Course syllabus Z-AZE - Alternative Energy Sources (FA - SS 2019/2020)

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Course code:
Course title in Czech:
Alternative Energy Sources
Course title in English:
Alternative Energy Sources
Semester: SS 2019/2020
Mode of completion and number of credits:
Exam (5 credits)
Mode of delivery and timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
part-time, 0/0 (lectures per period / seminars per period)
Level of course:
bachelor; master continuing
Course type:
Type of delivery:
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Language of instruction: English
Course supervisor:
doc. Ing. Martin Fajman, Ph.D.
Course supervising department:
Department of Technology and Automobile Transport (FA)
doc. Ing. Martin Fajman, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites: none
Timetable in this semester:
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Aim of the course and learning outcomes:
The goal of the course is to get students acquainted with basic terms in the scope of energetics and technics in connection with economy and provide them an orientation in energy sources structure, energy demands and energy savings in connection with ecological aspects. Meaning of renewable energy sources is emphasized, namely business opportunities in the field on the base of legislation and economical conditions.
Course content:
Energetics Introduction - terminology, introduction. (allowance 1/1)
Energy - forms of energy and their transformations. (allowance 1/1)
Energetics and its relation to environmental impacts. Sustainability in terms of energy. (allowance 2/2)
EU policies. Legislation of the RES support. (allowance 2/2)
Energy Intensity - production systems, transportation sector, calculations. (allowance 2/2)
Earth's Energy Budget and solar energy utilization. Direct technical usage and natural transformations of solar energy. (allowance 1/1)
Active and Passive Solar Systems. Low-energy and passive houses. (allowance 2/2)
8.Heat Pumps and geothermal energy. (allowance 2/2)
Wind energy utilization. (allowance 2/2)
Energy of water - small water power-plants, energy of oceans. (allowance 2/2)
Biomass - biomass energy utilizations, thermo-chemical and bio-chemical biomass transformations. (allowance 2/2)
Biofuels - production and utilization of liquid biofuels. (allowance 2/2)
Co-generation - combined heat and power in connection with biomass. (allowance 2/2)
Summary on economical evaluation of renewable energy sources. (allowance 1/1)
Learning activities and teaching methods:
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Combined form
lecture24 h
0 h
practice6 h
0 h
24 h
0 h
2 h
0 h
public presentation (oral)
2 h
0 h
preparation for exam22 h0 h
preparation for regular testing
25 h0 h
preparation of presentation12 h
0 h
writing of seminar paper23 h
0 h
140 h
0 h
Assessment methods:
written test and oral examination
Assessment criteria ratio:
Requirement type
Daily attendanceCombined form
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Recomended reading and other learning resources:
MACKAY, D. Sustainable Energy - without the hot air.  [online]. 2009. URL:
DEMIRBAS, A. Biofuels: securing the planet’s future energy needs. London: Springer, 2009. 336 p. ISBN 978-1-84882-010-4.

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Last modification made by Ing. Michal Karhánek on 04/23/2020.

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