Checking date: 29/07/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Energy Sources
Study: Master in Industrial Engineering (226)

Coordinating teacher: LECUONA NEUMANN, ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Thermal and Fluids Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Applied Physics Engineering Thermodynamics Introduction to heat machines and engines Heat transfer
Knowledge and capabilities for understanding, analyzing, exploiting and managing the different energy sources Knowledge and capabilities to understand energy politics and standards Environmental impacts and costs Understanding of the energy transition and decarbonization
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Energy and society. Primary sources of energy, transformations and consumption. Historic evolution. Energy and development. Energy intensity. Energy politics. 2. Resources and energy consumption. Environmental impact. Energy balance. Efficiencies and their limits. 3. Classification of energy sources. renewables and non renewable energy sources. 4. Nuclear energy. Fission and fusion. Reactors and power plants. Fuel cycle, residues. 5. Oil. Liquid and gaseous fuels. Uses and prices. Conversion. 6. Coal, Characteristics, and uses. Politics. Carbon emissions abatement. 7. Renewable energy, classification, and uses. Politics. Solar energy. Sun geometry. Sky model. 8. Solar-thermal energy for the production of heat, cold, and electricity. Collectors. Powerplants. 9. Photovoltaic energy. Energy storage. Cost of energy. 10. Atmospheric energy. Wind energy. Development and management. 11. Wind energy, technology. Hydroelectric and marine energy. 12. Biomass. Classification and uses. Transformations. Each item participates approximately proportional to its teaching time in both exams of continuous evaluation, up to 14/15, and 1/15 for the practical. A detailed program, available in the teaching material, will expand this information. It will be delivered when the resources applicable are lnown, academics, laboratory and informatics.
Learning activities and methodology
- Theoretical conferences. masterclasses. 1.3 ECTS - Application and exercises classes. Applications of the theory. 1.1 ECTS - Practice in a computer room or laboratory. 0.2 ECTS - Individual or group work by students. 0.4 ECTS. Homework delivered as a report. Masterclasses, where the knowledge that the student must acquire will be taught. For facilitating its development the students will have a recommendation of basic references for following the conferences and develop the following work. In-class problem and questions solution and discussion, where the problems posed to the students or proposed by the students, will be explained. Solving application exercises and quizzes for self-evaluation and acquiring the required capabilities. Computer or laboratory practical, where problems are solved using computers. Tentative: 1. Environmental impact of atmospheric pollutants and economic cost of the energy consumption of a dwelling, or equivalent. 2. Estimation of the amortizing time of a domestic condensing boiler, or equivalent. There is a set of teaching videos styled as MOOC for helping with basic concepts and for performing exercises. A set of MOOC videos is available for basic concepts and for performing the exercises.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Lecuona A. Apuntes para la asignatura Fuentes de Energía, Servicio de reprografía de la UC3M. Open Course Ware UC3M. Aula Global, 2012
  • Lecuona A. Apuntes para la asignatura Fuentes de Energía, Servicio de reprografía de la UC3M. Open Course Ware UC3M. Aula Global, 2013
  • López R. Guiones de prácticas, Servicio de reprografía de la UC3M. Open Course Ware, 2013.
  • William C. Reynolds (Author), Piero Colonna . Thermodynamics: Fundamentals and Engineering Applications . Cambridge University Press. 2018
Additional Bibliography
  • Many. Internet. Many. There are links on the class notes delivered. many. many, but recent
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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