Sustainable Energy Engineering and Technology
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Course title in Estonian
Jätkusuutlik energeetika ja tehnoloogia
Course title in English
Sustainable Energy Engineering and Technology
ECTS credits
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Teaching semester
Sergei Bereznev (English)
2022/2023 autumn
Course aims
To introduce the basis of development of sustainable energy technologies, the types of renewable energy sources, their using options and effectiveness, indicators, the working principles of facilities and their calculation fundamentals.
To develop a systematic, scientific basis picture of the world, based on sustainable energy technology.
To deepen basic knowledge of students in their speciality - with the target to create and employ materials used in alternative and sustainable energetics, to analyze and plan processes taking place in sustainable energetics.
To introduce basic concepts of sustainable energetics to students: fundamentals of joint sustainable action of nature, society and economy.

Learning outcomes in the course
Student who has completed course:
- Knows the basis for the development of sustainable energy technology. Familiar with different types of renewable energy sources. Can determine the principles and methods of renewable energy resources.
- Knows energy conversion devices and working principles of renewable energy sources. Able to assess how and where to implement renewable energy sources in the local energy supply system. Able to size a renewable energy devices and analyze the resulting energy savings.
- Knows an integral comprehension of their speciality - targeted to creation and use of materials employed in alternative and sustained energetics, the analysis and planning of processes taking place in sustainable energetics.
- Knows principles of sustainable energetics: fundamentals of joint sustainable action of nature, society and economy.
- Knows principles and methodology and are able to use the named in domains related to their speciality.
Brief description of the course
In this lecture the extent of problems our growing world population causes for its own survival will be discussed. The benefits and limitations of CO2-sequestration in fossil power plants will be discussed in additionally detail.
Sustainable development and energy technologies. Earth and the sun's radiant energy balance. Circulation of carbon in nature, the efficiency of photosynthesis and the ecosystem. Energy and water, energy and atmosphere. Traditional societies, sources of energy and fuels. Energy conversion efficiency, renewable energy sources in energy density. Classification of renewable energy sources (sun, wind, hydro, biomass, geothermal). And the potential use of renewable energy sources in the world, in Europe and Estonia. Renewable energy sources and conversion of mechanical energy into electrical energy, heat and biofuels - future Scenarios.
Solar astronomy basics, actinometrical energy resource. Direct and indirect use of solar energy technologies and equipment. Wind energy resources, calculation basis of wind turbines. Use of wind energy technologies and equipment. Hydropower resources. Water-energy technologies and equipment (flowing water, sea waves, tides). Hydropower general concept, its components and calculation. The pump power stations. Geothermal resources and the use of technologies and equipment. Biomass energy conversion and utilization technologies and equipment. Biomass (biofuels) species composition, characteristics, influence of properties to work of devices. The methods of analysis and standards. Ash and its properties, the interaction of different biofuels ashes, using of ash. Conceptual sketch of biomass conversion technologies. Biomass energy production chain and parts, lifecycle assessment. Man-made carbon capture and storage. Biodegradable waste, transforming them into energy, technology and equipment. Safety and risks to use of renewable energy resources, social and environmental impacts.

Study literature
1. Lecture notes
2. Roland Wengenmayr, Thomas Bhürke. Renewable Energy. 2008. ISBN 978-3-527-40804-7. Kirjastus WILEY-VCH.
3. Vaughn Nelson. Introduction to Renewable Energy.2011. ISBN-13: 9781439834497. Kirjastus: Taylor & Francis Inc.
4. Ibrahim Dincer, Calin Zamfirescu. Sustainable Energy Systemsand Applications. 2011. ISBN-13: 9780387958606. Kirjastus: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
5. Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5), United Nations Environment Programme, Progress Press Ltd, Malta 2012, ISBN 978-92-807-3177-4.
6. WWF. 2014. Living Planet Report 2014: species and spaces, people and places. [McLellan, R., Iyengar, L., Jeffries, B. and N. Oerlemans (Eds)]. WWF, Gland, Switzerland., ISBN 978-2-940443-87-1.
7. M. Hillman, T. Fawcett, S. C. Rajan: _The Suicidal Planet_, T. Dunne Books, New York, USA, 2007.
8. Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, A Field Guide to Renewable Energy Technologies, 1-st edition 2012 (open-source).
9. Critical materials for the transition to a 100% sustainable energy future, WWF report 2014, Gland, Switzerland, ISBN 978-2-940443-74-1.
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EK - Department of Materials and Environmental Technology
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2022/2023 autumn
Sergei Bereznev, EK - Department of Materials and Environmental Technology
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