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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENGM211
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: SHARIF AO Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Written 2 hour examination (closed book)






Coursework (Individual assignment involving the research, design and evaluation of a renewable energy system (assessed by oral presentation and written report)






Qualifying Condition(s)



An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
This module will cover the renewable energy technologies from the engineering point of view, i.e. applications, engineering calculations and design, feasibility, etc.
Module Aims
The unit aims to provide students with a systematic understanding of current knowledge, problems and insights in the field of renewable energy technologies.  Train students to evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in this field.  Enable students to evaluate renewable energy technologies, develop critiques and propose solutions.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:



·         Recognise the established techniques of research and enquiry; assess the available renewable energy systems; design and select appropriate collection and storage and optimise and evaluate system design.

·         Acquire and develop the thinking skills to demonstrate self-direction and originality in problem solving; to gather design data; to synthesise and evaluate data; to analyze published works and to plan, conduct and report.

·         Acquire and develop practical skills to design different systems; to analyze a design and predict its performance; to evaluate the overall performance of systems and to demonstrate the benefits of these technologies.

Acquire and develop transferable skills to structure and communicate ideas; to act autonomously in planning and implementing; to participate in groups and to work independently and with initiative; to find, assess and use information and to manage time and work to deadlines.
Module Content
Present energy sources: basic concepts, energy forms and sources, energy use and scenarios, sustainability, environmental impacts.
Solar energy: availability, solar radiation and geometry, solar systems (thermal & PV), applications and performance.
Wind energy: availability, wind turbines, application and performance.
Bioenergy: types and sources, technologies, impacts and performance.
Geothermal energy: sources, technologies, performance.
Hydropower: resources, systems, turbines, applications and impacts.
Osmotic energy: source, process, membranes, turbines, applications
Tide and wave energy: resources, technologies and performance.
Fuel cells: basic principles, types and systems, applications and economics
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures, class discussions, coursework, and independent learning.
Total student learning time 150 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals
Required reading
Boyle, G., (2004) Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future. 2nd edition.
Twidell, J. and Weir, A. (2006) Renewable Energy Resources. 2nd edition.
Recommended background reading
Boyle, G., Everett, B. and Ramage, J. (2003) Energy Systems and Sustainability
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