MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMES532
Course Unit DetailsMSc Sustainable Energy Systems (Electives Courses) - MSc Energy Systems and the Built Environment (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. To acquire a broad knowledge of the conventional (Coal, Oil, Gas, Nuclear) and alternative energy sources (RES & H2) and know their gas emissions (CO2, NOx, etc)
  2. To know the thermodynamic principles of fuel combustion, be able to write combustion reactions of fuels and calculate their calorific value, and their adiabatic flame temperature
  3. To know about Oil & Gas exploration, extraction, processing, production, transport , storage and distribution
  4. To know about Oil distillation and products, and their applications in the energy sector and in the petrochemical industry
  5. To know about Natural Gas (NG) processing, liquefaction (LNG), storage, re-gasification, distribution and use in the energy sector and the petrochemical industry
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

1. Introduction to conventional and alternative energy sources

o Fossil fuels (Coal, Oil, Gas)

o Renewable energy sources (Solar, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal, Hydro, Tidal and Wave)

o Nuclear

o Hydrogen and Hydrogen Fuel Cells

2. Fuel combustion (Coal, Oil, Gas, Hydrogen)

o Chemical composition

o Complete and incomplete combustion reactions

o Enthalpy and free energy of reaction

o Chemical reaction thermodynamics

o Calorific value

o Adiabatic flame temperature

o Carbon dioxide and combustion byproducts (NOx, SO2, dust)

o Exhaust gases, gas emissions and purification

3. Oil & Gas exploration (Onshore and Offshore)

o Geological surveys

o Onshore and offshore seismology

o Magnetometers

o Gravimeters

o Logging

4. Oil & Gas extraction

o Crude oil

o Natural Gas

5. Oil & Gas processing and production

o Crude oil

o Natural Gas

6. Oil & Gas transport

o Crude oil

o Natural Gas

7. Oil & Gas storage

o Crude oil

o Natural Gas

8. Oil & Gas distribution

o Crude oil

o Natural Gas

9. Oil & gas Exploitation

o Crude oil distillation

o Oil products (asphalts, heavy fuel, gasoline, diesel, LPG)

o Other petroleum products

o Natural Gas (NG)

o Liquefaction (Liquefied Natural gas (LNG)), storage and re-gasification

10.Oil & Gas Applications

o Power generation (Electricity and Heat)

o Transportation

o Petrochemicals

o Hydrogen production by NG reforming and water gas shift reaction

o Hydrogen and NG Fuel Cells


Recommended and/or required reading:
  • “Oil & Gas Production in Nontechnical Language” by Martin S. Raymond, PennWell Corp., October 2005
  • “Fundamentals of Natural Gas Processing”, Arthur Hidnay, Taylor & Francis, 2007
  • “Oil & Gas Pipelines in Nontechnical Language”, Thomas O. Miesner, PennWell Corp., March 2006
  • “Petroleum Refining in Nontechnical Language”, William Leffler, PennWell Corp., 4th Edition, Nov 2008
  • “Operational Aspects of Oil and Gas Well Testing (Handbook of Petroleum Exploration and Production)”, S. McAleese, Elsevier Science, 1st edition, March 2000
  • “Introduction to Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics”, J. M. Smith, Mcgraw Hill Higher Education, 7th edition, Feb 2005
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Assessment methods and criteria
Mid-Term Exam25%
Final Exam50%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO