Course detail

Electrical Power Generation

FEKT-BVEEAcad. year: 2015/2016

The subject makes students familiar with the problems of the conversion of different forms of energy from natural sources and the technological processes of the conversion in thermal, nuclear and hydroelectric power plants.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Graduate of this course is able to:
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources
- Define and explain the fundamental terms of energy
- Describe the full technology of thermal power plants (condensing plants, gas plants, heating plants, combined cycle, cogeneration units)
- Explain the principles of nuclear reactions
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of nuclear reactors
- Explain the principle of hydropower
- Defining the principles of operation of electrical generators


The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required and basic knowledge of Thermomechanics. Students must be able to explain and clarify the following issues: - Basic thermal processes - Thermal cycle of gas turbine - Fundamental laws of thermodynamics - Thermodynamic properties of gases


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Doležal, J., Jaderné a klasické elektrárny, Praha : České vysoké učení technické v Praze, 2011, ISBN: 978-80-01-04936-5 (CS)
MASTNÝ, P.; DRÁPELA, J.; MACHÁČEK, J.; PTÁČEK, M.; RADIL, L.; BARTOŠÍK, T.; PAVELKA, T.; MIŠÁK, S. Obnovitelné zdroje elektrické energie. EFEKT. Praha, České vysoké učení technické v Praze. 2011. 256 p. ISBN 978-80-01-04937-2. (CS)
Matoušek,A.: Výroba elektrické energie. Brno 2007 (CS)
Standard Handbook of Powerplant Engineering, Thomas C. Elliott, ISBN: 0-07-019435-1 (EN)
Ibler a kol.: Energetika. BEN Praha 1984 (CS)
Štoll,Č. a kol:Využití vodní energie,SNTL Praha 1987 (CS)
Kadrnožka,J.:Tepelné elektrárny a teplárny.SNTL Praha 1988 (CS)
MATOUŠEK, A. Elektrárny 1. 2002. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.
Teaching consists of lectures, laboratories and numerical exercises. The communication platform of the course is on e-learning. Students pass five laboratory exercises. Planning is one specialized excursion.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Point scoring of written and oral examination is held under the rules of FEEC.
During the semester, students are obliged to pass four control written tests, laboratory tasks and voluntary individual tasks. Requirements to get the credit are to obtain at least 20 points from 40 possible and NONE of the required activities (tests, laboratory tasks) is evaluated with 0 points.
The final exam is evaluated by up to 60 points and is divided into written (arithmetical problems - 20 points) and an oral part (40 points). Necessary requirement to pass the examination is to obtain at least 12 points from the written part and at least 20 points from the oral part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum


1. Energy sources, electric power generation in the Czech Republic, the basic energy concepts and terminology
2. Condensing power plants, thermal cycle, technological circuits and equipment - calculations of thermal cycles
3. Increasing the efficiency of thermal power plants (reheating, overheating, regeneration)
4. Combined production of electricity, the combustion turbine power plant
5. Effect of thermal power plants on the environment
6. Possibility of release of nuclear energy, basic concepts - elementary calculations of nuclear reactions
7. Types of nuclear reactors, nuclear power plant technology diagram - operational calculations of nuclear power plants
8. Nuclear safety, fuel cycle, nuclear power plants impact on the environment
9. Energy balance and energy utilization of water flows - basic hydroelectric calculations
10. Distribution and structure of hydraulic power plants, design and scheme of hydraulic power plant - operating hydraulic power plant calculations
11. Electric power scheme, power plant internal load
12. Alternators in thermal, nuclear and hydraulic power plants
13. Excitation systems of synchronous generators, new technologies in generation of electric power and thermal energy

Practice of professional basis:

1. Load diagram - the load characteristics, curve of load duration, the integral curve
2. Basic calculations of thermal cycle with condensing and back pressure turbine
3. Heat balance of cycle with condensing extraction turbine, steam reheating and overheating
4. Calculation of regeneration thermal cycle
5. Basic calculations of nuclear reactions
6. Hydraulic power plants calculations

Laboratory tasks:

1. Analysis of the dependence of active and reactive power on changes of the frequency of a synchronous machine in an isolated network
2. Operating characteristics of synchronous generator working to stable network
3. Simulation of the operating characteristics of wind turbine with asynchronous generator
4. Operating characteristics of synchronous power source working to an isolated network
5. Measurement of synchronous machine parameters (short and open circuit conditions)
6. Analysis of operational conditions of cogeneration unit
7. Excursion to the thermal power plant (presentation of the process circuit)


The objective of the subject is to give students profound information concerning electrical power generation of primary sources.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-B Bachelor's

    branch B-SEE , 2. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


eLearning: opened course