Basic Operations of Energy Technology


Please note for summer semester 2020:

This lecture will take place in summer semester 2020. Due to the restrictions caused by the corona pandemic, we are currently working on a digital teaching concept. The topics of the lecture will be made available as online materials with videos in RWTHmoodle as far as possible. The exercise will also be implemented via online materials and zoom meetings. Both events will be further supported by an exchange in RWTHmoodle.

Further information will be announced via RWTHmoodle.

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The law of conservation of energy means that the total amount of energy in an isolated system remains constant over time. Energy can be of different forms but can neither be created nor destroyed. The different energy forms can be transferred into one another by conversion processes.

After an introduction into the basics of energy transformation, the lecture focusses on three main topics: combustion, heat transfer and energy conversion machinery. Different appliances for energy conversion like boilers, heat pumps, heat exchangers and engines (e.g. pumps and compressors) will be explained and calculated. References to applications in building technology will be made.



  • Energy ressources, consumption and conversion processes
  • Principles of combustion technology, pollutant formation
  • Heat pumps, refrigerating machines, combined cycles
  • Heat exchangers, evaporators, condensers
  • Fluid energy machinery (pumps, fans, turbines, piston engines, …)

The lecture "Basic Operations of Energy Technology" is funded by quality improvement funds. The contact person for the use of quality improvement funds at our institute is Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rita Streblow. Further information regarding the use of quality improvement funds in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering can be found on the website of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.



Basic Operations of Energy Technology



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