Course code WUT11
Course title Energy Sources, Conversion and Storage
Institution Warsaw University of Technology
Course address Warsaw University of Technology, Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Institute of Heat Engineering, ul. Nowowiejska 21/25
City Warsaw
Minimum year of study 2nd year
Minimum level of English Good
Minimum level of French None
Key words
energy sources, conversion, storage, energy balance, alternative energy sources
Language English
Professor responsible Prof. Roman Domański, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Telephone +48 228255270, mobile +48 691031385
Fax +48 228255270
Participating professors Prof. Roman Domański, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Number of places Minimum: 20, Maximum: 30, Reserved for local students: 0
After the course the student should be able to evaluate  energy resources, construct energy scenarios, make evaluation of implementation possibilities for new energy technologies, evaluation of environmental threats related to energy conversion processes, feasibility of individual technologies for certain geographical areas (esp. EU). Higher emphasis will be put on alternative energy sourced; presenting new and prospective energy conversion and storage technologies.
Programme to be followed
Basic terms related to energy conversion processes. World’s energy resources (organic fossil fuels, nuclear fuels, renewable sources): documented and possible. Selected scenarios for world’s energy development (IEA, WEC, DOE…). Threats related to energy conversion processes. Energy conversion matrix. Energy conversion efficiency for selected processes and devices. Issues of energy accumulation in various forms. Possibility of energy storage. Environmental footprint of energy conversion processes: local and global. Greenhouse effect. Legal framework and standards for environmental protection. Renewable sources; sun as an energy source, conversion of solar radiation energy (collectors and photovoltaic systems). Biomass and biofuels. Wind power, energy of waters and oceans, OTEC. Geothermy – geothermal systems, prospective hot dry rock technologies. Nuclear reactions, nuclear fission, fusion, nuclear threats. Heat pumps, examples of application. Hydrogen as an energy carrier, hydrogen production and storage. Fuel cells in power industry and transportation. Energy conversion in lasers. Prospective power generation technologies. Rationalization of energy consumption, increase of energy conversion efficiencies.
Prerequisites Basic thermodynamics
Course exam Multi choice test (about 30 questions)