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Desalination & Renewable Energies

Summer University On-Campus: August 15th - August 26th, 2022

3 ECTS credit points, max. 22 participants

Registration Deadline: July 18th, 2022



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:

The 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
  • Understand technical solutions for seawater desalination systems, in specific reverse osmosis (RO) technology
  • Analyze economic and environmental boundary conditions of the specific selected site
  • Dimension a PV system and know its components
  • Dimension a wind power plant and know its components
  • Dimension a RO unit to desalinate water


Course Components:


  • Introduction to RE technologies like PV, Wind, CSP, Biomass
  • Introduction to desalination technology, salt chemistry, water and salt balances (incl. ion balances), water quality
  • Hybridization options, combinations, cogeneration   


  • Design and calculation of RO systems, concentration of sea water by RO and evaporation


  • Desalination of a sodium chloride solution with an initial concentration of 1 wt % by reverse osmosis in pilot-scale
  • Determination and calculation of relevant operating parameters used for the design of an large-scale desalination unit (case study)
  • Duration of experiment: 4 hours
  • Number of students per group: max. 5



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.

Please note this is a full-time, intensive course and participants will be expected to attend lectures (22 hours of class per week) and complete independent study Monday through Friday. Additional study may also be required on weekends. The activities of the cultural program are also shown in the syllabus.

    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.

    The students should be on a master level, preferably from mechanical, electrical or power engineering. Simultaneously, also students of water and environmental sciences are very welcome to apply.


    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.

    It is recommended for students to bring their own laptop to fully participate in the course.

    The students should hold a Bachelor degree of the above mentioned study fields. Due to the experimental work, laboratory experience is advantageous.


    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

    Course fees for Renewable Energies and Desalination are as follows:

    Student: 950 Euro

    Working professional/Non-student: 1140 Euro

    The early bird discount is available for all participants until March 1st 2022.

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

    Summer University On-Campus: August 15th - August 26th, 2022

    3 ECTS credit points


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