ESSn5021 Energy Commodities I.

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2020
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Vlček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tereza Stašáková (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Tomáš Vlček, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Wed 8:00–9:40 U42
! ESS421 Energy Commodities I. && ! MEB412 Tech Ec Aspects of Energy II && ! MEBn5012 Tech Ec Aspects of Energy II && ! NOWANY ( ESS421 Energy Commodities I. , MEB412 Tech Ec Aspects of Energy II , MEBn5012 Tech Ec Aspects of Energy II )
Ability to read and speak English
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to cover the basic mechanics, designs and technologies of energy-producing devices and installations. The main attention is focused on explaining the mechanisms and operations of energy production plants and some important features of technology and economy/economics for conducting an energy-focused research or assessing an energy policy. The course thus deals mostly with following main areas: the production chains, the usage of energy commodities, the relation between energy and economy, and how the energy commodities are marketed. The course Energy Commodities I consists of topics of principles of electricity production, transport and consumption, coal industry, nuclear energy, renewables and modern technologies, trends of the technological and the economic aspects of an energy sector and other topics. Electrification of industry and consumption is a modern trend increasing the demand on production and quality of electricity. The course thus responds to modern trends in worldwide energy policy.
Learning outcomes
Students will be able to understand basics of electricity production; understand pros and cons of individual energy sources and explain their value chains in the whole production cycle; students will also be able to make well-supported arguments in the topic of new energy sources; and will be able to interpret basic academic energy-related texts of technical nature.
  • 1) Introductory Session 2) Introduction to Electricity Industry I 3) Introduction to Electricity Industry II 4) Introduction to Electricity Industry III 5) Coal and Steam Power Plants 6) Nuclear Fuel Cycle 7) Environmental Aspects of Nuclear Energy 8) Nuclear Accidents and Disasters 9) Reading Week 10) Field trip 11) Renewable Energy Sources and Modern Technologies 12) Electricity Markets I 13) Electricity Markets II+III
    required literature
  • SOVACOOL, Benjamin K. Contesting the future of nuclear power : a critical global assessment of atomic energy. Singapore: World Scientific, 2011. x, 296. ISBN 9789814322751. info
  • NERSESIAN, Roy L. Energy for the 21st century : a comprehensive guide to conventional and alternative sources. 2nd ed. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2010. xiv, 401. ISBN 9780765624123. info
  • SMIL, Vaclav. Energy : a beginner's guide. Oxford: Oneworld publications, 2006. ix, 218. ISBN 9781851684526. info
  • BODANSKY, David. Nuclear energy : principles, practices, and prospects. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2004. xxii, 693. ISBN 0387207783. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, in-class discussions, reading of course-related literature
Assessment methods
Mid-term test, exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses

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