchler, Hochspannungstechnik, Springer Berlin, 4. Auflage, 2017 (ISBN: 978-3662546994) A. Schwab, Elektromagnetische Verträglichkeit, Springer Verlag, 6. Auflage, 2010 (ISBN: 978-3642166099) | |||||

227-0248-00L | Power Electronic Systems II | W | 6 credits | 4G | J. W. Kolar | |

Abstract | This course details structures, operating ranges, and control concepts of modern power electronic systems to provide a deeper understanding of power electronic circuits and power components. Most recent concepts of high switching frequency AC/DC converters and AC/AC matrix inverters are presented. Simulation exercises, implemented in GeckoCIRCUITS, are used to consolidate the concepts discussed. | |||||

Learning objective | The objective of this course is to convey knowledge of structures, operating ranges, and control concepts of modern power electronic systems. Further objectives are: to know most recent concepts and operation modes of high switching frequency AC/DC converters and AC/AC matrix inverters; to develop a deeper understanding of multi-pulse power converter circuits, transformers, and electromechanical energy converters; and to understand in-depth details of power electronic systems. Simulation exercises, implemented in the electric circuit simulator GeckoCIRCUITS, are used to consolidate the presented theoretical concepts. | |||||

Content | Converter dynamics and control: State Space Averaging, transfer functions, controller design, impact of the input filter on the converter transfer functions. Performance data of single-phase and three-phase systems: effect of different loss components on the efficiency characteristics, linear and non-linear single phase loads, power flow of general three-phase systems, space vector calculus. Modeling and control of three-phase PWM rectifiers: system characterization using rotating coordinates, control structure, transfer functions, operation with symmetrical and unsymmetrical mains voltages. Scaling laws of transformers and electromechanical actuators. Drives with permanent magnet synchronous machines: basic function, modeling, field-oriented control. Unidirectional AC/DC converters and AC/AC converters: voltage and current DC link converters, indirect and direct matrix converters. | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture notes and associated exercises including correct answers, simulation program for interactive self-learning including visualization/animation features. | |||||

Prerequisites / Notice | Prerequisites: Introductory course on power electronics. | |||||

227-0528-00L | Power System Dynamics, Control and Operation | W | 6 credits | 4G | G. Hug | |

Abstract | The electric power system is a system that is never in steady state due to constant changes in load and generation inputs. This course is dedicated to the dynamical properties of the electric power grid including how the system state is estimated, generation/load balance is ensured by frequency control and how the system reacts in case of faults in the system. The course includes two excursions. | |||||

Learning objective | The learning objectives of the course are to understand and be able to apply the dynamic modeling of power systems, to compute and discuss the actions of generators based on frequency control, to describe the workings of a synchronous machine and the implications on the grid, to describe and apply state estimation procedures, to discuss the IT infrastructure and protection algorithms in power systems. | |||||

Content | The electric power system is a system that is never in steady state due to constant changes in load and generation inputs. Consequently, the monitoring and operation of the electric power grid is a challenging task. The course starts with the introduction of general operational procedures and the discussion of state estimation which is an important tool to observe the state of the grid. The course is then dedicated to the modeling and studying of the dynamical properties of the electric power grid. Frequency control which ensures the generation/load balance in real time is the basis for real-time control and is presented in depth. For the analysis of how the system detects and reacts dynamically in fault situations, protection and dynamic models for synchronous machines are introduced. | |||||

Lecture notes | Lecture notes. WWW pages. | |||||

227-0530-00L | Optimization in Energy Systems | W | 6 credits | 4G | G. Hug | |

Abstract | The course covers various aspects of optimization with a focus on applications to energy networks and scheduling of hydro power. Throughout the course, concepts from optimization theory are introduced followed by practical applications of the discussed approaches. | |||||

Learning objective | After this class, the students should have a good handle on how to approach a research question which involves optimization and implement and solve the resulting optimization problem by choosing appropriate tools. | |||||

Content | In our everyday’s life, we always try to take the decision which results in the best outcome. But how do we know what the best outcome will be? What are the actions leading to this optimal outcome? What are the constraints? These questions also have to be answered when controlling a system such as energy systems. Optimization theory provides the opportunity to find the answers by using mathematical formulation and solution of an optimization problem. The course covers various aspects of optimization with a focus on applications to energy networks. Throughout the course, concepts from optimization theory are introduced followed by practical applications of the discussed approaches. The applications are focused on 1) the Optimal Power Flow problem which is formulated and solved to find optimal device settings in the electric power grid and 2) the scheduling problem of hydro power plants which in many countries, including Switzerland, dominate the electric power generation. On the theoretical side, the formulation and solving of unconstrained and constrained optimization problems, multi-time step optimization, stochastic optimization including probabilistic constraints and decomposed optimization (Lagrangian and Benders decomposition) are discussed. | |||||

227-0536-00L | Multiphysics Simulations for Power Systems This course is defined so and planned to be an addition to the module "227-0537-00L Technology of Electric Power System Components". However, the students who are familiar with the fundamentals of electromagnetic fields could attend only this course without its 227-0537-00-complement. | W | 4 credits | 2V + 2U | J. Smajic | |

Abstract | The goals of this course are a) understanding the fundamentals of the electromagnetic, thermal, mechanical, and coupled field simulations and b) performing effective simulations of primary equipment of electric power systems. The course is understood complementary to 227-0537-00L "Technology of Electric Power System Components", but can also be taken separately. | |||||

Learning objective | The student should learn the fundamentals of the electromagnetic, thermal, mechanical, and coupled fields simulations necessary for modern product development and research based on virtual prototyping. She / he should also learn the theoretical background of the finite element method (FEM) and its application to low- and high-frequency electromagnetic field simulation problems. The practical exercises of the course should be done by using one of the commercially available field simulation software (Infolytica, ANSYS, and / or COMSOL). After completing the course the student should be able to properly and efficiently use the software to simulate practical design problems and to understand and interpret the obtained results. | |||||

Content | 1. Elektromagnetic Fields and Waves: Simulation Aspects (1 lecture, 2 hours) a. Short review of the governing equations b. Boundary conditions c. Initial conditions d. Linear and nonlinear material properties e. Coupled fields (electro-mechanical and electro-thermal coupling) 2. Finite Element Method for elektromagnetic simulations (5 lectures and 3 exercises, 16 hours) a. Scalar-FEM in 2-D (electrostatic, magnetostatic, eddy-currents, etc.) b. Vector-FEM in 3-D (3-D eddy-currents, wave propagation, etc.) c. Numerical aspects of the analysis (convergence, linear solvers, preconditioning, mesh quality, etc.) d. Matlab code for 2-D FEM for learning and experimenting 3. Practical applications (5 lectures and 5 exercises, 20 hours) a. Dielectric analysis of high-voltage equipment b. Nonlinear quasi-electrostatic analysis of surge arresters c. Eddy-currents analysis of power transformers d. Electromagnetic analysis of electric machines e. Very fast transients in gas insulated switchgears (GIS) f. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) |

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