Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: Students registered in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering mainly.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Prerequisites: Normal school entry requirements.
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:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||2 weeks||2 per week||2 hours|
|Lecture||9 weeks||1 per week||2 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|Dissertation||30||Technology Assessment Report and Presentation|
|Exam 1||70||2 hour exam|
Dr C Sun
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.
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.
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.
A126.96.36.199 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.
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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