Energy has become one of the main needs of human kind and the systematic generation, conversion, storage and distribution of it has become an urgent matter. In this course we will pay attention to the analysis and design of energy systems from a process systems engineering point of view. We will get introduced to fossil, nuclear, and renewable energy sources, emphasizing a technology-neutral, portfolio approach to the energy systems options. The major energy technologies are covered, describing how they work, how they are quantitatively evaluated, their cost, and their benefit or impact on the natural environment. We will use energy systems engineering tools to evaluate project scope, cost, energy consumption, and technical efficiency of energy systems. We will learn that energy systems can be viewed at different levels of detail (time and space) but that they share the fact that they require input (or sources) and generate output (or sinks). An energy system could be a dynamo on a bike, a photovoltaic cell, a human body, a hybrid car, an industrial plant, a windmill, a network of power generators or a complete biobased supply chain.
Classroom language: English
Upon completion of the module, students are able
- to compare and evaluate the three major primary energy sources.
- to treat each technological area (starting from basic data on ecological, social, and economic context)
- to apply basic science and engineering knowledge to quantitatively evaluate the function, capacity, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness of the technology in question.
- to develop conceptual designs of energy systems and to model, control, analyze and optimize the-se systems.