Conventional Energy Sources

Higher education teachers: Čepin Marko
Credits: 6
Semester: winter
Subject code: 64216

Subject description


Enrolment into the program.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Hydroelectric power plants

Basics of hydrodynamics, water flow in pipes and channels, basics of turbo machines, design and operating characteristics of turbines, turbine control, dams and barriers, hydraulic hydroelectric schemes, types of hydroelectric power plants regarding accumulation, water heights and flow, and mode of operation.

  • Thermal power stations

Basics of thermodynamics, combustion processes and steam boilers, process efficiency, characteristics of steam and gas turbines, problems of emissions and impact to the environment, systems to reduce emissions of thermal power plants.

  • Nuclear power plants

Fundamentals of nuclear reactions, relation between mass and energy, characteristics of the most common types of nuclear reactors, operation of reactors, nuclear power plant systems, natural radiation and radiation protection, radioactive waste, their effects to the environment and disposal, nuclear power plants safety, risk assessment methods.

Objectives and competences:

Student will learn basic mechanisms of primary energy conversion to electric energy with classic technologies. Student will be capable to assess energy potentials regarding their conversion technologies into electric energy. Student will learn structure and functions of components and their interactions within conventional power plants. The problems and possible solutions regarding the spatial planning related with electric power systems will be communicated.

Intended learning outcomes:

Student will understand methods of conversion of primary energy into electric energy in classical power plants.

Student will learn plants operation and their systems interaction. The learning outcome is going to be an ability to assess efficiency of processes related to energy conversion.

Student will be capable to participate in solving technical questions and problems in the field of conversion to electric power in hydroelectric power plants, thermal power plants and nuclear power plants.

Learning and teaching methods:

Lectures and exercises

Study materials


  1. B. Orel: Energetski pretvorniki I, Založba FER, Ljubljana 1992
  2. B. Orel: Energetski pretvorniki II, Založba FER, Ljubljana 1993
  3. R. K. Rajput, Power Plant Engineering, Laxmi Publications, Fourth edition, 2008
  4. G. Kessler, Sustainable and Safe Nuclear Fission Energy, Springer 2012

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electrical Power Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Mechatronics
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Advanced Power Systems