Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: M4en. Course coordinator: Docent Jens Klingmann,, Energy Sciences. Prerequisites: MMVF01 Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics or similar. Assessment: Written examination, and a minor paper to be presented orally. Home page:

Much of today's discussion on power plant technologies is focusing on carbon dioxide emissions and their contribution to climate change. Most of the present Swedish electricity production is characterized by very low CO2 emissions, mainly nuclear and hydro power, which means that Sweden has low carbon emissions in comparison to other European countries. Globally however, power and heat production accounts for over 40% of all CO2 emissions which is almost twice as much as the transport sector.

Projections from World Energy Outlook (WEO 2009) show a doubling of demand for electricity to 2030 calculated from 2009. This means that new power generation units will need to be installed around the world at the same time as older power plants will be phased out. On top of this comes the uncertainty of nuclear power which is a controversial, both politically and economically.

The course aims at providing a deeper understanding of different types of power plant processes, their operation, environmental effects and suitability for today's power systems. Emphasis is placed on emissions of CO2, but also other environmental aspects are considered. The covered power generation processes are: renewable (solar, wind and bio-fueled thermal power plants), nuclear and fossil-fired power plants with CO2 capture.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Power plants and emissions

Strategies for reduction of greenhouse gases

power plants with low CO2 emissions:

- Hydro, solar and wind power plants

- Fossil fired power plants with CO2 capture

- Biofuel fired power plants

- Nuclear power

Energi - möjligheter och dilemma: from IVA and KVA
Material from VGB
Material from research in the department (handouts)
Articles relating to the chosen individual subject