Course detail

Energy Sources and Transformation

FSI-LZPAcad. year: 2017/2018

The course “Energy Source and Transformation” covers the following topics: primary and secondary energy sources; renewable energy sources; fossil and nuclear fuel; energy consumption in the word and in the Czech Republic; thermal and nuclear power plants - -energy transformation; biomass, solar and hydro power plants; wind energy and wind power plants; hydrogen fuel cell.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student will get acquainted with world power generation and trends of its developmentthe . They will be able to apply their own qualified opinion, consider the pros and cons of the different energy transformations, and to choose the appropriate variant as a solution to different tasks regarding power generation.


Knowledge of physics and thermodynamics at I/TU level


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Janotková:Termomechanika,skripta VUT 1995
Kazelle,Cenek: Obnovitelné zdroje energie,FCC Public 2002
Kaminský:Netradiční zdroje energie,skripta TU-VŠB Ostrava:2000
Kolektiv:Obnovitelné zdroje energie,ČEZ a.s.2003
Gilbert,Large:Konec Evropské éry,MF-2003
KC Agrawal, Industrial Power Engineering Handbook, ISBN: 0-7506-73...
Dixon,S.L.:Fluid dynamics and Thermodynamics of Turbomachinery. Pergamon Press, London 2005

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures. Participation in the exercise is mandatory.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Credit requirements: active participation in the exercises. Examination consists of written and oral parts. The oral part tests basic knowledge of the thermo mechanics, which is considered as a minimum.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to familiarise students with the energy sources used in the world economy, as well as with various problems related to the present and future consumption. It is highlighted that the energy sources are limited and their transformation has a negative effect on the environment. Thus the use has to be as rational as possible. The students are urged to realise that the ecological and economic aspects between the energy sources and their consumption are interconnected.

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

Participation in the exercises is systematically controlled.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-TEP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    branch M-TEP , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch M-FLI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    branch M-FLI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch M-ENI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory
    branch M-ENI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1 Primary and secondary energy sources, forms, types and transformations.
2 Primary energy sources consumption in the Czech Republic and in the world. Electric energetics.
3 Solid fuels, oil, types and features, reserves, trade.
4 Gas, reserves, usage. Economy of usage of the primary energy sources.
5 Heat circulations, analysis, steam circulations, efficiency, realisation.
6 Gas circulations, analysis, realisation. Binary circulations.
7 Combined cycle
8 Biomass, energetic potential, burning.
9 Theory and practice of solar power usage.
10 Solar collectors, design, efficiency, usage of the hydrogen.
11 Wind energy, practical usage.
12 Usage of the water energy, hydroelectric potential in the Czech Republic.
13 Multiple Source energy Systems


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1 Balance calculations of the gas transportation
2 Economic evaluation of the electric energy production
3 Analysis of raising the efficiency in a steam cycle
4 Analysis of raising the efficiency in a gas cycle
5 Balance calculations of biomass usage
6 Calculations of the main parameters of a solar system
7 Preliminary design of a small hydro power station