Thermodynamics: Energy Conversion in Generating Electricity

Thermodynamics: Energy Conversion in Generating Electricity


Assoc. Prof Ir. Hayati Abdullah
Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi Syed Hassan
Ir. Latifah Malek 
Assoc. Prof Dr Normah Mulop
Assoc. Prof Dr Khairiyah Mohd Yusof

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) 

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This lesson is an introductory topic in thermodynamics, on the conversion of energy. The aim of this video is to support students in visualizing the conversion of energy and its importance in real world applications. For this reason, everyday examples are used to help students see the conversion of energy around them. Energy conversion is explored through a simple example of generating electricity for lighting up a shadow puppetry play in a village. The chain process of energy conversion is illustrated until the end product of electricity. This example of electricity generation is further illustrated in an actual industrial setting by taking the viewers to a Power Plant, where viewers will see and hear the explanation of a mechanical engineer on the equipment used to produce electricity that we use in homes and businesses. This important concept of energy conversion is crucial for students to understand as a basis for learning other concepts in Thermodynamics.

Instructor Biography

Assoc. Professor Ir. Hayati – who appears in this video lesson – is the Deputy Director of the Centre for Academic Leadership and Professional Development at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Assoc. Prof Dr. Khairiyah and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Normah are Associate Professors at UTM, while Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi is a senior lecturer at the same university. Ir. Latifah is a PhD in Engineering Education candidate at the Centre of Engineering Education, School of Graduate Studies, UTM. Assoc. Professor Dr. Khairiyah is currently the Director of the Centre of Engineering Education and Assoc. Professor Dr. Normah is in the School of Professional and Continuing Education based at UTM Kuala Lumpur. Dr. Syed Ahmad Helmi is Master of Industrial Engineering Coordinator at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UTM. 

Additional Online Resources

Electropaedia: Steam Turbine Electricity Generation Plants
This resource is provided by “Electropaedia” and provides a very comprehensive overview and discussion of Steam Turbine Electricity Generation Plants.

Wikipedia : Electric generator
This Wikipedia site provides a comprehensive overview of the Electric Generator.

YouTube: How Nuclear Power Plants Work / Nuclear Energy
This site is a YouTube video, “How Nuclear Power Plants Work / Nuclear Energy”.

YouTube: Energy 101: Electricity Generation
This YouTube video animation is entitled ‘Energy 101: Electricity Generation”.