Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3056 - Parallel Energy Technologies (2012)

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MODULE TITLEParallel Energy Technologies CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3056 MODULE CONVENERUnknown
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 30
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Although renewable energy have been widely acknowledged to as a key technical option for bridging the energy system towards a sustainable future, however, other parallel energy options (e.g. coal, gas and nuclear) still dominate the energy system. Can these technologies be made more sustainable? Will they prove to be cost-effective? Will they complement with or stifle renewable energy? The module provides essential knowledge for students to address these questions. As an interdisciplinary module, students are not expected to carry a specific skill before taking this module, however knowledge on the energy system and interest in parallel energy technologies are beneficial.

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to introduce students the technical and economic issues of parallel energy technologies, for both primary and secondary energy sources. Parallel energy technologies are those technologies which may play a part in the provision of energy supply alongside renewable energy in securing a more sustainable and secure energy future. Coverage includes technology learning and social cost and benefit aspects. By taking the modules, students are expected to be capable of evaluating energy technologies from an energy system perspective and forecasting their potential future evolution processes.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. Greater understanding of, and an ability to discuss the technical characteristics of, different energy technologies
2. A clear perspective of the technical development trend of parallel energy technologies for future energy delivery
3. An ability to estimate and compare the cost of parallel energy technologies
4. A clear understanding of the roles of energy technologies from an energy system’s perspective
 

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

5. An ability to apply mathematical methods for analysing technical and economic issues
6. An ability to undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge and precedent practice to take appropriate action in order to identify solutions
7. An ability to critically evaluate problems and apply knowledge and understanding to produce, to a strict deadline, detailed recommendations / reasoned arguments for an appropriate solution procedure

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

8. Greater autonomy in planning and managing resources that support the syllabus plan and should be able to reflect upon on the efficiency of use of these resources
9. The capability to present report calculations with awareness of professional codes of conduct and can incorporate an ethical dimension and/or exercise personal judgment into/on their work.
10. Familiarity and some proficiency in the use of some proprietary software packages

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

1. Introduction to the Energy System

2. Evolution of Nuclear Fission Technologies for Power Generation

3. Nuclear Fusion: the current state and the future potential

4. Shale Gas: reserve, technologies, economics and the environmental impact

5. Introduction to Advanced Thermal Power Plants: technologies, economics and the environmental impacts

6. Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Technologies

7. Introduction to Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Technologies

8. Coal to Liquid Technologies

9. Hydrogen as a Secondary Energy Option

10. Technology Learning Process and Experience Curve

11. Assessing the Levelised Cost of Energy Technologies

12. Social Cost Benefit Analysis for Parallel Energy Technologies

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Teaching and Seminars 27 Formal contact
Independent learning 73 Associated study time
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
In-class exercises 4 x 20 minutes 1-5, 7 Oral
In-class group discussion 4 x 30 minutes 1-5, 6, 8 Oral
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Essay   2000 words 1-10 Written
Group Work   20 min presentation with a 4000 word report each group 1-10 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
Summative Assessment Additional Summative assignment 1-10 August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 40% and/or 1 Exam 60%

 

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE: ww.vle.exeter.ac.uk

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), 2011. Electricity Generation Cost Model: 2011 Update.

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/about/ec_social_res/analytic_projs/gen_costs/gen_costs.aspx

NETL, 2007. Supercritical Pulverized Bituminous Coal Plant.

http://www.netl.doe.gov/KMD/cds/disk50/PC%20Plant%20Case_Supercritical_051507.pdf

NETL, 2010. Lifecycle Analysis: Supercritical Pulverized Coal (SCPC) Power Plant.

http://www.netl.doe.gov/energy-analyses/refshelf/PubDetails.aspx?Action=View&PubId=354
IPCC, 2005. Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage. Special Report. 431p.

http://www.ipcc.ch/pdf/special-reports/srccs/srccs_wholereport.pdf

Mott-MacDonald, 2010. UK Electricity Generation Costs Update.

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/statistics/projections/71-uk-electricity-generation-costs-update-.pdf

Andrews, A., Folger, P., Humphries, M., Copeland, C., Tiemann, M., Meltz, R., Brougher, C., 2009. Unconventional Gas Shales: Development, Technology, and Policy Issues. Congressional Research Service.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R40894.pdf

 

Other Resources:

Videos about How Nuclear Work:

How conventional nuclear power plant works: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJfIbBDR3e8

Future power plant with nuclear fusion technologies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERE_gbBWlD0&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PL8105C83F95FC45C2

 

Videos about How CCS Work:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0i6dhEPSwU

 

Video about IGCC Process:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbQAzIHZz5E

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Krappe, H.J., Pomorski, K., Theory of Nuclear Fission: A Textbook Springer 2012 [Library]
Set Marques, J.G Evolution of nuclear fission reactors: Third generation and beyond. Energy Conversion and Management 51(9) 1774-1780 2010 [Library]
Set IEA CO2 Capture and Storage: A Key Carbon Abatement Option OECD/IEA 2008 [Library]
Set Arno de, K. Beyond Fischer-Tropsch: Coal-to-liquids production and refining Elsevier Science 2009 [Library]
Set Sorensen, B Hydrogen and Fuel Cell, Second Edition: Emerging Technologies and Applications (Sustainable World) Elsevier Academic Press [Library]
Set Junginger, M., van Sark, W., Faaij, A Technological Learning in the Energy Sector: Lessons for Policy, Industry and Science 2010 [Library]
Set Hanley, M Pricing Nature: Cost-benefit Analysis and Environmental Policy Edward Elgar Pub 2009 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 6 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 06 November 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 09 January 2013
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined