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K14CHP Combined Heat and Power Systems
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Registration for a MSc or EngD.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Registration for an MSc

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  The module covers the topic of Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology (large, small and micro scale systems). The module content includes: 1) Basic definition of CHP; 2) Energy balance of CHP; 3) Components and specification of CHP; 4) Types of prime movers used in CHP (Internal combustion engines, gas turbines, Steam, CCGT, Stirling engine, etc) and associated equipment (Heat recovery, electric generators.); 5) Selection and sizing CHP using energy demand profiles; 6) Economic and environmental analysis (payback, period, LCOE, carbon emissions); 6) Case studies for different applications (Buildings/industry) Module Web Links:
  • Moodle
  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 12 weeks1 per week2 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Private study - 55 hours.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 70 one unseen written 2-hour exam 
    Project 1 30 2,000-word report or equivalent calculations 

    Dr R Boukhanouf

    Education Aims:  This module aims to provide the student with the technical understanding of CHP systems with strong emphasis on application in different industries. The student will also learn to distinguish between different types of CHP system, identify the correct type and size of a CHP system for different applications, and carry out a feasibility study to establish the viability of CHP.

    Learning Outcomes:  

  • Acquire basic knowledge and understanding for the need of energy efficient technologies
  • Develop intellectual skills in understanding different types of heat and power generation systems, performance, measurement, use of engineering properties of energy conversion systems
  • Gain professional practical skills in assessing and applying theoretical principles in determining performance of mini and micro-CHP systems
  • Use of theoretical and practical tools to be able to make technical as well as economic decisions on viability of CHP schemes

    Offering School:  Department of Architecture and Built Environment

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