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Desalination & Renewable Energies

Summer University Online: July 5th - 16th, 2021

3 ECTS credit points, max. 22 participants

Registration is now closed

Details on the summer 2022 program will be published soon!



The 2022 summer program will be published soon!

Due to the challenges of the climate change as well as energy and water scarcity, the development of advanced technical solutions under specific local boundary conditions becomes urgently necessary. The chair of environmental process engineering offers a new course focusing on sustainable solutions for energy generation and water desalination based on economic, ecologic and social dimension which has been developed with Jordanian and Tunisian universities. In addition, aspects and challenges in terms of integrated water resource management (IWRM), supply and demand, water quality and reuse are discussed.

The course includes a theoretical introduction for the conversion of renewable energies and design of desalination technologies. The participants will work on case studies in teams on a specific technology combination. The results will be presented in teams and discussed with all participants.

Learning Goals & Syllabus

Learning Goals:

Upon completion of the course students should be able:

  • To understand how the conversion of renewable energies like wind power or sunlight takes place in wind power plants, photovoltaic cells (PV) or concentrating solar systems
  • To understand technical solutions for seawater desalination systems, in specific reverse osmosis (RO) technology
  • To analyze economic and environmental boundary conditions of the specific selected site
  • To dimension a PV system and know its components
  • To dimension a wind power plant and know its components
  • To dimension a RO unit to desalinate water


Course Structure:

Reading week: June 28th - July 2nd, 2021. Flexible, 5 hours preparatory work to be done on-demand.

Online course: July 5th - July 16th, 2021. Estimated session times are Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm CET for live lectures and group sessions, etc.

Please note that exact session times will be confirmed once registrations have closed (sessions will be scheduled according to the time zones of the registered course participants).

Should you have any questions regarding the course timetable, please contact us at summeruniversity@tubs.de

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course. Weeks 1 and 2 will involve approximately 30 hours of workload.



A detailed syllabus with information on the schedule will be made available to registered participants.

You may find the syllabus useful when discussing with your home university whether the ECTS credits attainable for this course are accepted by them.

    Target Audience

    This course is designed for current university students, working professionals and any individuals with an interest in learning about the conversion of renewable energies and desalination technologies.

    Participants from all fields and disciplines are welcome.

    Prerequisites and Technical Requirements

    Participants of the TU Berlin Summer & Winter University must meet the following requirements: (i) B2 level English, or equivalent and (ii) at least one year of university experience. Working professionals are also welcome to take part in the program.

    The course requires that you have basic knowledge in mechanical, electrical or power engineering. Students of water and environmental sciences are welcome to apply.

    Technical Requirements

    We will ask participants to fulfill the following technical requirements:

    • Fully functional device (laptop, tablet, PC)
    • Stable internet connection
    • Software: Zoom (App installed on desktop or over browser. Participants are requested to use their real name as zoom account name)
    • Recommended: external headset for better sound quality


    Dr.-Ing. Gesine Götz is a research assistant and lecturer at the Chair of Environmental Process Engineering in the Technical University of Berlin.

    Her research interests lie in the field of waste water recycling in the beverage and textile industry, recovery of valuable materials from waste water as well as optimization of membrane separation processes.

    Dr.-Ing. Johannes Wellmann is a research assistant and lecturer at the Chair of Environmental Process Engineering in the Technical University of Berlin.

    His research interests lie in the area of concentrate treatment from water treatment plants, renewable energy and seawater desalination, concentrating solar power plants (CSP), thermal desalination plants as well as zero Liquid Discharge.

    Course fees

    Registration for this course has now closed.

    Course fees for Renewable Energies and Desalination are as follows:

    Student: 720 Euro

    Working professional/Non-student: 1120 Euro

    The early bird discount is available for all participants until April 1st 2021.

    Please note that students will be required to upload proof of their student status (student card/ enrollment information) during the registration process.

    Summer University Online: July 5th - 16th, 2021

    3 ECTS credit points

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