2019 Energy and Electric Power Conversion Technology

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Oguri Yoshiyuki 
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Tue5-6(S224)  Fri5-6(S224)  
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Course description and aims

This course introduces thermal power technologies and related knowledge of thermodynamics and hydrodynamics as the basis of these technologies. Emphasis is placed on principles, structures, roles and technical development status of the electric power equipment. Scientific basis of energy/environmental problems is also discussed. In addition, hydraulic power, nuclear power, alternative energies, transmission/transformation facilities and energy transformation/storage technologies are explained.

Student learning outcomes

Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand basic principles of generation, transmission and transformation of electricity, and explain key technologies of planning, design and operation of thermal, hydraulic and nuclear power plants.
2) Understand various related scientific fields, ranging from the basics of hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, combustion theory, electrochemistry and nuclear reactions to application to environmental problems.
3) Explain the present status and future prospects of the technical development in electric power industry.

Corresponding educational goals are:
(1) Specialist skills Fundamental specialist skills
(4) Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Organization and analysis
(7) Skills acquiring a wide range of expertise, and expanding it into more advanced and other specialized areas


Thermal power generation, hydraulic power generation, nuclear power generation, transmission and transformation of electricity, thermodynamic cycle, hydrodynamics, environmental conservation, energy conservation, alternative energies

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

A quiz is given at the end of every class, except for Class 15.
Class 15 is held as a study tour to a thermal power plant in Tokyo bay area. The date (Wednesday afternoon; can be before Class 14), meeting place and time will be announced in advance.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 (1) Energy/environmental problems and electric energy (2) Overview of thermal power systems and related basics of thermodynamics (1) Explain the relation between energy/environmental problems and electric energy. (2) Explain system configuration of thermal power plants and related basics of thermodynamics.
Class 2 Basics of thermodynamic cycles Conduct efficiency calculation of reversible thermodynamic cycles, and explain the concepts of entropy and enthalpy.
Class 3 Practical steam cycles Explain principles of steam cycles including reheat and regenerative cycles.
Class 4 (1) Gas turbines and combined cycles (2) Basics of fossil fuels (1) Explain principles of gas turbines and combined cycles. (2) Explain the origins and properties of coal, petroleum and natural gas.
Class 5 Fuel and combustion calculation Conduct calculations on the combustion of gas/liquid/solid fuels and mass balances.
Class 6 (1) Air pollution control technologies (2) Basics of heat transfer (1) Explain low-emission burners, deNOx/deSOx technologies and dust collectors in power plants. (2) Conduct heat transfer calculation, and explain principles of heat exchangers.
Class 7 Basics of hydroelectric systems Explain principles of hydroelectric power systems and related basics of fluid dynamics.
Class 8 Water turbines for hydroelectric power plants Explain characteristics of different types of water turbines.
Class 9 Nuclear power and the environment Explain principles of nuclear power and its environmental impact.
Class 10 Overview of technologies for transmission/transformation of electric energy Explain power transmission/transformation systems, and related equipment.
Class 11 (1) Transmission/transformation of electric power and the environment (2) Capacity factor improvement and material reduction (1) Explain technologies related to power transmission/transformation equipment and the environment. (2) Explain the methods and technologies for capacity factor improvement and material reduction.
Class 12 Improvement of energy use efficiency Explain the improvement of energy use efficiency based on combined cycles, fuel cells, superconducting cables, heat pumps and cogeneration systems.
Class 13 Alternative energies Explain the definition and characteristics of alternative energies, and principles of solar, wind and biomass power.
Class 14 Other methods of power generation Explain the principles of MHD generators, marine energies, coal gasification power and fast breeder reactors.
Class 15 Study tour of a power plant Explain the system configuration of an actual thermal power plant.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Course materials are provided during class.
Reference books:
S. Yanabu and H. Nishikawa, "Energy Conversion Technology", Tokyo Denki University Press, ISBN-13: 978-4501112202 (2004) (in Japanese).

Assessment criteria and methods

Assessment is based on a final exam (weight = 70%) and a quiz at the end of each session (weight = 30%).

Related courses

  • EEE.P321 : Electric Power Engineering I
  • EEE.P322 : Electric Power Engineering II
  • TSE.A311 : Introduction to Nuclear Engineering

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

Electric Power Engineering I, Electric Power Engineering II

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