Energy Conversions and Environment

Course description

The role of energy-sources exploitation in the development of human civilisation and society. A global view of the problems of energy supply, and the factors influencing energy-consumption needs. The basic physical laws of energy conversion and the technologies for primary energy-sources exploitation (trends in development). The environmental and social acceptability of energy-conversion technologies. Dilemmas and the technical problems of covering energy needs, applying renewable energy sources, and a comparison with classical technologies. The environmental impact of energy conversions – facts or fashion trends.  The rational use of energy vs. "saving regardless of costs". Strategic trends and regulations in the EU in the field of energy supply. Economic assessment of meeting energy needs (economic assessment of various solutions and energy-saving measures). Looking to the future.

Course is carried out on study programme

Objectives and competences

The student will be given a broad overview of the problem of energy supply. This is important because wrong decisions, as a rule, have their origins in partial treatments of the problem. Assuming that the student is familiar with the basic characteristics, technical possibilities and economic indices of the exploitation of primary energy sources, the student will gain the knowledge needed to decide on the field of meeting energy needs on the micro and global levels.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, seminar work with individual students.

Intended learning outcomes

In general, a student will become familiar with the problems of the interdependence of the technical possibilities of energy supply, environmental impact, regulations, political decisions and civil movements.

In this context he will:

Understand the physical principles and the methods of primary energy sources conversion with conventional technology and with alternative technologies, learn about the physical and technical principles of energy transmission, get to know about energy transformation and transmission efficiency, he will learn about the environmental and economic parameters.  

As a precondition for understanding electrical energy power supply, a student will learn the operational characteristics of electrical power systems, end-users and the preconditions for its operation.

Reference nosilca

  1. MIHALIČ, Rafael. Green energy – shortcut to energy independency or cul-de-sack?. Elektrotehniški vestnik, ISSN 2232-3228. [English print ed.], 2011, vol. 78, no. 5, str. 245-256, ilustr.
  2. AŽBE, Valentin, MIHALIČ, Rafael. Energy functions for FACTS devices with an energy-storage system. European transactions on electrical power, ISSN 1430-144X. [Print ed.], Sep./Oct. 2007, vol. 17, no. 5, str. 471-485, ilustr
  3.  AŽBE, Valentin, MIHALIČ, Rafael. Energy function for an interline power-flow controller. Electr. powersyst. res.. [Printed.], 2009, vol. 79, no. 6, str. 945-952.
  4. MIHALIČ, Rafael. Poti in stranpoti do energetske neodvisnosti : zakaj ne zamenjajo vseh škodljivih virov s sonaravnimi, če so tako super?. Delo, ISSN 0350-7521, 18. dec. 2010, leto 52, št. 294, ilustr.
  5. RUDEŽ, Urban, MIHALIČ, Rafael. Monitoring the first frequency derivative to improve adaptive underfrequency load-shedding schemes. IEEE transactions on power systems, ISSN 0885-8950. [Print ed.], May 2011, vol. 26, no. 2, str. 839-846, ilustr.

Study materials

  1. Sørensen, Bent: Renewable energy conversion, transmission, and storage, Amsterdam [etc.] : Elsevier/Academic Press, cop. 2007
  2. Twidell, John, Weir, Anthony D.: Renewable energy resources, London, New York : Taylor & Francis, 2006
  3. Plimer Ian: Heaven and Earth: Taylor Trade Publishing, 2009
  4. Group of authors: Future of the Electric Grid, 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Free access at
  5. David J. C. MacKay Sustainable Energy — without the hot air, electronic copy is provided, free, for personal use only. See Slovene version: Energetika.NET, Ljubljana 2013

Bodi na tekočem

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

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