Postgraduate Course: Technologies for Sustainable Energy (PGEE10001)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to provide an introduction to the engineering principles and designs underpinning key sustainable / renewable energy technologies. It is structured to familiarise students with an analytical toolkit to allow them to independently appraise such technologies and their role in the energy system.
The course offers a reasonably in depth introduction to renewable energy technologies. It sets renewable energy in the wider context and develops a basic qualitative and quantitative toolkit for appraising technologies. It examines each of the major technologies covering aspects such as: Resource, Conversion technologies, Practicalities, Economics and Environmental impacts. Finally it briefly examines how renewables can be integrated effectively within the energy system.
The course provides sufficient depth and coverage to build a comprehensive understanding of renewable energy whilst acting as an introduction to more specialist courses on individual technology areas (e.g. wind energy). The course material requires numeracy and knowledge of basic physics concepts.
The course deals mainly with renewable electricity generation and its role but includes some material on renewable heat; nuclear and conventional power is excluded. The lectures are:
- Sustainable energy: the context
- Onshore and offshore wind
- Wave power
- Tidal power
- Solar energy
- Integration of renewables
The course is lecture based which provides efficient summary of key material and techniques. These are supplemented by an extensive tutorial question set, examples classes and a text book. The course is challenging and requires hard work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The extensive set of tutorial questions and delayed release of solutions encourages students to become familiar with material that ranges from basic concepts through to exam standard.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe¿key¿principles in design and¿operation of¿sustainable energy conversion¿technologies;
- Identify and evaluate key constraints (e.g. physical, technological, environmental, market, political) in design and operation¿of¿sustainable energy conversion technologies; and
- Apply quantitative and qualitative techniques to carry out basic design of sustainable energy systems involving multiple different energy conversion technologies.
|Boyle, 2011, Renewable Energy, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||renewable energy,sustainable energy
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Chalmers
Tel: (0131 6)50 5694
|Course secretary||Mr James Foster
Tel: (0131 6)51 3562