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Postgraduate Course: Technologies for Sustainable Energy (MSc) (PGEE11249)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 20, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) CW 100%
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key principles in design and operation of current sustainable energy conversion technologies, and ability to use this fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies;
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the current energy landscape as well as current problems and challenges facing sustainable energy technologies;
  3. Identify, understand and critically evaluate key engineering and external constraints (including physical, technological, environmental, commercial, social and regulatory) in design and operation of sustainable energy conversion technologies;
  4. Apply appropriate design processes and engineering analysis methods to carry out basic design of sustainable energy systems involving multiple different energy conversion technologies, including assessment of the engineering, commercial and other constraints and the limitations of the resulting design;
  5. Demonstrate the knowledge, understanding and skills to work with information that may be incomplete or uncertain, quantify the effect of this on the design and, where appropriate, retrieve information or use theory to mitigate deficiencies; and communicate their knowledge, skills and engineering designs in project reports.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsRenewable Energy,Sustainable Energy
Course organiserDr Camilla Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 3526
Course secretaryMiss Catherine Davidson
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