Checking date: 20/01/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Energy Sources
Study: Master in Industrial Engineering (226)

Coordinating teacher: LECUONA NEUMANN, ANTONIO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Applied Physics Engineering Thermodynamics Introduction to heat machines and engines Heat transfer
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Knowledge and capabilities for understanding, analyzing, exploiting and managing the different energy sources Knowledge and capabilities to understand energy politics and standards
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 in equal part of 70% of the total ECTS. 20% corresponds to the classroom exercises and 10% to the practicals.
Learning activities and methodology
Master classes, 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 will be explained. Solving application exercises and quizzes for self-evaluation and acquire the required capabilities. Computer or laboratory practicals, where problems are solved using computers. 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 in basic concepts and for performing exercises.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Lecuona A. Apuntes para la asignatura Fuentes de Energía, Servicio de reprografía de la UC3M. Open Course Ware UC3M. Aula Global, 2012
  • Legrand M. 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.
Additional Bibliography
  • Fay J. A., Colomb D. S. Energy and the Environment. Oxford University Press. 2002

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