Energy technology

The University of Vaasa offers minor studies on Energy technology. The minor focuses on the marine power generation systems, fuels, and the abatement solutions of exhaust emissions.

For marine applications, new renewable fuel options and novel prime mover solutions are required to increase the sustainability of the marine transport and traffic. The demand for drastically decreased greenhouse gas and pollutant emissions has grown rapidly in recent years and the marine legislation is becoming tighter all the time. Consequently, the use of gas as marine fuel is increasing. Different hybrid power plants become more common. Various solutions have been and are developed for the reduction of Sulphur, oxides of Nitrogen, and other emissions.

The minor concentrates on the marine fuel alternatives, efficient and flexible prime movers, and emissions abatement systems. The studies cover liquid renewable fuels and their blends with fossil fuels, as well as gaseous fuel alternatives. In addition, the courses deal with the fundamentals of internal combustion engines. The emissions abatement systems are also considered. Finally, the student can collect all his new knowledge by performing project work and writing a special assignment within the marine energy generation systems – preferably in close cooperation with a company.

Nb! If you want to take the whole minor, you need to start with the course Marine and power plant engines, which will be organized next time in the Fall 2019.

 

Courses included in the programme:

Exhaust and flue gas after-treatment technologies (ENERFT3130), 5 ECTS. Starts 7.1.2019

Apply before Dec 16, 2018

Prerequisites: basic knowledge in chemistry and physics

Learning outcomes: The course is designed to provide students with knowhow and knowledge in the emissions legislation, emissions formation, and emissions abatement systems.

Content and objectives: review of emissions legislation, fundamentals of emissions formation in engines, and basics of emissions abatement systems.

After passing the course, the student is able to

  • list what kind of pollutants the exhaust of engines and flue gas of boiler plants contain
  • explain how various constructive, management and operating factors affect the emissions quantities of exhaust and flue gases
  • describe how the engine exhaust and boiler flue gases are cleaned
  • describe the principles of pollutant measurement systems
  • compute emissions amounts and convert measurement results to other forms defined in and required for the legislation

The course promotes problem solving and decision-making skills, critical thinking, analytical way of working, literal expression and oral communication. The course also promotes life-long learning plus collaboration skills.

Study material: Some parts of the following text books: 1) Heywood, J., Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals (2. Ed.). – 2) Mollenhauer, K. und Tschöke, H. (eds.), Handbook of Diesel Engines. – 3) Wright, A. A., Exhaust Emissions from Combustion Machinery. – 4) Woodyard, D. (ed.), Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines. – 5) Majewski, W. A. and Khair, M. K., Diesel Emissions and Their Control. – 6) Eastwood, P., Critical Topics in Exhaust Gas Aftertreatment. – 7) Zevenhoven, R. and Kilpinen, P., Control of pollutants in flue gases and fuel gases. – Lecture notes.

Teaching methods: By videos through the Moodle platform. – Approximate working hours: lectures plus exercises 30 h, self-directed reading and problem solving 105 h.

Modes of Study: Written exam in Turku or Vaasa.

Languages: English

Grading: scale 1-5 or fail

Responsible person: Seppo Niemi

Teacher(s): Kirsi Spoof-Tuomi, Saana Hautala, Seppo Niemi

Responsible Team: Energy Technology

Present and future prospects in energy technology: a seminar course with industrial viewpoint (FYSIFT3100), 5 ECTS. Starts 4.3.2019.

Apply before Feb 17, 2019

Opening video conference session on Monday March 4, 10:00-11.00.

Learning outcomes: After completion of the course the student has up to date knowledge on the state of the art and future prospects of the selected themes under energy technology. The focus will be in the most recent scientific work, and in the state of the art and outlook of the companies in the energy sector. The course develops critical thinking and analysis skills, and also oral and written communication skills.

Content: Actual content varies from implementation to implementation. The content is defined by the choice of expert lectures and by the presentations given by part of the students. The student presentations are chosen by the study group by voting.

Themes: Wind Energy, Solar Energy, Geo Energy, Bioenergy and Energy Technology Economics

Study material and other literature: Lecture material plus other material

Teaching methods: By videos through the Moodle platform. – Approximate working load: five (5) invited expert lectures, a self-learning assignment (report), learning diary from the expert lectures, independent study.

Modes of study: Approved self-learning assignment and learning diary. All must be executed during one implementation of the course.

Teaching and execution language: Finnish or English

Grading: pass or fail

Responsible person: Seppo Niemi

Teachers: Anne Mäkiranta, Petri Välisuo, Birgitta Martinkauppi, Ville Tuomi and Carolin Nuortila, all from University of Vaasa

Responsible organization: Energy Technology

Marine and power plant engines (ENERFT3110), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019.

Learning outcomes: The course is designed to provide students with knowhow and knowledge in the fundamentals of gas and diesel engine technology.

Content and objectives: Operation principles of different power plant engines. Fundamentals of basic engine parameters, combustion, crankshaft mechanism, and supercharging.

After passing the course, the student can

  • present and classify the gas and diesel engine types
  • solve problems concerning the relative air-fuel ratio, power output, fuel conversion efficiency and specific fuel consumption of an engine, and explain how various factors affect the efficiency and obtained power output
  • calculate combustion chemistry issues like intake air and exhaust flow rates and the composition of the exhaust
  • describe the combustion phenomena of the engines and the factors affecting the quality of combustion, and solve problems of the injection system
  • present how the injection systems function and describe their construction
  • solve problems related to crank mechanism and torsional vibration
  • present the mechanism of torsional vibrations and list damping solutions
  • solve problems of supercharging systems, and describe supercharging systems and the construction of superchargers
  • describe the structures of the main engine components and list their materials.

The course develops problem solving and decision-making skills, critical thinking, analytical way of working, and literal expression. The course also promotes life-long learning plus R&D and marketing readiness.

Study material: Some parts of the following text books: 1) Heywood, J., Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals (2. Ed.). – 2) Mollenhauer, K. und Tschöke, H. (eds.), Handbook of Diesel Engines. – 3) Woodyard, D. (ed.), Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines. – 4) Griffiths, D., Marine Medium Speed Diesel Engines. – 5) Griffiths, D., Marine Low Speed Diesel Engines. – Lecture notes.

Teaching methods: By videos through the Moodle platform. – Approximate working hours: lectures plus exercises 30 h, self-directed reading and problem solving 105 h.

Modes of Study: Written exam in Turku or Vaasa.

Languages: English or Finnish

Grading: scale 1-5 or fail

Responsible person: Seppo Niemi

Teacher(s): Saana Hautala, Kirsi Spoof-Tuomi, Seppo Niemi

Responsible Team: Energy Technology

Engine fuels and lubricants (ENERFT3120), 5 ECTS. Fall 2019.

Learning outcomes: The course is designed to provide students with knowhow and knowledge in the properties of renewable liquid and gaseous engine fuels and in their suitability for the engines.

Content and objectives: properties of various liquid and gaseous engine fuels.

After passing the course the student can

  • tell what kind of fuels one is able to use in diesel and gas engines
  • compare the properties of engine fuels and their feasibility and competitiveness
  • describe the fuel issues related to boiler plants
  • analyze the effects of fuels on the engine performance and emissions
  • list the tasks and characteristics of engine lubricants
  • describe the effects of lubricants on the engine performance and emissions

The course develops problem solving and decision-making skills, critical thinking, analytical way of working and literal expression and promotes life-long learning plus collaboration and ICT skills.

Study material: Guibet, J. C., Fuels and Engines. – Heywood, J., Internal Combustion Engine Fundamentals (2. Ed.). – Mollenhauer, K. und Tschöke, H. (eds.), Handbook of Diesel Engines. – Woodyard, D. (ed.), Pounder’s Marine Diesel Engines and Gas Turbines. – Bechtold, R. L., Alternative Fuels Guidebook. – Lecture notes.

Teaching methods: By videos through the Moodle platform. – Approximate working hours: lectures, demonstrations, self-directed reading and a special assignment 128 h. Optional laboratory demonstration will be held in the VEBIC Fuel Laboratory at the University of Vaasa in case of minimum 4 participants. Enrollment for demonstration to the teacher of the course. Schedule will be informed later.

Modes of Study: Written exam in Turku or Vaasa; accepted special assignment.

Languages: English

Grading: scale 1-5 or fail

Responsible person: Seppo Niemi

Teacher(s): Saana Hautala, Seppo Niemi, Katriina Sirviö, Sonja Heikkilä

Responsible Team: Energy Technology

Course pages for specific universities:

univaasa.fi/fitech

Professor in charge: Prof. Seppo Niemi , University of Vaasa, is responsible for the minor, (seniemi@univaasa.fi)

Contact person in practical matters: Coordinator Maria Tuuri, University of Vaasa, (maria.tuuri@univaasa.fi)

Other teachers:

Ms. Saana Hautala, Mrs. Kirsi Spoof-Tuomi, Dr. Jaakko Yli-Ojanperä and Dr. Katriina Sirviö, Dr. Petri Välisuo, Mrs. Anne Mäkiranta, Dr. Ville Tuomi,
Dr. Birgitta Martinkauppi, Prof. Hannu Laaksonen, Prof. Seppo Niemi, Dr. Heidi Kuusniemi and Dr. Carolin Nuortila all from University of Vaasa.

 

Type of study unit:

Minor

Credits

5-20 ECTS

Teaching semester

01/2019 - 12/2019

Host university

University of Vaasa

Open for non student

Yes

Level of studies

Master

General prerequisites

The courses are especially suitable for master's level students with some background knowledge of physics and chemistry.

Methods

Online

Location

Turku or Vaasa

Language

English

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