Electric Power Engineering

Learning Outcomes

  1. explain physical background of energy processes in electric power plants
  2. describe direct and indirect energy transformation in electrical energy and useful energy forms
  3. analyze open, closed, reversible and irreversible systems and processes
  4. calculate efficiency, exergy, ideal and real work output of energy processes
  5. analyze basic parameters of energy processes in thermal (fossile, geothermal, nuclear, solar) and hydro power plants
  6. analyze basic parameters of energy processes in solar and wind power plants
  7. explain three phase system in transsmission and distribution system
  8. select power plants operation order based on electric power system demands
  9. describe environmental impact during energy generation, conversion and usage

Forms of Teaching


Teaching the course is organized in two teaching cycles. The first cycle contains seven weeks, mid-term exam, and the second cycle contains six weeks of classes and a final exam. Classes are conducted through a total of 15 weeks with weekly load of 4 hours.


Exercises are held each week with an hourly load.


Laboratory exercises are held every other week with an hourly load.

Grading Method

Continuous Assessment Exam
Type Threshold Percent of Grade Threshold Percent of Grade
Quizzes 0 % 6 % 0 % 6 %
Mid Term Exam: Written 0 % 38 % 0 %
Final Exam: Written 0 % 56 %
Exam: Written 0 % 94 %

Week by Week Schedule

  1. First and second laws of thermodynamics.
  2. Processes with ideal gas; Carnot cycle.
  3. Maximum work output; Entropy.
  4. Thermal efficiency; Rankine cycle with steam turbine.
  5. Joule cycle with gas turbine.
  6. Burning fossil fuels; Steam boilers/generators (design, operation, effluents).
  7. Analysis of steam/gas turbines (materials, design, efficency).
  8. Midterm exam.
  9. Mass, momentum and energy conservation equations.
  10. Analysis of water turbines.
  11. Analysis of wind turbines.
  12. Thermoelectric effect; Piezoelectricity; Fuel cells; Design, applications and efficiency; Rechargeable batteries; Hydroelectric energy storage.
  13. 3 phase systems; System of symmetrical components; Vectors and phasor diagrams; Short circuit calculations; Power system basic components and topology.
  14. Interdependency of energy consumption, economic development and environmental impact; Role of energy efficiency in sustainable development; Indicators of energy consumption, determining the consumption and Sankyjev diagram of energy flows (energy analysis); The basic types of energy consumption; Energy performance indicator (PEU); Indicators of environmental impact assessment (EIA); Energy, Environment and Society Development; World reserves, production and consumption of energy; Modeling sustainable energy paths; Sustainable development indicators.
  15. Final exam.

Study Programmes

University undergraduate
Electrical Engineering and Information Technology (study)
(4. semester)


Hrvoje Požar (1992.), Osnove energetike 1, 2, 3,
Mikuličić, V.; Šimić, Z.; Grgić, D. (2011.), Energijske tehnologije (Tekst, http://www.fer.hr/predmet/eneteh),
Alexandra von Meier (2006.), Electric Power Systems, John Wiley & Sons
R. K. Rajput (2010.), Engineering Thermodynamics, Jones & Bartlett Learning
John Twidell, Tony Weir (2015.), Renewable Energy Resources, Routledge
Gordon J. Aubrecht (2006.), Energy: Physical, Environmental, and Social Impact, 3rd Edition, Pearson

For students


ID 183433
  Summer semester
L0 English Level
L1 e-Learning
60 Lectures
15 Exercises
6 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Acceptable