ME-409 / 4 crédits

Enseignant(s): Maréchal François, Nguyen Tuong-Van

Langue: Anglais


Summary

This course presents an overview of (i) the main principles of energy conversion for conventional (fossil and nuclear) and renewable energy resources and of (ii) the most important parameters that define the efficiency, resource use, costs and impacts of the associated technologies.

Content

Keywords

Energy conversion, renewable energy

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Physics I
Physics II

Important concepts to start the course

  • Thermodynamics (conservation laws - 1st and 2nd principles)
  • Conservation principles (energy, mass, momentum)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Model energy conversion systems and industrial processes
  • Derive the energy balances of an energy conversion system
  • Elaborate energy conversion scenarios
  • Describe the principles and limitations of the main energy conversion technologies
  • Quantify the efficiency and the main emission sources of energy conversion processes
  • Compare energy conversion systems (efficiency, economics and impacts)
  • Describe the main thermodynamic cycles
  • Apply the concepts of thermodynamic efficiencies
  • Explain the main principles and limitations of energy conversion and storage technologies
  • Characterize fossil and renewable energy resources and their corresponding conversion technologies
  • Assess / Evaluate the challenges related to energy: resources, energy services, economic and environmental impacts

Transversal skills

  • Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Write a scientific or technical report.
  • Access and evaluate appropriate sources of information.
  • Identify the different roles that are involved in well-functioning teams and assume different roles, including leadership roles.

Teaching methods

Ex-cathedra lectures of 2 hours per week, completed by 1-2 hours of exercice/project sessions with the teaching assistants

Expected student activities

  • Active participation to the lecture sessions
  • Exercices consisting of theory questions and case studies, for the exam preparation
  • Mini-project consisting in proposing an energy transition pathway for Switzerland

Assessment methods

  • Written exam at the end of the semester (67%)
  • Final project report (33%)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum No

Resources

Notes/Handbook

The course material consists of the following:

  • Course compendium (lectures, exercises, solutions, project and former exams with corrections), available as a .pdf and on a dedicated website
  • Slides and Pre-recorded videos, available on Moodle and on a SWITCHtube channel

Note that the course compendium and the slides/videos present the same content, the main difference lies in the addition of examples and further details in the coursebook in case of interest or need of explanations. This is done so that the interested student can choose the most suitable material and follow the course in case of conflict with other courses.

Videos

Dans les plans d'études

  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Semestre: Automne
  • Forme de l'examen: Ecrit (session d'hiver)
  • Matière examinée: Energy conversion and renewable energy
  • Cours: 2 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Exercices: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines
  • Projet: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 14 semaines

Semaine de référence

 LuMaMeJeVe
8-9     
9-10     
10-11CM4    
11-12    
12-13CM4    
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     

Lundi, 10h - 12h: Cours CM4

Lundi, 12h - 13h: Exercice, TP CM4