Module E: Power Engineering

Course description

The role of energy sources exploitation in the civilization and human society development, global overview of energy supply issues, categorization of energy sources and basic energy conversions, conventional sources of energy (coal, oil, gas, water, nuclear energy, wood), for each of sources: origin and basic characteristics, basic physical principles and technologies of its exploitation, world-wide potential, efficiency, basic economic exploitation indices, consumption and supply trends, Slovenian consumption.

Unconventional energy sources (energy of the sun radiation, wind, tide, waste, peat, biomass, nuclear fusion, hydrogen technology, direct thermal conversion to electrical energy, thermoionic conversions, magnetohydrodynamic generator), for each of sources: origin and basic characteristics, basic physical principles and technologies of its exploitation, world-wide potential, efficiency, basic economic exploitation indices, consumption and supply trends, Slovenian consumption.

Dilemmas and technical issues of satisfying all energy needs by applying sustainable energy sources, environmental impacts of energy conversion procedures, economic evaluation of supplying energy needs, glance towards the future. 

Course is carried out on study programme

Elektrotehnika 2. stopnja

Objectives and competences

The objective of the course on Power Engineering to submit a broad, world-wide overview of energy supply issues, as partial view on the subject is often the main reason for making wrong decisions in the energy supply area. A student gets familiar with basic characteristics, technical possibilities for exploitation and economic indices together with perspectives when using primary energy sources. This goes both for world-wide as well as local perspective. As the student will realize the advantages and limitations of the use of sustainable resources to meet human energy needs, it is supposed to be able to analyze the different concepts of energy supply reported by the media daily and are in general of dubious value.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures, laboratory practice, project work. Part of the pedagogical process will be carried out with the help of ICT technologies and the opportunities they offer.

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • understand basic characteristics of primary energysources conversion to suitable energy form from human-society’s point of view,
  • knowledge regarding  global energy trends,
  • get familiar with aspects of supply (stock) and energy consumption,
  • understand energy policy,
  • analyse concepts of energy supply.

Reference nosilca

  1. MIHALIČ, Rafael. "Zelena" energija – bližnjica k energetski neodvisnosti ali slepa ulica?. Elektrotehniški vestnik, 2011, letn. 78, št. 5, str. 245-256.
  2. AŽBE, Valentin, MIHALIČ, Rafael. Distributed generation from renewable sources in an isolated DC network. Renewable energy, 2006, vol. 31, iss. 14, str. 2370-2384.
  3. MIHALIČ, Rafael. Vetrne elektrarne – ni vse zlato, kar se sveti. V: SLAVINEC, Mitja (ur.). Zgodovinska identiteta sveta ob Muri. Murska Sobota: Pomurska akademsko znanstvena unija PAZU, 2008, str. 30-3
  4. AŽBE, Valentin, MIHALIČ, Rafael, POVH, Dušan. Distributed generation from renewable sources in an isolated DC network. V: ALVAREZ, Carlos (ur.), HAMZA, Mohamed H. (ur.). Proceedings of the Third IASTED International Conference on Power and Energy Systems, September 3-5, 2003, Marbella, Spain, (Series on energy and power systems, ISSN 1482-7891). Anaheim; Calgary; Zürich: ACTA Press, cop. 2003, str. 81-86.
  5. AŽBE, Valentin, MIHALIČ, Rafael. Razpršena proizvodnja iz obnovljivih virov v enosmernih porabniških omrežjih. Elektrotehniški vestnik, 2004, letn. 71, št. 4, str. 229-236.

Study materials

  1. Požar. H.:Osnove energetikeI, II, III, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1992
  2. Cleveland, Cutler J., Ayres, Robert U.:Encyclopedia of energy : San Diego, Oxford : Academic Press, cop. 2004
  3. J. Voršič:Pretvarjanje v električno energijo Maribor : Fakulteta za elektrotehniko,
  4. računalništvo in informatiko, 1996
  5. Denno, K.: Power system design and applications for alternative energy sources, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey : Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1989
  6. Willis, H. Lee,  Scott, Walter G.: Distributed power generation : planning and
  7. evaluation, New York, Basel : M. Dekker, cop. 2000
  8. Smil, Vaclav :Energy at the crossroads : global perspectives and uncertainties : Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England :MIT Press, cop. 2005
  9. Medved, Sašo, Novak, Peter: Varstvo okolja in obnovljivi viri energije, Ljubljana : Fakulteta za strojništvo, 2000

Bodi na tekočem

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

E:  dekanat@fe.uni-lj.si T:  01 4768 411