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CSM1032 - Renewable Energy Systems 1 (2012)

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MODULE TITLERenewable Energy Systems 1 CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1032 MODULE CONVENERDr Adam Feldman (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 10
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 36
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module is intended as an introductory module to provide  the students with a broad overview of the energy landscape, with a particular focus on renewable energy resource assessment  and implementing technologies. As well as typical lectures the student participate in an RE “away day” that considers some aspect of a particular technology – last year was a “surf day” where the students combined teaching and workshops on mariner renewables with time in the water experiencing the waves. Student require the general entrance requirements for the degree. The student also has to prepare a “one slide” presentation discussing the opportunities for a particular resource.

The module can be taken by the non-specialist with a general background in basic physics/ maths.

AIMS - intentions of the module

An introductory course introducing concepts of energy and renewable energy sources.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1. A general level of understanding of renewable energy technologies; solar, wind, tidal, wave geothermal etc.

2. An appreciation of the socio-economic issues associated with the widespread use of renewable energy

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

3. The ability to assimilate scientific and engineering concepts, to model these concepts mathematically and to form a rigorous solution.

4.The ability to assess the practical limitations of such solutions.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

5.The ability to research data and demonstrate laboratory skills/ data analysis.

6.The ability to evaluate and discuss complex scientific and socio-economic issues.

7.Presentation skills

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

Week 1: History of energy usage, forms of energy, present energy consumption, environmental problems Week 2: Conventional energy sources: energy and power; fossil fuel and nuclear, the grid Week 3: Solar thermal energy:- Solar radiation resource, passive and active solar heating, solar concentrators. Solar photovoltaics:- Basic PV operation, PV technologies, electrical characteristics Week 4: Biomass:- Definitions, biomass resource, extracting biomass energy, fuel crops, anaerobic digestion, landfill gas, waste to energy, energy balances and economics. Week 5: Field trip Week 6: Hydroelectricity:- the resource, hydropower power equation, turbines, large and small scale systems, pumped storage, Week 7: Tidal Power:- The tides, tidal resource, system operation, environmental factors Week 8: Wind energy:- generation of the winds, wind resource, basic aerodynamics (lift versus drag) and the fundamental power equation; fundamental design concepts. Week 9: Wave energy: The wave resource, the fundamental power equation; onshore and off-shore wave energy extraction systems. Week 10: Geothermal energy:- Basic physics, resource quantification, rock permeability, volcanic based systems, HDR sytems, case study-the CSM HDR geothermal energy project, geothermal heat pumps.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 41.00 Guided Independent Study 109.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity 32 Lectures
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity 3 Tutorials
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity 2 Industry speakers
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activity 4 Laboratory sessions
Guided Independent Study 109 Lecture & assessment preparation; wider reading

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams 20
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method

Exam

50 2 hours 1,2,4,6 Tutor meeting

Lab worksheets / write-up

20 1500 word equivalent 1,3,5,6

Written individualised feedback on sheet

Mini-project

30

2000 word equivalent + short presentation

3,5,7

Written individualised feedback on both presentation and project

         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Assessment Additional assessment All August Ref/Def period
Examination Additional examination All August Ref/Def period
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 50% and/or 1 Exam 50%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

                                                                                     

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

 

Web based and electronic resources:

 

Mackay, David J.C., Renewable Energy  Without the Hot Air, 2008, UIT, ISBN: 0954452933 PDF available from http://www.withouthotair.com

 

All resources are provided online through ELE, including lecture notes, details of assignments and other support material where appropriate.

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Boyle, G., Everett, B., Ramage, J. Energy Systems and Sustainability OUP 2003 000-0-199-26179-2 [Library]
Set Boyle, G. Renewable Energy: power for a sustainable future Open University Press 2012 0-199-26179-2 [Library]
Set Scheer, H. A Solar Manifesto James & James 2004 1 902916 24 7 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Energy, renewable, resource assessment, technology