Environmental Impact & Thermoeconomic Evaluation In Energy Sector (SUT, year 1)

Module description

Course objectives:

Acquisition the knowledge in the field of advanced LCA, exergy analysis, exergy  diagnosis and economic analysis of energy intensive systems.

Content of the course:

Fundamentals of energy and energy balances. Energy and exergy efficiencies and their applications. Rules of cumulative energy and exergy calculus. Introduction of exergy cost concept and presentation of methodology of calculation these costs. Algorithm of calculation of partial exergy costs. Introduction to exergy diagnosis. Methodology of calculation of direct and inducted exergy losses. Concept of Thermo-Ecological Cost (TEC) and algorithm of TEC calculation in whole life cycle of product. Methods for evaluation of economic effectiveness of rationalization of energy management.

During the lecture students take part in discussion about humanitarian and social aspects of changes in energy policy including detailed studies of environmental impact of different types of power generation including renewable sources.

The evaluations shown during lectures and made as a part of the project could be treated as a basis for making judgments about different technologies and its environmental impact as well as results in social and  economic system.

New innovative solutions will be proposed by students. The aim is to reduce an environmental burden linked with specific parts of power systems under analysis.

Lectures are conducted in an interactive way with use of audiovisual tools. During the lecture problem 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. Students will be able to assess 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.

Project will be made in groups with elected leader. Tasks will be assigned according to competences as well as leadership skills.


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