151-2049-00L  Energy Conversion and Renewable Energy (EPFL)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
Lecturersexternal organisers
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNo enrolment to this course at ETH Zurich. Book the corresponding module directly at EPFL.


151-2049-00 GEnergy Conversion and Renewable Energy (EPFL)
**Course at EPFL**
4 hrsexternal organisers

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AbstractThe goal of the lecture is to present the principles of the energy conversion for conventional and renewable energy resources and to explain the most important parameters that define the energy conversion efficiency, resources implications and economics of the energy conversion technologies.
ObjectiveBy the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Explain the efficiency and the main emission sources of energy conversion processes
- Quantify the efficiency and the main emission sources of energy conversion processes
- Model energy conversion systems and industrial processes
- Draw the energy balances of an energy conversion system
- Elaborate energy conversion scenarios
- Describe the principles and limitations of the main energy conversion technologies
- Compare energy conversion systems
Content- Overview of energy stakes
- Thermodynamic principles relevant for energy conversion systems, review of thermodynamic power cycles, heat pumps and refrigeration cycles, co-generation
- Carbon capture and sequestration
- Renewable energy vectors, their physical principles and essential equations: Solar (photovoltaics and thermal - collectors/concentrators), geothermal, biomass (a.o. gasification, biogases, liquid biofuels), hydro, wind
- Fuel cells and hydrogen as energy vector
- Storage of energy: Batteries, compressed air, pumped hydro, thermal storage
- Integrated urban systems
Lecture notesSlides, videos and other documents are available on moodle (
Prerequisites / NoticeRequired courses: Physics I and Physics II

Important concepts to start the course: Conservation principles (energy, mass, momentum)

Performance assessment

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
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