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Energy Efficiency. Alternative Sources of Energy

The course consists of eight separate modules. The main focus is on analyzes of main problems, challenges and trends in the global energy sector, dynamics and possible scenarios of its development. The efficiency of various methods of energy generation is debated. The physical and technical fundamentals of wind and solar energy are discussed. The possibility of using autonomous combined energy plants for power supply of remote objects is shown. Two remote labs illustrated the possibilities of different solar technologies support the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course the learner is expected to be able to:

Course structure

Dynamics of the global energy system development

The history of the development of global energy system, the change in its structure as well as a paradigm shift in the energy market is discussed. The classification of the main sources of energy and the assessment of their resources are given.

Efficiency of the global energy system. Problems and challenges

The efficiency of various methods of energy generation is analized. The role and place of Russia in the global energy system is discussed. The concepts of "energy efficiency" and "energy sensitivity" of the economy are debated.

Wind energy

Physical and technical fundamentals of wind energy, the main types of wind generators is one of the main topic of this module. The analysis of world trends and the potential for the development of wind energy in Russia are debated. An algorithm for making decisions when choosing wind power plants is presented.

Solar energy

Physical and technical fundamentals of solar energy, the main types of installations is one of the main topic of this module. The analysis of world trends and the potential for the development of solar energy in Russia are debated. A statistical method for evaluation of the initial investment for a solar power plant installation for different types of PV-panels is presented.

Autonomous combined energy plants

The autonomous combined energy plants and units and their application in the energy system development are discussed. The key principle of such units and plants is an opportunity to use both alternative energy (solar panels, wind mills) and traditional fossil fuel combustion energy. The autonomous combined energy plants and units are of high demand in territories with the absence of electrical supply but with significant potential capacity of alternative energy sources.

The global energy system in the future

Possible ways of transformation of the global energy system, possible scenarios of its development are debated. Hydrocarbons and renewable energy sources: are they competitors or complementors? Which source of energy will be dominated in the global energy system in XXI century? These and some other questions dealing with transformation of the global energy system in short and long terms are discussed.

Remote lab ‘Thermal Solar Energy’

Thermal solar systems convert solar energy into usable thermal energy. The remote lab exercise “Thermal Solar Energy” allows demonstrating solar thermal heating of domestic water in an illustrative manner. It uses the thermosiphon system to heat water or the traditional pumping system.

Remote lab ‘Photovoltaic Application’

The remote lab “Photovoltaic Application” has been designed to study the energy production by photovoltaic panels. This application will provide the user with the knowledge and the essential skills about the photovoltaic panel operation during the production of electrical energy from solar energy.


  • Teacher:
    Valeriy Bessel
    Valeriy Bessel
    Professor
  •  
    Alkesandr Serovaiskii
    Alkesandr Serovaiskii
    Assistant Professor
  • Partner:
    Gazprom Orgenergogaz
  •  
    NewTech Services
  • University:
    Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas
    Russia
    Gubkin Russian State University of Oil and Gas

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