Study programmes / C-AS Agricultural Specialization / Alternative Energy Sources
Course code:AZE
Course title in language of instruction:Alternativní zdroje energie
Course title in Czech:Alternativní zdroje energie
Course title in English:Alternative Energy Sources
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor; master continuing
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:doc. Ing. Martin Fajman, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Prerequisites:not (Energetics and Technology) and not (now Energetics and Technology)
Aims of the course:The goal of the course is to get students acquainted with basic terms in the scope of energetics and technics in connection with economy and provide them an orientation in energy sources structure, energy demands and energy savings in connection with ecological aspects. Meaning of renewable energy sources is emphasized, namely business opportunities in the field on the base of legislation and economical conditions.
Course contents:
1.Energetics Introduction - terminology, energetics, ecology and economy, their relations with each other. Energy problems worldwide. (allowance 4/2)
2.Energy - forms of energy and their transformations. Principle distribution of energy resources on the Earth. (allowance 2/2)
3.Energetics and its relation to environmental impacts. Sustainability in terms of energy. (allowance 2/2)
4.Energy Intensity - production systems, transportation sector, calculations. (allowance 2/2)
5.Energy Earth's Budget and solar energy utilization. Direct technical usage and natural transformations of solar energy. (allowance 2/2)
6.Active and Passive Solar Systems. Low-energy and passive houses. (allowance 2/2)
7.Heat Pumps and geothermal energy. (allowance 0/2)
8.Wind energy utilization. (allowance 2/0)
9.Energy of water - small water power-plants, energy of oceans. (allowance 2/2)
10.Biomass - biomass energy utilizations, thermo-chemical and bio-chemical biomass transformations. (allowance 2/2)
11.Biofuels - production and utilization of liquid biofuels. (allowance 2/2)
12.Co-generation - combined heat and power in connection with biomass. (allowance 0/2)
13.Summary on economical evaluation of renewable energy sources in the Czech Republic. (allowance 2/2)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to analyse and synthesize
-ability to apply knowledge
-ability to communicate with professionals in different field of study
-ability to work in interdisciplinary team
-ability to work in international context
-capacity to adapt to new situations

Specific competences:
-Ability to orientate in problems of flows of energy, energy sources and their relations in connection with environmental issues
-Competence to decision making in term sof energy problems
-Complex knowledge about alternative ways of energy gaining
-Knowledge of energy transformations and efficiency problems

Type of course unit:required
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:The course is finished by oral exam (40 % of final mark). Credit awarded is required for a participation in oral exam. Credit is awarded based on oral presentation (0-10 points) contribution 10% to final evaluation; further, on handing out and defense of a case study (0-10 points - 20% of final evaluation); and finally, on passing of electronic test (minimum 40%, while subtracting points for wrong answers) contribution 30% to final result. All named activities are compulsory for passing of the course.
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     practice6 h
     seminar13 h
     professional educational excursion4 h
     consultation2 h
     public presentation (oral)1 h
     preparation for exam25 h
     preparation for regular testing25 h
     preparation of presentation15 h
     writing of seminar paper25 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • MACKAY, D. Sustainable Energy - without the hot air.  [online]. 2009. URL:
  • JUCHELKOVÁ, D. Obnovitelné zdroje energie : informační příručka pro každého. Ostrava : Vita , 2003. 100 p. ISBN 80-903373-1-7.
  • CENEK, M. Obnovitelné zdroje energie. 2. vyd. Praha: FCC Public, 2001. 208 p. ISBN 80-901985-8-9.
  • FAJMAN, M. Obnovitelné zdroje energie v ČR. In Zemědělské poradenství 2008. 1. vyd. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2008, s. 47--58. ISBN 978-80-7375-259-0.
Recommended reading list
  • DEMIRBAS, A. Biofuels: securing the planet’s future energy needs. London: Springer, 2009. 336 p. ISBN 978-1-84882-010-4.
  • BERANOVSKÝ, -. Obnovitelné zdroje energie . Brno: ERA, 2003.
  • KARAMANOLIS, -. Sluneční energie . Praha: MAC, 1996.
  • LISÝ, M. -- BALÁŠ, M. -- FAJMAN, M. -- SKÁLA, Z. Biopaliva. Perspektivní zdroj obnovitelné energie. In Technika ochrany prostredia. Bratislava: Slovenská technická univerzita v Bratislavě, 2006, s. 313--318. ISBN 80-227-2436-X.
  • , Výzkumné zprávy, doktorandské práce a ostatní publikace z dané problematiky