Course detail

Selected Topics in Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storage

FEKT-BPC-OZUAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course deals with current problems in the field of renewable energy sources, focusing on practical information and experience with various sources of electricity, such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and even biomass energy. A considerable amount of attention is focused on the possibility of storing electrical energy, introducing different types of accumulation, working principles and a comparison between the pros and cons. The course also includes information on practical use in hybrid electric vehicles, island systems and hydrogen economy.
During laboratory tests the students can obtain practical information based on testing and simulating the studied topics. The last area in which the course intervenes is recycling and waste management together with the reuse of secondary raw materials.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

By completing the course, the student will gain mainly factual knowledge in the field of renewable sources and energy storage. This knowledge will enable him to competently analyze and design various technological solutions in the application of renewable sources and energy storage. The student will be able to design an island photovoltaic system with energy storage, design a suitable type of renewable source for the site, calculate the energy efficiency of the system, describe the operating principle of hydrogen fuel cell, etc. The course provides all important information that students should know to complete the following master's courses:
Alternative Energy Sources – MPC-AZE
Reenable energy sources – MPC-OZE
Energy Storage Technologies – MPC-UEO


The course is designed as introduction to the topic of renewable energy sources and energy storage. There is no need to any other prerequisites, knowledge obtained during secondary (middle) school is sufficient.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Vojtěchovský, K., Obnovitelné zdroje energie, FCC Public, Praha (CS)
Dell, R.M.a Rand, D.J., Clean energy, Athenaeum Press Ltd, UK (EN)
Boyle, G., Renewable Energy, Oxford University Press, USA (EN)
Quaschning, V., Understanding Renewable Energy Systems, Earthscan Publications Ltd., USA (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the way that given course is regulated, and they are described in Article 7 of the study and examination regulations of BUT.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The theoretical test consisting of knowledge from laboratory exercises is awarded 10 points maximum. Students can get another 30 points maximum for all correctly and fully elaborated laboratory tasks. Minimal extent of elaborated laboratory tasks and other conditions needed for successful completion of the course are stated in the announcement issued by the supervisor of the course each year. The final exam is awarded 60 points maximum. The final exam will be held distant (online) way via e-learning.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

Outline of lectures
1. Wind energy
2. Solar energy
3. Water energy
4. Earth's core energy
5. Biomass energy
6. Energy storages
7. Combined hybrid nitrogen system
8. Electric energy in RAPS applications
9. Hybrid electric vehicles
10. Energy storage with help of flywheel and compressed air
11. Energy storage with help of supercapacitors and SMES systems
12. Utilization of low potential thermal residual energy

Outline of laboratory exercises
1. Introduction into laboratory exercises
2. The frequency response and spectrum of PV module
3. VA characteristics of PV module at different intensities of light
4. Accumulation of electric energy using flywheel
5. Accumulation of thermal energy in the form of sensible and latent heat
6. Combinations and electrical efficiency of supercapacitors, supercapacitors energy utilization
7. Small water wheel generator
8. Power efficiency of small wind turbine
9. Use of the thermoelectric phenomenon for energy acquisition
10. Verification od Beketov's metal series
11. Energy of compressed gas
12. Heat pump systems


The course aims to acquaint its students with information and facts about renewable energy sources and energy storages. During the course, students will gain both the technologic knowledge of specific areas and a comprehensive overview of how the various technologies and resources are related, how to combine and use them together appropriately.

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

The content, forms and conditions for course passing will be specified by rules and regulations which are released by the lecturer responsible for the course and keep updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
    specialization AUDB-TECH , any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective

  • Programme BPC-AMT Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
  • Programme BPC-EKT Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
  • Programme BPC-SEE Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, elective
  • Programme BPC-MET Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory-optional