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H84PGC Power Generation and Carbon Capture
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Students registered in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering mainly.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: Normal school entry requirements.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  

The following topics are covered: Fossil fuels, occurrence, use and world-wide availability; Fossil power generation, conventional and advanced technologies; Current environmental/climate change issues in Power Generation using Fossil Fuels: Emission problems and reduction technologies; climate-forcing carbon emissions and fossil energy de-carbonisation; Co-firing of fossil fuels and biomass; carbon (CO2) capture and storage (CCS).

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 2 weeks2 per week2 hours
Lecture 9 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

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Dissertation 30 Technology Assessment Report and Presentation 
Exam 1 70 2 hour exam 

Dr C Sun

Education Aims:  

The challenges in tackling climate change call for a sustainable re-structuring of our energy infrastructure particularly the fossil fuel fired power generation sector. The primary aim of this module is to address the major issues and challenges facing the power generation sector using fossil fuels. This will be related to emissions problems and their abatement technologies and will address both conventional and advanced power generation technologies, with a particular focus on various aspects of CCS technologies and their application in a range of fossil energy sectors, from the technical and deployment status of CCS to related financial and environmental challenges and opportunities.

The module aims to give students a clear understanding of the fundamentals and techniques in clean energy production. The technology assessment exercise will focus on a specific clean energy solution and will require critical evaluation of the literature to provide an informed recommendation on a technology choice. The coursework aims to consider the wider implications, economic, societal and environmental of technology selections.

Learning Outcomes:  

A6.0.5 Have a broader understanding of related subjects.

Introduction of climate change science and greenhouse gas emissions, power generation technologies/systems and related carbon abatement technologies (CATs) for de-carbonising the power sector.

A3.3.2 Be aware of research and developments in relevant technologies and their potential impact on current practice.

Taught in relation to relevant research and development activities in low-carbon power generation and related CCS technologies.

  • Assessed via both exam and group coursework on technology assessment.

    A6.0.4 Have some understanding of the limits of available technology and of the potential of new and emerging technology.

    Taught and assessed in relation to advanced and new power generation and CCS technologies or concepts compared to existing technologies.

    A2.7.1.1 How sustainability, economics, health and safety and professionalism are informed by and influence the ethical reasoning and behaviour of the professional engineer.

    Taught in relation to the sustainability of existing and emerging power generation technologies/plants and the general issues concerning the development and deployment of CCS technologies, such as the economics, financing, public awareness, health and safety and related regulations etc.

  • Assessed via exam and group course work.

    A6.0.1 Have the ability to handle uncertainty and complexity.

    Use of inherently uncertain information to complete a technology or process assessment covering various aspects of technology/engineering analysis and decision making.

    Offering School:  Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

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