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CSM2319 - Wind Energy (2012)

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MODULE TITLEWind Energy CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM2319 MODULE CONVENERMr. Martyn Haywood (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 9
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 37
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Wind energy is the foremost renewable energy technology in the UK and much of the rest of the world.

This module provides students with a comprehensive, appropriate level, understanding of all facets of wind energy, the wind energy industry and the UK/EU planning and development process.

Students who have successfully completed this module have attracted summer work placements and subsequent full time employment with major national and international companies and organisations – undertaking a wide range of ‘wind’ related work.

 Students taking this module should have a background knowledge of the topic, from Year 1 or foundation degree level studies of renewable energy. It is not suitable for non-specialist students but could be applicable to students involved in wider energy/sustainability related subjects.

AIMS - intentions of the module

An advanced course providing practical training in wind power development; including wind resource estimation; turbine design and selection; permitting procedures; construction, deployment and operations; economics and finance; and environmental impact assessment and environmental management. This will complement the Level 3 GIS module of renewable energy project design.

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

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.An understanding of the technical characteristics of wind turbines.

2.An understanding of the process of the design and project development process for wind farms.  

3.An understanding of, and ability to apply mathematical methods to analyse new and/or abstract wind resource data and wind farm situations, without guidance, to produce statements of the wind energy resource at specific sites.

4.Acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding of engineering components and materials such that, by working autonomously, they can select appropriate wind turbine models and balance-of-plant items that maximise the wind energy harnessed.

5.Acquired comprehensive knowledge of the planning and permitting process for wind energy developments, and have developed critical understanding of the successes and failures of the UK system.

6.An understanding of electrical issues associated with windfarms including grid connection and power purchase agreements.

7.An understanding of health and safety issues associated with wind energy operations.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

8.Increased knowledge and experience in finding and interpreting factors relevant to project development.

9.Develop skills in research, organisation and time management.

10.Ability to assimilate and interpret complex information.

11.Increased understanding of technical/legal documents.

12.An ability to find and apply specific regulation and guidance pertaining to development of a wind energy project.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

13.An ability to select appropriate data from a range of sources and develop research strategies.

14.An ability to manage learning using resources for the discipline.

15.An ability to produce high quality factual reports

16.An ability to draw reasoned conclusions from findings

17.Enhanced teamworking skills

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

Week 1: Introduction to course and assessment. Introduction to wind power, wind farms and project development. Benefits of wind power Week 2: Wind turbine technology: history, current and future development; design fundamentals. Week 3: Wind farm meteorology: wind, data collection, wind resource assessment Week 4: Wind turbine selection and associate issues; operating characteristics Week 5: Site selection/feasibility – Site identification and mapping;Project Planning and EIA; Key constraints: access, grid, land, wind, planning permits Week 6: Environmental constraints: noise, visual, ecology, heritage, aviation, EMI etc. Environmental management Week 7: Economics and financing, Power Purchase Agreement, Market drivers, tariff regimes Week 8: Balance of plant, construction, commissioning, O and M, H and S Week 9: Offshore wind: introduction to offshore wind and associated issues

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 36.00 Guided Independent Study 114.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 30 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 6 Tutorials
Guided independent study 114 Private study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Project report 70 Max.4000 words+ maps/diagrams 1-17 Written
Essay report 30 2000 words max 8-16 Written
         
         
         

 

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
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 100%

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:

HMSO Planning Policy Statement 22: Renewable Energy: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/147444.pdf                                                                                                            

HMSO Planning for Renewable Energy: A Companion Guide to PPS22: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/planningandbuilding/pdf/147447.pdf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Renewables UK (formerly British Wind Energy Association): http://www.bwea.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Wind Energy  the Facts: http://www.wind-energy-the-facts.org/en/home--about-the-project.html                                                                                                                                             

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Gipe, P. Wind power London : Earthscan 2004 1902916549 [Library]
Set Gipe, P., Righter, R.W. Wind power in view : energy landscapes in a crowded world. London : Academic 0125463340 [Library]
Set Piggot, H. Windpower workshop: building your own wind turbine Powys Centre for Alternative Technology Publications 2000 1898049270. [Library]
Set Gasch, R. and Twele, J. Wind power plants : fundamentals, design, construction and operation Berlin : Solarpraxis 2002 3934595235 [Library]
Set Redlinger, R. Y., Andersen, P.D. and Morthorst, P. E., Wind energy in the 21st century : economics, policy, technology and the changing electricity industry Basingstoke : Palgrave 2002 0333792483 [Library]
Set Burton, T Wind energy handbook Chichester: John Wiley 2001 0471489972 [Library]
Set Hansen, M. O. L. Aerodynamics of wind turbines London : James and James 2008 1902916069 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF Level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Tuesday 08 January 2013
KEY WORDS SEARCH None Defined