Wednesday – Midweek in Mittweida
Starting early today, (actually not, but a regular sleep schedule is hard to keep when lecture times are different for each day and change every six months). Coming up first is a lecture (actually two) called “Technik, Umwelt, Nachhaltigkeit” (Technology, Environment, Sustainability). This might sound like three random words just thrown into one name, and it might sound odd, but that’s what this lecture is in the end. You are told about basically everything dealing with these keywords. As I said earlier, the degree programme is also about developing a different kind of view on things, and that’s what this course is all about. You might not be able to remember everything, but that’s not too important. It’s about understanding the whole picture. Energy Efficiency & Englishes and the German degree programme “Energie- und Umweltmanagement” in Mittweida are supposed to educate people who will take up management positions or others seeking knowledge on how to improve energy efficiency and save the environment. To do that, you need to understand what you’re doing. That means doing more than just saying that saving our climate is important, because it doesn’t stop there. To give you an example about what we’re taught about, today, we watched a film about emissions in the US and the impact on their economy; the film also covered the climate-change denier phenomenon and the importance of reducing carbon emissions.
Onto the theoretical half of the practical Electric Engineering course from Monday. As the name implies, we learn about electric components, this time on a larger scale, however. So for instance, we learn about how high-tension power lines are constructed, about our electricity grid in Germany and how different kinds of power plants affect it. There are also a lot of downsides to this proliferation of energy-guzzling cables and components. We learn that even renewable energy sources also affect the environment. In fact, not everyone agrees with expanding the grid. Handling such concerns will be important in our future jobs.
(Bachelor Energy Efficiency, 2nd semester)