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MVKN95 Environmentally Friendly Power Generation

General information

Course responsible: Jens Klingmann (046-222 9268)

Background

Energy demand is projected to continue its increase and this applies particularly to electricity. This means that new power generation units will need to be installed around the world at the same time as older power plants will be phased out. On top of this comes the uncertainty of nuclear power which is a controversial, both politically and economically. Much of today's discussion on power production is focusing on carbon dioxide emissions and their contribution to climate change. Most of the present Swedish electricity production is characterized by very low CO2 emissions, mainly nuclear and hydro power, which means that Sweden has low carbon emissions in comparison to other countries. Globally however, coal-fired power’s share of generation is still around 40% and projected to decrease 28% in 2040 (Source: IEA, WEO 2016)

The course aims at providing a deeper understanding of different types of power plant processes, their operation, environmental effects and suitability for today's power systems. Emphasis is placed on emissions of CO2, but also other environmental aspects are also considered. The covered power generation processes are: renewable (solar power, wind power, hydro and bio-fueled thermal power plants), nuclear and fossil-fired power plants with CO2 capture. Also the effect of volatile power (solar and wind) creates problems with matching production with demand. A number of possible strategies may be invoked to overcome this such as back-up power, storage and demand side management. Further the introduction of smart grids may become a part of the solution. All these concepts are discussed in the course

 

 

 

Sidansvarig:

SYSAV

 

 

Guest lectures / Study visits

Guest lecture by Roland Flaig from EOn Renewable

when: 23/9 8:15
where: M:M1

 

Study Visit at SYSAV

when: 4/10, 10:00 sharp
where: buss leaves from mech. eng. parking lot. We will be back at 12:30.