2018 Energy system theory すずかけ

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Graduate major in Energy Science and Engineering
Yamada Akira  Suekane Tetsuya  Egashira Ryuichi  Okazaki Ken  Obara Toru  Ihara Manabu  Yoshikawa Kunio  Nanahara Toshiya 
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Course description and aims

Students will learn broad perspectives of energy supply systems. The course will cover the following fields: petroleum engineering, hydrogen energy, nuclear power plants, solar cells, biomass energy, distributed energy grid, and power grid.

Student learning outcomes

The goal of this class is to obtain deep understandings of the broad perspectives of energy supply systems.


petroleum engineering, hydrogen energy, nuclear power generation, solar cells, biomass energy, distributed energy grid, electric power system

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the first class, the overview of the lecture is explained. Attendance is taken in every class. The order of lecture will be given by the OCW.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Prof. Tetsuya Suekane, Department of Mechanical Engineering. "Hydrocarbon resources": This lecture introduces resource exploration including the origin of fossil fuels, production processes including enhanced oil recovery, and economical aspects of hydrocarbon resources including Mckelvey chart and peak oil. Explain hydrocarbon resources.
Class 2 Assoc. Prof. Ryuichi Egashira, Dept of Transdisciplinary Sci. and Eng., School of Env. and Soc. "Petroleum Refinery and Utilization of Petroleum Fractions": Petroleum refinery is well optimized to utilize petroleum, a complicated hydrocarbon mixture, effectively. In this lecture, the refinery process, individual technologies in the process, and variety of petroleum fractions are summarized. Explain petroleum refinery and utilization of petroleum fractions.
Class 3 Prof. Ken Okazaki, Global Hydrogen Energy Research Unit, Institute of Innovative Research, "Clean Coal Technology, Gasification and Hydrogen". World highest clean coal power generation, high efficiency integrated coal gasification combined cycle (IGCC), and future prospect of CO2-free hydrogen as an ultimate clean energy are discussed. Explain clean coal technology and gasification and hydrogen.
Class 4 Prof. Toru Obara, Laboratory for Advanced Nuclear Energy, Institute of Innovative Research "Nuclear Power Generation and Nuclear Fuel Cycle": The outline of nuclear power generation system and the nuclear fuel cycle, which is the flow of material for the system, is lectured. The class aims to deepen the understanding of characteristics of nuclear power generation. Explain nuclear power generation and nuclear fuel cycle.
Class 5 Prof. Akira Yamada, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, “Photovoltaic power system”: Photovoltaics is one of renewable energies, and the following topics will be covered in the lecture: the outline of photovoltaic power system, its importance, and its future. Explain a photovoltaic power system.
Class 6 Prof. Manabu Ihara (Department Chemical Science and Technology) [Distributed smart energy system and H2 energy] Paris agreement requires the large reduction of CO2 emission. The roles of distributed smart energy system and H2 energy will be lectured in the class. Explain a distributed smart energy system and H2 energy.
Class 7 Prof. Kunio Yoshikawa, Department of Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering, School of Environment and Society "Technologies for Conversion of Waste and Biomass into Green Products" : Operating priciples and commercial applications of various technolgies to convert valueless waste and biomass into high value added green products are lectured. Explain technologies for conversion of waste and biomass into green products.
Class 8 Prof. Toshiya Nanahara, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of Engineering, “Electric power system”; The outline of an electric power system is lectured with emphasis on its inherent features as an energy system. Challenges in the system due to high penetration of renewable energy sources are also discussed in the lecture. Explain an electric power system.


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Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluation will be based on a reporting assignment or the quiz which is assigned during the classes.

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Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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