The University of Southampton

FEEG6028 Global Energy Systems

Module Overview

This course will introduce students to the energy industry and its structure. The course starts with a description of the structure of the international energy industry and fossil fuel reserves. An outline of current methods of energy production from fossil fuels is given including pulverised coal combustion, combined cycle gas turbines and refiner operations. Finally, the course critically analyses examples of environmental legislation and their affects on both industry and the environment.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This unit aims to provide students who will specialise in energy storage technologies a broad factual knowledge base concerning how energy is presently generated and distributed in the following areas: • How industries associated with this are structured and how they match energy supply to demand. • The basics of atmospheric physics and chemistry and how the energy industry is altering natural cycles.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Have a firm grasp of the facts and figures of the energy industry and basic atmospheric structure.
  • Be able to understand how these have been used in framing environmental policy and law.
  • Be able to critically examine arguments both for and against climate change
  • Understand the difference between “good” and “bad” environmental legislation.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Whether climate change is a reality.
  • Framing of environmental law and policy.


• Global Energy Overview. • Introduction to Coal and Combustion. • Coal Characterisation. • Engineering Coal Combustion. • Refinery Operations. • Balancing Grids. • Smart Grids. • Storage Technologies. • Visit to pumped storage facility.

Special Features

This module will be delivered to only CDT Energy Storage Year 1 students, in a concentrated timeframe to suit the needs of the split site (Sheffield/Southampton) CDT in Energy Storage and its Applications

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Classroom teaching: Factual base of energy and the environment. Group discussion: Teach the importance of group work in framing critical opinions. Group project: Teach how to present critical opinions to others, including non-specialist.

Independent Study116
External visits8
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Bob Everett (Editor), Godfrey Boyle (Editor), Stephen Peake (Editor), Janet Ramage (Editor). (2011). Energy Systems and Sustainability: Power for a Sustainable Future. 

Andrews, John (2007). Energy Science: Principles, technologies, and impacts. 


Assessment Strategy

Referral Method: Overall combined assessment percentage must be 50% minimum to pass the module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Dissertation 30%
Exam  (120 minutes) 50%
Oral presentation 10%
Quiz 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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