Course detail

Construction of Energy Facilities

FSI-FSTAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course focuses on power stations (power plants, combined heat and power plants, pure heat plants) in centralised and decentralised configurations. It is followed by lectures on their implementation into the distribution grids, elementary conceptual design process, calculation of heat losses and overall energy consumption.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Knowledge of Thermomechanics, Fundamentals of Power Engineering and Heat engines.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Credit requirements: active participation in the classes. Submission of all assignment in the field of calculations of energy equipment.

Requirements for the exam: written part in the form of questions and examples, oral discussion on a given topic

The presence on lectures is recommended and will be delivered according to the schedule.

Calculation classes: submission of all calculation assignments


The main aim of this course is to get the students acquainted with the energetics in Czech Republic, with the construction and operation of power supply stations (mainly power plants and combined heat and power plants) and their integration to the power and district heating grids.

The students will have basic understanding of the energetics in the Czech Republic and will be able to conceptually design combined heat and power plants.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

POLESNÝ, B. Teplárenství a potrubní sítě. Vyd. 2. Brno: Ediční středisko VUT, 1989. ISBN 80-214-0057-9. (CS)
KRBEK, J. a B. POLESNÝ. Kogenerační jednotky – zřizování a provoz. Praha: GAS, 2007. GAS. ISBN 978-80-7328-151-9. (CS)
KADRNOŽKA, J. a L. OCHRANA. Teplárenství. 1. Brno: CERM, 2001, 178 s. : il. ; 25 cm. ISBN 80-7204-222-X. (CS)

Recommended reading

KRBEK, J., B. POLESNÝ a J. FIEDLER. Strojní zařízení tepelných centrál: návrh a výpočet. Brno: PC-DIR, 1999, 217 s. Učební texty vysokých škol (Vysoké učení technické v Brně). ISBN 80-214-1334-4. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-ENE-P Bachelor's, 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Electricity sources in the Czech Republic, market share.

2. – 3. Elementary components of steam power plants.

4. – 5 District heating systems, categorization of sources.

6. Heat losses of buildings.

7. – 8. Heat demand and annual diagram of heat demand.

9. Sizing of combined heat and power sources.

10. – 11. Basic configurations of heat plants.

12. District heating grids, heat accumulation.

13. Construction planning, dispositions, engine room, boiler room, auxiliary equipment.


Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction – Programming environment OpenModelica, installation

2. OpenModelica – declarative programming, syntax basics, first model

3. Hydraulics – simplified equations of fluid motion in pipe element, the conservation laws

4. Hydraulics – pressure losses, Darcy-Weisbach friction factor, implementation

5. Hydraulics – branched system model, pump characteristics, volume compensation

6. Thermal processes – mathematical model of heat transfer between wall and fluid

7. Thermal processes – mathematical model of heat conduction in solid wall

8. Thermal processes – axial advection of thermal front along pipe element

9. Thermal processes – complex model of pipe element, consumer, supplier

10. District heating systems – mathematical model of small district heating system

11. – 12. District heating systems – evaluation of operational efficiency

13. Grading