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 and carrying out basic design of energy systems. It examines each of the major technologies covering aspects such as: resource, conversion technologies, environmental impacts and commercial, social and regulatory constraints. 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). It also introduces engineering design processes and methodologies, through an exploration of the varied practices of designing sustainable energy installations across a range of technologies. 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 course is based on lectures and reading material that provide an efficient summary of key material and techniques, supported by interactive Seminars and Examples Classes. These are further supplemented by tutorial questions and text books. 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 2022/23, 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.
|Peake, 2017, Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, 4th Edition, Oxford University Press.|
Sørensen, Renewable Energy: Physics, Engineering, Environmental Impacts, Economics and Planning, 5th Edition, Academic Press
MacKay, 2009, Sustainable Energy ¿ without the hot air, UIT Cambridge Ltd.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||renewable energy,sustainable energy
|Course organiser||Dr Camilla Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3526
|Course secretary||Mr James Foster
Tel: (0131 6)51 3562