361-0556/01 – Alternative energy (AES)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Power EngineeringCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Mojmír Vrtek, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Mojmír Vrtek, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFSIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
NEM239 Ing. Ondřej Němček, Ph.D.
SZE75 Ing. Zbyszek Szeliga, Ph.D.
VRT20 doc. Ing. Mojmír Vrtek, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 2+2

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students learn to understand the problems of alternative energy sources. Students will be able to: - Explain and define basic concepts discussed in the fields of - Clarify the links and connections within the given fields and external relations to other areas of energy - Describe the basic technical equipment used in those fields and explain their principles They will receive: - An overview of the terminology - An overview of the basic technological processes of transfer and transform energy in relevant areas They will be able to: - Perform basic energy balance and capacity calculations in the areas of the issue - Select appropriate ways and methods to achieve the desired objectives in practice

Teaching methods



The subject deals with properties and ways of utilising alternative, especially renewable energy sources, which can be used without combustion processes. I.e. utilisation of solar, wind, wind, low-potential heat of natural mass and sea and ocean energy. The course also focuses on other alternative technologies such as fuel cells, hydrogen technologies, thermoelectric generators, etc.

Compulsory literature:

GODFREY, B., et al. Renewable energy. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. 452 p. ISBN 0-19-926178-4. HEINLOTH, K. (editor). Energy Technologies. Subvolume C: Renewable Energy. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2006. ISBN-10 3-540-42962-x.

Recommended literature:

SORENSEN, B. Renewable Energy. Burlington: Elsevier Academic Press, 2004. 952 p. ISBN 0126561532. Thermal use of solar energy. Solar thermal systems and components. AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies, 2009. HAU, E. Wind Turbine. Fundamentals, Technologies, Application, Economics. Springer, Berlin 2005. VRTEK, M. Renewable sources in energy systems. Tarnów: TANT Publishers, 2009. ISBN 978-83-928990-0-6. Next study materials: /vyuka/vrt/AOZE/ - OneDrive of the Department of Power Engineering - non-public access, the password will be provided by the teacher.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Credit project. Written and oral exam.


Other requirements

Another demands for student are not.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Energy: types, sources, transformations and transfers. 2. Consumption and energy supply. Renewable sources. 3. The properties of solar radiation and its modelling. 4. Photothermic conversion - active systems - thermal solar collectors and systems. Thermal solar power plants. 5. Photothermic conversion - passive utilization - architectural design of buildings. 6. Photovoltaic conversion - Photovoltaic cells and power plants. 7. Utilization of low potential heat of natural mass by means of heat pumps. 8. Water energy, flow duration curve. Hydropower plants. 9. Water turbines. 10. Wind energy. Betz's limit. 11. Wind rotors and power stations. 12. Geothermal energy. Sea energy. 13. Fuel cells. Hydrogen energy. 14. Magnetodynamic transformation of energy. Thermoelectric and thermoelectric generators.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
Task nameType of taskMax. number of points
(act. for subtasks)
Min. number of pointsMax. počet pokusů
Credit and Examination Credit and Examination 100 (100) 51
        Credit Credit 35  18
        Examination Examination 65  33 3
Mandatory attendence participation: 80% participation in seminars

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Conditions for subject completion and attendance at the exercises within ISP: No compulsory attendance. Compensation for non-participation in seminars - processing of assigned tasks (calculation examples, research work). Credit, exam according to general conditions.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeField of studySpec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2023/2024 (N0713A070003) Energy Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2022/2023 (N0713A070003) Energy Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0713A070003) Energy Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0713A070003) Energy Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan
2019/2020 (N0713A070003) Energy Engineering P English Ostrava 2 Compulsory study plan

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