Electric Power Engineering

Course Description

Importance of energy, energy supply, energy conversion constraints. Energy forms and sources, classification of energy forms. Renewable and non-renewable energy sources. Transformations of primary energy forms into more usable forms and transformation of electrical energy into other forms of energy. Engineering thermodynamics and power cycles. Fossil fuel, nuclear fuel, solar thermal and geothermal energy. Use of hydro and wind energy. Photovoltaics, fuel cells and other direct energy conversions. Electrical energy and power system: generation, transmission, distribution and usage. Planning of electrical energy consumption. Energy efficiency and electrical energy storage. Environmental impact during generation, transformation and consumption of energy (environmental pollution and climate change). Sustainable development and energy.

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
(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
0 Seminar
15 Exercises
6 Laboratory exercises
0 Project laboratory

Grading System

90 Excellent
75 Very Good
60 Good
50 Sufficient