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Syllabus for

Academic year
MEN120 - Heat and power systems engineering  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-17 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPSES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Chemical Engineering with Engineering Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: D
Maximum participants: 60

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0198 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   31 Oct 2014 am M,  05 Jan 2015 am M,  21 Aug 2015 am M  

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Bitr professor  Klas Andersson

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Engineering thermodynamics and heat transfer, energy conversion, energy technology.


The purpose of this course is to give students a good insight into power plant engineering. The course focuses on production of heat and electric power in thermal power plants. Students will also get a overview on how such plants fit into the energy system, including aspects on distribution of heat and electricity as well as principles of the electricity market. After completing the course, students will be able to perform a thorough analysis of the efficiency, cost and environmental performance of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, as required for making investment decisions regarding construction of a greenfield CHP plant within a district heating system. In addition, students will be able to use a state-of-the-art process simulation tool to evaluate the performance of thermal power plants.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

At the end of this course, students should be able to analyse and evaluate opportunities for new heat and power plants in a regional energy system. After completing the course, students will be aware of the technological options and the economic and environmental problems and opportunities associated with these options. The main generic skills developed within this course include the ability to apply thermodynamics to thermal processes for heat and electric power generation and to analyse opportunities for investment in a new CHP plant in an existing energy system. Specific learning outcomes are:

  • To know the main technological options for generation of heat and electric power, including both existing technologies as well as new technologies in the development stage

  • To be able to perform thermodynamic analysis of thermal power plants in different design modes

  • To be able to analyze the environmental impact from different types of power plants and to know which cleaning technologies to apply 

  • To be able to assess the economic performance of new CHP (and power) plants, both for the case where heat is the prime product and for the case where electric power is the prime product.

  • To be able to use a state-of-the-art process simulation tool in order to establish the process flowsheet schematic of a CHP plant and to determine the performance of the plant.

  • To achieve an overview of the European energy system with respect to technology mix for generation electric power with its environmental impact
  • Content

    The course focuses on power plant engineering for conversion and distribution of heat and electric power. The emphasis is on the performance and design of thermal power plants, which is motivated by the dominance of such plants in the present energy system as well as their anticipated dominance in the future. The current and future development of thermal plants is thus one of the focal points in the course including enhancement of efficiency, emission reduction including carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. The cogeneration principle, which provides the possibility for a high utilization of the supplied chemical energy, is also treated in detail in the course. Exercises will be given which train the student in design principles for a modern thermal power plants in both condensing and CHP mode. The course includes a large case study project. The case study is divided into two parts: (1) General analysis of environmental, economic and cost aspects related to construction of a CHP plant in a district heating system, and choice of a suitable CHP technology for the application considered. (2) Detailed design of the CHP plant with respect to process flowsheet schematic. The process simulation tool Ebsilon is used for design and analysis of the CHP plant.


    The course is based on lectures (around 15 2-hour lectures) and a case study project conducted as a group exercise. The lectures comprise theoretic and engineering backgrounds in thermal power plant engineering, but also material related to power plant economy. The case study includes thermodynamic modeling of different types of thermal power plants. The course includes a compulsory field study to one of the modeling objects: a state-of-the-art combined heat and power plant.


    Khartchenko, N. V. Advanced Energy Systems, Taylor & Francis, Washington, 1998. This book will be provided by the department (as a loan).
    Lecture OHs and related material
    Case study project description


    Approved written report and oral presentation for the Case Study project together with a passed written examination are required for grade 3 (Pass). Grade 4 or 5 requires achieving corresponding grades in the written examination.

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