Technologies of clean combustion (SUT, year 1)

Module description

Course objectives:

The module is aimed at increase of research skills and competencies for students in clean combustion technologies field. The module delivers practical and theoretical knowledge on principles of modern, fossil fuel power generation technologies according to sustainable development objectives. The module is designed in a learning by doing style on research on technologies of near zero emission technologies. The project is organized in a form of a research task and conducted according to the best research practice and is focused on reduction of emission in fossil based power industry. The module shapes students’ ability to use cutting-edge research methods, processes and techniques towards creation and growth and to apply these also in cross-disciplinary contexts.

Content of the course:

The course is aimed at delivering the most recent information on the power generation technologies concerned to be the clean coal technologies together with shaping research skills and competencies. These are generally coal based, CO2-reduced or CO2-free technologies with minimum emissions of other pollutants such as sulphur and nitrogen compounds. An emphasis will be put on the precombustion, postcombustion and oxyfuel combustion technologies in the context of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The importance of the continuous improvement in the efficiency of the thermal cycle will be stressed.

The course is divided into lecture (theory) and project (research, modelling, calculations, literature review an transforming of knowledge) parts which altogether should give a comprehensive overview on the state-of-the-art coal based power generation technologies. Lectures cover: Theory of modern clean coal power plants, Thermal cycles (possible improvements, thermodynamic limitations), Basics of combustion theory, Principles of pre, post and oxyfuel combustion technologies, Principles of CCS, Economy of the various clean coal technologies.

Outcome of the course

After completing this course, including lectures and the projects, student should be able to:

  • analyze thermal cycles of the most modern coal based power plants
  • explain principles of the precombustion CO2 capture technologies
  • explain principles of the postcombustion CO2 capture technologies
  • explain principles of the oxyfuel combustion CO2 capture technologies
  • assess complex thermal cycles.

During lectures students participate in brainstorm about reducing the usage of the fossil fuel – especially coal, considering social aspects of the matter. Students also try to find answers what kind of humanitarian effects replacement of fossil fuels by bio fuels and other renewable sources of energy would bring. All discussions are moderate by the tutor.

Lectures are conducted in an interactive way with use of audiovisual tools. During the lecture problematic questions/topics are raised, students take part in the discussion and brainstorms, trying to find solution/answers, assess existing solutions as well as develop critical thinking. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions which are  moderated by the tutor.

Project are made in groups with elected leader. Tasks are focused on making research and producing answers and conclusions..

Students will master different research techniques and understand the dynamic nature of complex systems and change over time. They will be able to apply the tools and concepts of system dynamics and systems thinking in their present lives. Students will discuss business opportunities in sector linked with CO2 reduction and capture.


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