This course covers
* the global energy challenges and scenarios for the 21st century and the need for energy transitions
* the three perspectives on national energy transitions (techno-economic, socio-technical and political)
* comparative examples of national energy transitions (Germany and Japan as well as selected developing countries as case-studies)
* an overview of key energy supply technologies: renewables, fossils and nuclear
* net-zero energy systems
The course serves both as a step to Sustainable Energy Transitions course in Winter Semester and for those who would like to receive a broad understanding of contemporary issues in sustainable energy and its impacts on climate.