A textbook of Electrical Power Engineering: Current State, Problems and Perspectives written in English by TPU Professor Vasiliy Ushakov has been published by Springer Publishing House. Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, research institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services.
Photo: Prof Vasily Ushakov
The textbook is intended for the use of undergraduate and post-graduate students pursuing electric power engineering, as well as for anyone with an anxious outlook on the future of our civilization and, in particular, who is concerned about the energy supply of humanity.
‘About nine years ago I came up with an idea to design a course for the master program Energy Saving and Energy Supply dedicated to current problems of power engineering,’ says Prof Vasily Ushakov. ‘As far as specialist training is concerned, I was always puzzled by the fact that many drillers drill the deepest wells of small diameter instead of digging out a large pit. So to say, every professor provides knowledge that is important and necessary in a very specific and narrow field of study. Nobody aims at system-based approach related to knowledge provision on the state, challenges and possibilities of that industry where they are going to work and on the interconnection of special disciplines developing the image of future specialists.
A program orientation course delivered in some departments cannot completely fix the problem since the first-year students are not ready yet to absorb such complex information. Following these considerations, I started to develop and then to deliver a course about current problems of the industry for power engineering master students.’
The textbook is devoted to relevant problems of our time. Over the 20th century world’s energy consumption increased by 15 times. The beginning of a new century did not radically change ‘the energy situation’ of the world: energy consumption keeps growing and by the middle of the 21st century it is expected for the energy resources consumption to be doubled and power consumption to be tripled. Meantime, problems related to reliable energy supply at acceptable terms are exacerbated.
Now, according Prof Ushakov, a ‘triad of energy problems’ has been identified, which affects all the aspects of human life and the very basis of sustainable development of civilization. Among the identified energy problems are as follows:
- shortage of energy resources and power at acceptable cost (energy shortage);
- threat to the environment due to the technogenic impact of energy facilities (a threat of ‘environmental infarction’);
- geopolitical and social threats.
These problems will be solved, first of all, by those who come to the university classrooms. Therefore, the main goal of the course is to facilitate students in forming a wide outlook, to give a system of competences in energy and related fields, understanding the logic of scientific progress by the example of energy, its positive and negatives consequences for society and every inhabitant of the planet. Practical tasks imply student papers on the given topics.
In 2014, Prof Vasiliy Ushakov published a book Current Problems of Electric Power Engineering in Russian, which was approved as a textbook by the Education and Methodologic Association of Russian Universities. The English edition of the textbook is named Electric Power Engineering: Current State, Problems and Possibilities. For Springer publication, the text was revised and adapted to the international readers. If in the Russian edition it comes to Russian energy sector against global background, then in the English version, the main topic are global trends and the Russian Federation is given as an example of a country with well-developed energy industry.
‘The manual provides an opportunity with minimum losses of time and efforts to get an idea of the current state of the industry,’ notes the author.