Course detail

Selected Topics in Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storage

FEKT-BPC-OZUAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course deals with current problems in the field of renewable energy sources, focusing on practical information and experience with various sources of electricity, such as wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and even biomass energy. A considerable amount of attention is focused on the possibility of storing electrical energy, introducing different types of accumulation, working principles and a comparison between the pros and cons. The course also includes information on practical use in hybrid electric vehicles, island systems and hydrogen economy.
During laboratory tests the students can obtain practical information based on testing and simulating the studied topics.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The course is designed as introduction to the topic of renewable energy sources and energy storage. There is no need to any other prerequisites, knowledge obtained during secondary (middle) school is sufficient.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The theoretical lab. test consisting of knowledge from laboratory exercises is awarded 10 points maximum. Students can get another 30 points maximum for all correctly and fully elaborated laboratory tasks. Minimal extent of elaborated laboratory tasks and other conditions needed for successful completion of the course are stated in the announcement issued by the supervisor of the course each year. The final exam is awarded 60 points maximum
The content, forms and conditions for course passing will be specified by rules and regulations which are released by the lecturer responsible for the course and keep updated for every academic year.


The aim of the course is to familiarize students with the basics of renewable energy sources and energy storage and to provide them with the information necessary for advanced courses. During the course, students will become acquainted with the theoretical foundations. They will primarily learn about the utilization of wind, solar, and water energy for conversion into electrical energy, and the possibilities of its storage, with electrochemical sources, and so on.
In this course, students will acquire both theoretical and practical foundations in the field of renewable energy sources and energy storage. Based on this knowledge, they will be able to competently analyze and propose solutions in the field of renewable energy sources and energy storage. The student will be able to suggest suitable locations for wind, photovoltaic, and hydroelectric power plants, explain the operating principle of a heat pump, and propose appropriate energy storage methods. The student will be familiar with facts concerning the production and utilization of electrical energy from renewable sources, including emission and environmental impacts. The student will be theoretically prepared for subsequent courses in the areas of renewable and alternative electrical energy sources. 

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Vojtěchovský, K., Obnovitelné zdroje energie, FCC Public, Praha (CS)

Recommended reading

Dell, R.M.a Rand, D.J., Clean energy, Athenaeum Press Ltd, UK (EN)
Boyle, G., Renewable Energy, Oxford University Press, USA (EN)
Quaschning, V., Understanding Renewable Energy Systems, Earthscan Publications Ltd., USA (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-AUD Bachelor's

    specialization AUDB-ZVUK , any year of study, summer semester, elective
    specialization AUDB-TECH , any year of study, summer semester, elective

  • Programme BPC-AMT Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-EKT Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-SEE Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-TLI Bachelor's, any year of study, summer semester, elective
  • Programme BPC-MET Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Wind energy
2. Solar energy
3. Water energy
4. Earth's core energy
5. Biomass energy
6. Energy Storage
7. Combined hybrid nitrogen system
8. Electrochemical sources in RAPS applications
9. Hybrid electric vehicles
10. Energy storage with help of flywheel and compressed air
11. Energy storage with help of supercapacitors and SMES systems
12. Utilization of low potential thermal residual energy

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


    1. Introduction to the Lab. Exercises
    2. Spectral Sensitivity of a Photovoltaic Module
    3. Hydroelectric Power Plant – Energy of Water
    4. Accumulation of Thermal Energy with Phase Change I.
    5. Supercapacitors (EDLC)
    6. Accumulation of Electrical Energy Using a Flywheel
    7. Characterization of a Propeller System
    8. Utilization of the Thermoelectric Effect for Energy Harvesting
    9. Heat Pump
    10. Alternative Laboratory Exercise
    11. Semester Test