EAS721 Energy and environment

Code EAS721
Name Energy and environment
Status Compulsory/Courses of Limited Choice
Level and type Undergraduate Studies, Academic
Field of study Environmental Engineering and Management
Faculty
Academic staff Gatis Bažbauers, Edgars Vīgants
Credit points 2.0 (3.0 ECTS)
Parts 1
Annotation Energy industry and sustainability. Statistics of energy industry. Inventory of state energy balance of primary energy sources, energy sources, transformation sector, end-use and renewable energy sources. Analysis of development of energy consumption. Energy supply chains and energy service, efficiency of energy supply. Energy supply and heat supply systems, production, transmission and distribution, technology alternatives. Integration of renewable technologies into power and heat supply systems. Energy supply systems based on coal, natural gas, nuclear fuel and biomass fuel cycles, environmental issues. Energy use and environmental impact, classification and characterization. Comparison of environmental impacts of different energy supply systems..
Goals and objectives
of the course in terms
of competences and skills
During the course students will learn how to analyse relationship between energy consumption and environmental impact of energy supply systems. By analyzing whole cycle of energy transformation and energy supply for different types of primary energy and for different energy supply and heat supply technologies students will be able to estimate consumption of primary energy that depends on amount of end-use energy. Students will learn how to classify and compare environmental impacts.
Learning outcomes
and assessment
To be able to use statistics of energy balance and calculate efficiency of energy supply chain and consumption of primary energy resources for cogeneration and district heating systems. - Examination: Practical works Assessment criteria: accomplished practical works No.1, 2 using statistics on energy balance.
To be able to use statistics of energy balance and calculate range and share, environmental indicators and self-sufficiency of renewable energy sources for different energy supply scenarios. - Examination: Practical works Assessment criteria: accomplished practical work No.3 using statistics on energy balance.
To be able to describe environmental impacts caused by operating cogeneration plant or boiler house. - Examination: Practical works Assessment criteria: accomplished practical works No.4, 5 after visit to energy plant.
To be able to describe and compare environmental impacts of different fuel cycles and energy supply technologies, considering whole energy supply chain. - Examination: Practical works, course work. Assessment criteria: accomplished practical works No.6-15; successful defence of the course work.
Course prerequisites Specific prerequisites are not required

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