Urban Energy Flows


The target of the module is to understand energy needs and demands in complex urban systems, to understand a city as a system and the role of energy as the driving force of it, energy models and balances and dynamics and interdependencies of energy demand and supply sides in urban contexts.
Previous knowledge for the participation of the course is the awareness of energy needs in cities and of urban and architectural planning and building procedures. The ability of making simple calculation approaches, of constructing energy balances for different fields of energy use and of the assessment of magnitudes of energy end uses will be developed and improved.               
The course gives an introduction into energy flows in cities and into providing data on energy qualities and quantities. It imparts the basics on energy demand and supply, energy use due to comfort needs in residential and non residential buildings, energy demand due to use of electrical devices in residential and non residential buildings, energy demand due to mobility needs and energy demand of public services. Other subjects are interdependencies between different energy systems/grids, the use of renewable energies in an urban environment and the modelling and visualisation of urban energy flows.
Methods to define priorities in urban energy saving strategies will also be discussed in this lecture.


The students have to deliver a semester work. They are asked for a successful completion of a student report and an oral presentation. Regular participation in the lecture is expected.