636-3036/01 – Materials for renewable energy sources (MOZE)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Material EngineeringCredits6
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Anastasia Volodarskaja, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Anastasia Volodarskaja, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementCompulsory
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2020/2021Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
BET37 doc. Ing. Petra Váňová, Ph.D.
MAS0021 doc. Ing. Anastasia Volodarskaja, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 3+3
Part-time Credit and Examination 18+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Students will get acquainted with the main groups of constructional materials that are used in different types of renewable energy sources. They will be able to consider the choice of suitable constructional materials for a specific device, its parts and the operating parameters. They will know directions of further development in the core areas of renewable energy sources.

Teaching methods

Experimental work in labs


The course focuses on important groups of materials that are used as main components of renewable energy equipment, namely: wind power plants, photovoltaic power plants, hydropower plants, geothermal energy systems, fuel cells and biomass processing plants. It will briefly highlight the technology, main components of the technological units and materials from which the components are produced. In the course students will get acquainted with the kinds of materials, their chemical composition, internal structure and properties in relation to each other, as well as with the possible degradation mechanisms of the materials used.

Compulsory literature:

ZOBAA, A. F. and R. C. BANSAL, Eds. Handbook of Renewable Energy technology. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2011. ISBN 978-981-4289-06-1.

Recommended literature:

BRILLSON, L. J., Ed. Advanced Materials for Our Energy Future. Materials Park, Ohio: ASM International, 2010. Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy. ISSN: 2194-1459 (Print) 2194-1467 (Online).

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Průběžné ověření studijních výsledků: prezenční forma studia - 2 písemné testy, 2 programy zpracované v průběhu semestru; kombinovaná forma studia - 2 programy zpracované v průběhu semestru. Závěrečné ověření studijních výsledků: prezenční i kombinovaná forma studia - písemná zkouška.


Other requirements

There are no further requirements.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Main groups of renewable energy sources, the most important technological units; structure of renewable energy sources in the Czech Republic. 2. Wind energy: wind turbine with horizontal axis, main components - head, leaves, shaft, main bearing, gearbox, turning leaf mechanism, used materials, possible degradation mechanisms. Other types of wind power devices. 3. Solar energy: photovoltaics, basic description of photovoltaic cell - physical principle, the function of the photovoltaic cell and its construction, photovoltaic panels - used materials, structural and technological requirements for materials, possible degradation mechanisms. Solar thermal power plants, basic kinds, construction, materials used. 4. Water energy: Hydroelectric power plants, working principle of hydropower plants, basic classification and construction of water turbines, main components of hydropower plants with Kaplan, Francis, Pelton turbine; used materials, operating conditions, possible degradation mechanisms. 5. Geothermal energy: geothermal systems; geothermal power plants - basic types - geothermal power plant with dry steam, geothermal power plant with wet steam, geothermal power plant with binary cycle; major structural parts, used materials, possible degradation mechanisms; heat pumps, types, construction, used materials. 6. Fuel cells, electrochemical energy sources: basic classification of fuel cells, fuel cell classification and their characteristics, used materials, ways of utilization. Hydrogen as an energy carrier: hydrogen production, methods, used construction materials; hydrogen storage: gaseous state – pressure cylinders, types, parameters, materials used, advantages, disadvantages, degradation possibilities and associated risks; liquid state – cryogenic reservoirs, used materials, advantages, disadvantages, possibilities of degradation; bonding hydrogen to solid materials - hydrides; carbon nanostructured materials. 7. Biomass energy: Types of biomass and their energy potential, processes of biomass processing (thermochemical processes, biochemical processes, physicochemical processes), most frequently used processes: biomass combustion - equipment, main parts, used materials; anaerobic fermentation, biogas production - equipment, used materials.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2020/2021 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  21
        Examination Examination 65  30 3
Mandatory attendence participation: Required participation in exercises.

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Occurrence in study plans

Academic yearProgrammeBranch/spec.Spec.ZaměřeníFormStudy language Tut. centreYearWSType of duty
2021/2022 (N0719A270004) Materials and technologies for energy industry PME P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2021/2022 (N0719A270004) Materials and technologies for energy industry PME K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0719A270004) Materials and technologies for energy industry PME K Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan
2020/2021 (N0719A270004) Materials and technologies for energy industry PME P Czech Ostrava 1 Compulsory study plan

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