Energy and Environment

Course description

The energy needs. The role of energy in society. Sustainable energy. The primary sources of energy. Fundamentals of energy conversion into electric energy. Conventional sources of electric energy. Renewable sources of electric energy. Alternative sources of electricity. The energy conversion efficiencies. Impact of electric power generation on the environment. The role and the basic characteristics of electric power systems. Fundamentals of the operation of electric power systems. The features of electric energy transmission. Distribution of electric energy. Characteristics of electric energy consumption. Rational use of energy. The current issues of electric power supply. Environmental issues (NIMBY effect – Not In My Back Yard, banana effect – Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything  – or Anyone). Increasing transmission capacity (investments not finished, environmental protection). Reliability of electric power supply. Power quality. Electricity market and its impacts. Design of power systems. Maintenance of power systems. New technology for generation, transmission, distribution and consumption of electric energy.

Course is carried out on study programme

Elektrotehnika 1. stopnja

Objectives and competences

Students will get a comprehensive view of energy demand and exploitation of primary energy resources. They will acquire basic knowledge in the field of electric power supply through learning about the electric energy generation, its transmission and distribution. The subject highlights the environmental aspects, the impact of the electricity market the development of new technologies, renewable energy sources (wind, water, solar, biomass) and efficient use of energy.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures and exercises.

Intended learning outcomes

Student will be capable to assess what are the needs for energy.  Student will be capable to calculate how much electric energy is transformed from the primary sources of energy. Student will be capable to assess what are the related consequences to the environment. Student will be capable to assess, how the electric energy is transmitted and distributes to the customers. The student will be capable to mathematically model the main problems in the field of energy and to solve them. The problem area includes efficient use of energy, existing and new technologies considering the quality of electric energy and the electric market.

Reference nosilca

1. ČEPIN, Marko. Assessment of power system reliability. Springer, 2011.

2. TRBUŠIĆ, Mislav, ČEPIN, Marko. Surge wave distribution over the power transformer continuous disc winding. Elektrotehniški vestnik, 2012, vol. 78, no. 3, str. 106-111.

3. GJORGIEV, Blaže, KANČEV, Duško, ČEPIN, Marko. Risk-informed decision making in the nuclear industry: application and effectiveness comparison of different genetic algorithm techniques. Nuclear Engineering and Design, 2012, vol. 250, str. 701-712.

4. BRICMAN REJC, Živa, ČEPIN, Marko. Izboljšana metoda za oceno zanesljivosti proizvodnje v elektroenergetskem sistemu. Elektrotehniški vestnik, 2013, letn. 80, št. 1/2, str. 57-63.

5. ČEPIN, Marko, VOLKANOVSKI, Andrija. Nova faktorja pomembnosti v elektroenergetskih sistemih. Elektrotehniški vestnik, 2009, letn. 76, št. 4, str. 177-181.

Study materials

1. Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers, The McGraw-Hill, 2006

2. B. Sorensen, Renewable Energy, Fourth Edition, Elsevier Inc., 2010

3. Solar Energy Engineering, Elsevier Inc., 2009

4. Renewable Energy Conversion, Transmission and Storage, Elsevier Inc., 2007

5. S. Pryja, D. J. Inman, Energy Harvesting Technology, Springer, 2009

6. R. A. Higgins, Energy Storage, Springer, 2010

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

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