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Course, academic year 2021/2022
Processes for energy and specialties - AM409023
Title: Processes for energy and specialties
Guaranteed by: Department of Chemical Engineering (409)
Actual: from 2021
Semester: summer
Points: summer s.:4
E-Credits: summer s.:4
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
For type: Master's (post-Bachelor)
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Kosek Juraj prof. Dr. Ing.
Mazúr Petr Ing. Ph.D.
Interchangeability : M409023, N409081
Is interchangeable with: M409023
Annotation -
Last update: Lindner Jiří Ing. Ph.D. (14.06.2019)
Energetics is one of the main directions of future development of chemical engineering, in which many jobs positions are available and many new applications are created. The goal of the class is to broaden horizons of the students in the area of current social problems because these topics are not dealt with in any other courses offered in the department. Another goal is the introduction of successful and unsuccessful engineering solutions or innovations of specific products with high added value. Most of the concepts are analyzed from the perspective of their competitiveness and further economic or other benefits.
Aim of the course -
Last update: Lindner Jiří Ing. Ph.D. (14.06.2019)

The students will gain theoretical and practical skills for:

1. Classical and renewable sources of energy and technology of their utilization (fotovoltaics, heat pumps, biofuels,…)

2. Technology for electrical and other energy storage (electrochemical, conversion technologies,…)

3. Energy savings (e. g. passive houses).

4. Rational chemical-engineering view of energetics.

5. Utilization of so called enabling technologies and smart technologies.

Literature -
Last update: Grof Zdeněk doc. Ing. Ph.D. (03.10.2019)

R: Beggs C.: Energy. Management, supply and conservation. 2nd edition. Butterworth-Heinemann (2009).

R: Cussler E.L., Moggridge G.D.: Chemical product design, 2nd edition. Cambridge Univ. Press (2011).

Learning resources -
Last update: Lindner Jiří Ing. Ph.D. (14.06.2019)

Study materials in the form of PPT presentations or texts are available.

Teaching methods -
Last update: Lindner Jiří Ing. Ph.D. (14.06.2019)

Lectures two hours per week, seminars 1 hour per week.

Requirements to the exam -
Last update: Grof Zdeněk doc. Ing. Ph.D. (13.06.2019)

Student must work out and submit three individual projects.

Oral exam: Student answers two questions from a list of topics that were covered during the lectures.

Syllabus -
Last update: Lindner Jiří Ing. Ph.D. (14.06.2019)

1. Introduction to energetics. Sectors of energetics, history, social needs, energy mix. Cost of 1kWh of various types of energy. Long-term trends in energy consumptions.

2. Fossils vs. renewable sources of energy. Waste use in energy applications, Geographical accessibility. Economical, ecological, and safety aspects.

3. Wind and solar energy. Wind turbines, fotovoltaics, solar heating, heat tube. Solar cooling. Fotocatalysis.

4. Biofuels. Calculation of EROI (energy returned on energy invested). Basic concepts of biorefineries. Critical evaluation of the potential and benefits of biofuels.

5. Electric energy accumulation, pump-storage hydroelectricity, compressed air, hydrogen, electrochemical storage of energy, super-capacitors, thermal and chemical storage of energy. Demand and consumption time curves of electricity.

6. Batteries. Basic principles of batteries and introduction to systematic description and characterization. Potential distribution, load-test curves, shelf/working life, future development.

7. Fuel cells with various types of fuels. Hydrogen economics. System metal-air.

8. Thermoelectric devices. Seebeck, Peltier, Thomson, RF heating, microwaves, induction, laser, etc. Cascade temperature controllers.

9. Cooling of industrial processes and economics of cooling. Adsorption cooling.

10. Heat engines and their thermodynamics. Diagrams T-S. Combustion engines and turbines. Efficiency improvement. Utilization of waste heat. Economics of heat and electricity cogeneration.

11. Heat pumps and air conditions for households and various objects. Principles and schematics of working medium cycle. Accumulation of cold and its practical use. Economic payoff.

12. Low-energy and passive houses. Passive ventilation, heating and cooling. Accumulation of heat energy and its utilization for heating. Radiation heating. Energetical efficiency of lighting. Problem of optimal humidity of air.

13. Energy savings and ways of their achievements for electricity, heat and transport. Examples of successful and unsuccessful concepts. Desalination of sea water by means of various technologies.

14. Rational chemical-engineering view of energetics. Investment return. Scenarios of energy safety. Shaly gas. Time price of electricity. Concept of LCOE (levelized cost of energy).

Registration requirements -
Last update: Grof Zdeněk doc. Ing. Ph.D. (13.06.2019)

Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering I