Checking date: 11/05/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Energy and Water
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)


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

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Calculus I, II Writing and Communication Skills Thermal Engineering Environmental Technology Heat power plants Engineering Fluid Mechanics
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The goal of this course is to present the students with a significant future challenge of our society: the dependency of energy on water and vice versa. The students are then called to participate in exercises acquiring critical thinking and creativity. Knowledge mastered in this course: - Water and society (residential, commercial, institutional and industrial) - Energy conversion processes (operational characteristics and efficiency calculations) - Fossil fuel combustion - Renewable-based energy generation - Water requirement during energy generation - Energy requirement for water generation (desalination and reuse) - Optimization of energy and water use Specific capacities: - Mass and energy balances of cooling processes and desalination techniques - Psychrometric principles applied on cooling towers - Relations among water use, operational efficiency and technology - Energy cost of desalination processes General capacities: - Comprehension of interdependencies among energy generation parameters (efficiency, fuel type, etc.) - Comprehension of the role of renewable energy sources in water generation processes - Analysis based on scientific principles - Presentation of results - Comprehension of basic terminology and literature - Multidisciplinar approach (use knowledge from several disciplines: Thermodynamics, Engineering Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Engineering, etc.) - Capacity to locate and understand basic literature on the subject Attitudes: - Analytical attitude - Critical attitude - Cooperative attitude
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction Water use in society (industrial, commercial, residential) Climate change, population increase and energy demand Water for energy & Energy for water 2. Water for Energy Water use in fossil-fuel plants Water use in renewable-based plants Relationships among water use, fuel type, efficiency, technology & environmental impacts Effects and consequences 3. Energy for water Water scarcity, stress on water systems and energy generation Strategies to reduce water use Processes for desalination and water reuse
Learning activities and methodology
The teaching methodology will include: 1. Lecture slides and recommended bibliography. 2. Problem solving sessions related with the course topics. 3. Homework problems. 4. Preparation and presentation of scientific reports, including three practical sessions. In addition, the class may include tutorials in groups.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • . Sustainable Water for the Future: Water Recycling versus Desalination. Elsevier. 2009
  • . Sustainable Water for the Future: Water Recycling versus Desalination. Elsevier. 2009
  • Gustaf Olsson. Water and Energy- Threats and Opportunities. IWA Publishing. 2012
  • Gustaf Olsson. Water and Energy- Threats and Opportunities. IWA Publishing. 2012

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.