|Semester||Semester 9 – Fall|
Introduction to alternative and renewable energy, including biomass, geothermal, wind, solar and tidal power. Examination of nuclear energy and the specific technical, environmental and political issues that surround it as well as the different methods of energy carriers (electricity, gas, hydrogen). Introduction to the physical principles of nuclear power stations with emphasis on neutronics and thermal-hydraulic characteristics of a nuclear power plant, heat dissipation and energy production, types and components of nuclear power stations, nuclear waste and management of used fuel, safety, security and accident analysis, radiation protection and radiation effects in the environment and humans.
Energy physics and analysis of energy accidents (Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, Fukushima) and impact on distribution of energy resources. Comparison of alternative energy resources and latest technological developments (e.g. fusion).
The basic concepts of applied thermodynamics are examined and discussed which is useful in shaping evaluation measures for alternative and renewable energy policy, planning, operation and decommissioning.
This course is a basic introductory course on the concepts and structure of alternative energy resources. The material of the course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of alternative energy resources, the structure of alternative energy resources, applied thermodynamics, the operating characteristics, connection to the environment and analysis and models of basic components of alternative energy resources.
It also refers to introductory concepts of power systems, including production and consumption, so that the student will acquire an overall understanding of the procedures and methodologies for analyzing and resolving an alternative energy system. In this sense, the course is the basis on which specific methodologies and techniques of power systems stability are developed in individual special courses.
Finally, the aim of the course is to promote understanding of the importance of alternative energy resources.
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
- understand the basic and critical characteristics of alternative energy resources, their connection with the overall production, transmission and distribution of electrical energy.
- apply tools and techniques to analyze and alternative energy resources
- Analyze and calculate the basic elements of alternative energy resources.
- Work with the fellow students to create and present a team project in an alternative energy resources study including system analysis, stability, and basic mathematical models