Course detail

Electrical Power Generation

FEKT-BPC-VEEAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course acquaints students with the conversion of different forms of energy from natural resources into electrical energy and heat. During the course the students will get acquainted with the different types of energy in the nature and especially with the technological processes of its transformation into electrical and thermal energy in thermal, nuclear and water power plants. Part of the subject is a brief introduction to the issue of function and use of renewable energy sources.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

The subject knowledge on the secondary school level is required and basic knowledge of thermomechanics.
Students have to be able to explain and clarify the following issues:
- Basic thermal processes.
- Thermal cycle of gas turbine.
- Fundamental laws of thermodynamics.
- Thermodynamic properties of gases.

Practical experience with i-s and T-s water and steam diagrams is required.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Point scoring of written and oral examination is held under the rules of FEEC.
During the semester, students pass three control written tests, laboratory tasks and voluntary individual tasks. Requirements to get the credit are to obtain at least 20 points from 40 possible and NONE of the required activities (laboratory tasks) is evaluated with 0 points.
The final exam is evaluated by up to 60 points and is divided into written (arithmetical problems - 30 points) and an oral part (30 points). Necessary requirement to pass the examination is to obtain at least 15 points from the written part and at least 10 points from the oral part.
The content and forms of instruction in the evaluated course are specified by a regulation issued by the lecturer responsible for the course and updated for every academic year.


The aim of the subject is to increase the knowledge of future power engineers about the knowledge of electricity production from primary sources, to show the basic procedures for calculating heat flows of thermal and nuclear power plants and their operating parameters. Part of the course is devoted to basic hydroelectric calculations and operational characteristics of hydropower plants and renewable energy sources.
Graduate of this course is able to:
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of energy sources.
- Define and explain the fundamental terms of energy.
- Describe the full technology of thermal power plants (condensing plants, gas plants, heating plants, combined cycle, cogeneration units).
- Perform complex calculations of thermal power plants.
- Explain the principles of nuclear reactions.
- Perform basic calculations of thermal circuits of nuclear power plants and to apply basic physics of reactors.
- Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of different types of nuclear reactors.
- Explain the principle of hydropower.
- Defining the principles of operation of electrical generators.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Doležal, J., Jaderné a klasické elektrárny, Praha : České vysoké učení technické v Praze, 2011, ISBN: 978-80-01-04936-5 (CS)
MASTNÝ, P.; DRÁPELA, J.; MACHÁČEK, J.; PTÁČEK, M.; RADIL, L.; BARTOŠÍK, T.; PAVELKA, T.; MIŠÁK, S. Obnovitelné zdroje elektrické energie. EFEKT. Praha, České vysoké učení technické v Praze. 2011. 256 p. ISBN 978-80-01-04937-2. (CS)
Mastný, P., Morávek, J.: Výroba elektrické energie (Základ pro numerická cvičení – tepelné oběhy), online (CS)
Matoušek,A.: Výroba elektrické energie. Brno 2007 (CS)

Recommended reading

Ibler a kol.: Energetika. BEN Praha 1984 (CS)
Štoll,Č. a kol:Využití vodní energie,SNTL Praha 1987 (CS)
Kadrnožka,J.:Tepelné elektrárny a teplárny.SNTL Praha 1988 (CS)
MATOUŠEK, A. Elektrárny 1. 2002. (CS)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme BPC-SEE Bachelor's, 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Main technological circuits and main technological equipment of a thermal power plant
Operation of technological equipment,operation charakteristics
Basic principles of steam boiler and steam turbine control
Power plant influence on the environment
Types of nuclear power plants and nuclear reactors
Nuclear power plants with pressurized water reactors

Fundamentals seminar

14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Thermal balance calculation of a thermal power plant with a condensing turbine
Basic calculations concerning the theory of nuclear reactors, reactor power, basic hydrologic calculations

Laboratory exercise

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Synchronous machine operation
Power factor compensation of an asynchronous generator
Electromechanic protective devices of an alternator
Digital protective devices of an alternator
Parallel operation of alternators