The module content allows students to
1) Appreciate the role of electric power in the modern world
– Size of the industry
2) Understand current power demands and projected increase
– Geographic location
– Seasonal and daily variations
3) Learn different generation technologies
– Physical and engineering aspects
– Economy and cost
– Impact on environment
– Political vector
Aims and Objectives
Knowledge and Understanding
Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- To understand concepts about the production of electric power through different technologies
- To become familiar with economical, ecological, political and management aspects of power generation
- To appreciate environmental impact of power generation
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- To make a comprehensive comparison of possible solutions of power generation in particular circumstances
- To predict efficiencies of gas turbine and steam plants
- To design cost-effective solutions based on combine heat and power (CHP) technology
- To suggest optimal emission control measures for gas turbine and coal-fired plants
– Technologies (fossil fuel, nuclear, renewables, ...)
– Energy in the society
– Resources availability
– Technological costs
– Impact on the environment
– Political independence
Energy from the environment
– Designs and performance
– Technologies (turbines, boilers, condensers, pumps, etc)
– Thermodynamic efficiency
– Engineering design
– Capital costs and fuel prices
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and example classes every week.
Group project on development of power generation strategy .
Visit to Marchwood Power station.
|Completion of assessment task||40|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||12|
|Wider reading or practice||10|
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Y. A. Cengel, M. A. Boles (2007). Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
R. Decher (1994). Energy Conversion - Systems, Flow Physics and Engineering. Oxford University Press.
P. Breeze (2005). Power generation technologies. Oxford: Newnes.
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
An internal repeat is where you take all of your modules again, including any you passed. An external repeat is where you only re-take the modules you failed.
Repeat type: Internal & External