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Unit information: Power Generation for the 22nd Century in 2018/19

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Unit name Power Generation for the 22nd Century
Unit code MENGM0002
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Joe Quarini
Open unit status Not open

H level in either Fluids, Thermo or Heat Transfer disciplines, or equivalent



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


The structure of this course is designed to cover a matrix of power generation methods including conventional fossil based systems, nuclear as well as emphasising the renewable options. Specifically it will focus on generic power generation processes (thermal via heat engines to mechanical and then electrical, renewable technologies, including wind, wave, tide, geothermal and direct solar conversion). The course will also put the power generation industry into a modern context (social-political as well as environmental pressures).

Intended learning outcomes

AtAt the end of the course the student will be able to: 1. Compare the different and established forms of power generation and rank these in terms of efficiency, cost, and environmental impact. 2. Use engineering principles when faced with a new form of power generation to quantify its merits. 3. Identify the multi-faceted problems and challenges faced by the power generation industry, list possible solutions and calculate their cost saving and energy efficiency

Teaching details

24 lectures

Assessment Details

2 hour examination (3 questions out of 4)

Reading and References

Environmental Physics. E Boeker & R Van Grondelle, J Wiley & Son, ISBN:0471 997803, 1999

Energy Systems & Sustainability. G Boyle, Oxford University Press, ISBN10: 0199261792, 2003

Energy & the Environment. R Ristinen & J Krausharr, J Wiley & Son ISBN10 0471739898, 2006

Energy Science: Principles, Technology and Impacts. J Andrews & N Jelley, Oxford University Press, ISBN:978 0 19 928112 1, 2007