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Elective: Energy Meteorology (compact course)
Identification number

90 h

Term of studying
2. or 3. Semester
Frequency of

On special announcement

1 semester
1 Type of lessons

Contact times
40 h

Self-study times
50 h

Intended group size

Aims of the module and acquired skills

  • Understanding the meteorological requirements and conditions for a meaningful generation of electricity from wind and solar power
  • Gaining insight into the operation of an electrical grid with weather-dependent renewable energies

Contents of the module

  • Physical basics of energy supply
  • Economic and regulatory framework in the energy system
  • On- and off-shore wind parks
  • Photovoltaic and concentrating solar thermal energy systems
  • Site auditing – including complex terrain and cloudy and aerosol-loaded locations for wind and solar technologies
  • Wind and solar forecasting – deterministic and probabilistic approaches
  • Possible impact of climate change
4 Teaching/Learning methods

Lectures (block course)
5 Requirements for participation

Formal: None

Undergraduate knowledge of meteorology (e.g. atmospheric dynamics, boundary layer physics, radiation, remote sensing) is presupposed.


Type of module examinations

Oral examination (graded)


Requisites for the allocation of credits

Passing the examination.

The module mark is the mark of the examination.

A failed examination may be repeated twice. Additional possibilities to repeat an examination exist according to the examination regulation (§ 20 section1).

8 Compatibility with other Curricula
  • Other modules of equal value can be admitted and announced by the examination board after agreement.
  • Suitable as an elective course for mathematics, physics and geoscience students
9 Significance of the module mark for the overall grade

This module contributes with 3 CP to the elective area.
10 Module coordinator

Stefan Emeis

Additional information

Recommended literature:

Emeis, S., Wind Energy Meteorology, Springer, 2012

Kaltschmitt, M., W. Streicher, A. Wiese (Eds.), Erneuerbare Energien - Systemtechnik, Wirtschaftlichkeit, Umweltaspekte. 5th edition, Springer, 2013

Heinemann, D. (Ed.), 2015: Meteorologische Aspekte der Nutzung erneuerbarer Energien. promet 39(3/4), 133-244.

van Kuik, G.A.M. + 26 co-authors, 2016: Long-term research challenges in wind energy – a research agenda by the European Academy of Wind Energy. Wind Energ. Sci., 1, 1-39. DOI: 10.5194/wes-1-1- 2016 (Open Access)

Jan Kleissl; Solar Energy Forecasting and Resource Assessment, Elsevier

M. Sengupta, A. Habte, S. Kurtz, A. Dobos, S. Wilbert, E. Lorenz, T. Stoffel, D. Renné, D. Myers, S. Wilcox, P. Blanc, and R. Perez, Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications, Technical Report, NREL/TP-5D00-63112, prepared in collaboration with the International Energy Agency, Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 36 and 46 (open access)