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SESM3037 Sustainable Energy and Power Generation

Module Overview

This module will be first delivered in 2021/22. How can we provide clean, safe, sustainable energy for the world during the twenty-first century? This module provides an overarching introduction to energy resources, energy demand, and technology for sustainable power generation. The discussion of the alternative power generation technologies is underpinned by the essential theory and engineering analysis.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Environmental, economic and technical requirements for energy supply. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: SM3b, D1, D2, EL2, P1)
  • The characteristics of alternative power generation technologies, including photovoltaic, wind, hydro, nuclear, electrochemical, combustion plant, and thermal power generation (Contributing to AHEP LOs: SM1b, EL4)
  • Thermodynamics of thermal power, electrochemical and chemical energy systems (Contributing to AHEP LOs: SM1b, SM2b)
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Relate available wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, biofuel, and other chemical energy resources to the amount of power that can be produced. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: EA1b)
  • Ability to identify, classify, describe and interpret life cycle analysis for alternative energy supply and power generation options, accounting for different forms of environmental impact, working with information that may be incomplete or uncertain and quantify the effect of this on design. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: EA2, D3b, EL4)
  • Conduct thermodynamic analysis of thermal power plant and relate this to the design and optimisation of gas turbines, Rankine-cycle systems, combined cycle plant, and advanced cycles that might incorporate carbon capture. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: EA1b, EA2, EA3b, EA4b)
  • Analyse electrochemical energy conversion processes and relate this in an integrated approach to practical application in fuel cells. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: EA4b)
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Assess sustainability across a range of applications, applying quantitative techniques where appropriate (Contributing to AHEP LOs: EL4)
  • Use computational analysis in support of engineering design and decision making, showing the ability to work with technical uncertainty. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: EA2, EA3b, P8, G)
  • Apply thermodynamic analysis relevant to a wide range of chemical, energy, materials and environmental processes, to establish creative and rigorous solutions that are fit for purpose for all aspects of the problem, including production, operation, maintenance and disposal (Contributing to AHEP LOs: D4).
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Relate available wind, solar, hydro, nuclear, biofuel, and other chemical energy resources to the amount of power that can be produced. (Contributing to AHEP LOs: P2)

Syllabus

Introduction to Sustainable Energy and Power Generation (12 Lectures) • Introduction: matching energy resources and power requirements • Wind and hydro power: performance of existing devices, suitability of sites and yield calculation • Solar Power: solar radiation, thermal and photovoltaic collection • Bio-energy: bioenergy resources, thermo- and bio-chemical conversion • Nuclear Energy: fusion and fission reactions, fission reactor designs Thermodynamics for Power Generation (12 lectures): • Maximum work, entropy production, and application of exergy analysis to power cycles • Thermodynamics of chemical and electrochemical energy conversion: theory and practice • Chemical and phase equilibrium, and properties for real fluids Thermal Power Applications (9 lectures): • Gas turbine technology • Advanced Rankine cycles • Combined gas-steam cycles • Cycles for nuclear and low-temperature power generation • Advanced cycles and carbon dioxide capture Revision (3 lectures)

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Lectures including examples. Learning activities include • Set example questions • Directed reading • Power generation analysis activity

TypeHours
Lecture36
Completion of assessment task30
Wider reading or practice84
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Cengel, Y.A., Boles, M.A. (2011). Thermodynamics: an Engineering Approach.. 

Horlock, J.H. (1992). Combined Power Plant: including combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plants. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 20%
Examination 80%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: SESM2017 or FEEG2003

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