MSE535 Non-Standard Sources of Energy

Code MSE535
Name Non-Standard Sources of Energy
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice; Courses of Free Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Professional
Field of study Heat Engineering, Heat, Gas and Water Technology
Academic staff Dmitrijs Rusovs
Credit points 3.0 (4.5 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation The subject gives basic knowledge in matters of non-standard and alternative energy sources, sustainable development theory, legislative acts and strategies on different levels that support and promote use of such energy sources and the modernization of utilization technologies. Huge attention is given to energy sources that have been used already for several centuries – solar, wind, running water (oceans, sees, rivers, tidal and ebb energy), biomass. The potential and the level of the utilization technology of every source is carefully evaluated according to technical, economic, environmental aspects. Emphasis is put on efficiency of energy conversion and total profitability. From the same aspects household and industrial waste, sludge from water treatment plants is considered. Interest is also built towards nuclear energy and hydrogen technologies. All sources are evaluated on the level of EU and the Republic of Latvia development plans..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
To get knowledge about non-standard sources of energy and ways of its usage, basic types of stations and the methodology of definition of parameters, as well as identification of problems in case of utilization of such types of energy. Also it is important to understand and learn how with a high level of efficiency to integrate alternative energy sources into existing heat and electricity supply systems.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
Ability to evaluate the potential of use of non-standard energy sources in a particular territory. - Individual group assignment at the end of the semester, which demonstrates the ability to support and advice energy source for a particular region taking into account its efficiency there.
Ability to define the parameters of non-standard energy source utilization power plant. - Calculation exercises for different types of power plants to define efficiency, incoming and outcoming parameters.
Ability to identify problems connected with utilization of non-standard energy sources. - Discussion on non-standard energy source use in comparison with social, ethical, economical, environmental and technical impact on the region.
Competence in the use of legislative acts that define the use of alternative and renewable energy sources. - Individual assignment with particular directives, laws, norms that regulate the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, the choice of technologies, the procedure of permit obtainment.
Course prerequisites Heat utilizing equipment, thermal power plants, basics of environment protection, technical thermodynamics.

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