The Department of Power Engineering (KEE) ranks among the important departments of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering (FEL). The history of the Department dates back to the middle of the last century when the development of higher education in Pilsen began. The independent Department of Electrical Power Engineering was established in 1960. During its existence, it has trained many important experts and personalities, to which the close cooperation with major companies of the electrical and energy industry has contributed.
The Department of Power Engineering is divided into three sections:
- Section of Conversion, Transmission, and Distribution of Electrical Energy
- Section of Measurement and Analysis of Energy Equipment
- Section of Environmental Technologies.
The Department provides education for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in the following areas: energy conversions (electrical and thermal), transmission and distribution of electrical energy, use of electrical energy (electroheat and lighting technology), electrical devices, high voltage technology, and EMC. For the master's degree, the Department guarantees the specialization Electrical Power Engineering within the Power Systems and Electrical Power Engineering study programme, and the study programme Applied Electrical Engineering. Lectures by experts from practice and excursions are regularly included in the teaching, so the connection between theoretical and practical knowledge is ensured.
Within university workplaces, the Department has a unique laboratory of electrothermal technology with a cold crucible, which enables the melting of metal oxides. The energy mini-park, which includes a wind power plant, a heat pump, solar collectors, and photovoltaic panels, is used for teaching and experimental measurements. The Department has a laboratory of high voltage technology, and it also uses an EMC test chamber and an anechoic chamber for high-frequency testing. The epartment also has a newly equipped electrical protection laboratory, and laboratories focused on power system operation, electrical devices, and electrothermal and lighting technology.
Scientific research activity
The scientific research activity of the Department focuses on the following issues:
- operation of transmission and distribution networks,
- renewable energy sources and their integration into energy systems,
- energy microgrids, decentralized power generation,
- modeling and simulation of steady and transient events,
- control and regulation systems in the power system and district heating systems,
- economic and energy analysis of the operation of energy facilities
- electroheat processes, calculations, and modeling of physical phenomena, effective use of electrothermal devices,
- thermal energy storage systems,
- technologies for nuclear energy, storage of spent nuclear fuel, advanced neutron flux measurement instrumentation, neutron-physics calculations, and models of nuclear fuel burn-up,
- high voltage technology, diagnosis, and development of insulation systems of high voltage devices,
- electromagnetic compatibility.
Research and development projects are solved in close cooperation with significant energy companies.