Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3055 - Marine Renewable Energy and Hydropower (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMarine Renewable Energy and Hydropower CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3055 MODULE CONVENERDr Helen C M Smith (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 40
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Marine Renewable Energy and Hydropower is an advanced module covering both marine (wave and tidal) energy and onshore hydroelectric generation. Focusing primarily on resource assessment, the module aims to equip candidates with the knowledge and skills to perform resource assessment studies for these industries, and to analyse and interpret data acquired for such studies. It includes a practical tutorial on the industry-standard wave modelling software SWAN. In addition, candidates will gain an understanding of the wider industries, including technical developments, operational aspects and environmental impacts.

Marine Renewable Energy and Hydropower is a specialist module requiring completion of CSM1032 Renewable Energy Systems 1 as a pre-requisite. It requires a good level of mathematical and computational ability, and is not recommended for interdisciplinary pathways.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to provide candidates with a broad understanding of the technical, operational and environmental aspects of the wave and tidal energy and hydropower industries. A particular focus is placed on resource assessment, with the aim of equipping candidates with the ability to calculate the available power at a site from raw data, and to perform, analyse and interpret resource assessment studies.

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:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1. An ability to produce estimates of the wave power resource at a proposed wave project location using spectral analysis techniques.
2. An understanding of the harmonic theory of tides, and an ability to synthesise time series of tidal height and tidal current data for resource assessment purposes.
3. An understanding of the resources required for onshore hydropower, their methods of assessment and the calculation of power output.
4. Basic competence in the use of the nearshore wave modelling software SWAN for wave propagation and resource assessment.
5. An understanding of power conversion principles, devices and technology used to harness wave, tidal and hydroelectric energy, and issues relating to device operation and the production of power.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

6. An ability to apply mathematical and statistical methods (in software or otherwise) for resource assessment calculations.
7. An ability to critically evaluate scientific knowledge and apply it to the engineering context.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

8. Time planning and management to produce a report requiring a diverse application of knowledge and skills.
9. An ability to synthesise data from a range of sources and draw appropriate conclusions.
10. Familiarity and some proficiency in the use of an industry-standard software package (SWAN).

 

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

1. Review of Year 1/2 material: Wave and tidal energy, hydropower.

2. Wave resource assessment:  Linear wave theory, wave spectra, calculation of parameters from spectra, wave measurement.

3. Wave modelling: History of wave models, the SWAN model, practical session using SWAN.

4. Wave energy industry: History of the industry, device types, device development, test site development.

5. Tidal resource assessment: Origin of the tides, harmonic tidal theory, shallow water effects, tidal measurement.

6. Tidal energy industry: History of the industry, device types, device development, test site development.

7. Marine energy operations: Introduction to operational issues – moorings, deployment, weather windows.

8. Marine energy environmental impacts: Potential physical, ecological and socio-economic impacts of marine energy developments, methods of mitigation.

9. Marine energy policy: UK and international policy, technology development pathway, funding initiatives, project development.

10. Hydropower resources: Hydrology/hydrogeology, flood hydrographs, geology and slope.

11. Hydropower financial and power calculations: CAPEX and OPEX, revenue, power equations, catchment compensation equation.

12. Hydropower technology: Dams, pumped storage, run-of-the-river, micro-hydro, turbines, environmental impacts.

13. Case studies: Industrial case studies for wave, tidal and hydroelectric energy.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Lecturer led programme of lectures and tutorials 24 See syllabus plan
Computer workshop: Introduction to SWAN 3 A series of exercises to familiarise candidates with the use of the SWAN wave model
Short overnight formative exercises 6 Short exercises to consolidate material covered in the lectures e.g. wave parameter calculations
Guided independent study – summative assessment 67 Consultancy-style report on a marine energy development, including a modelling exercise and resource calculations

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Worksheets on wave, tidal and hydropower calculations to consolidate material covered in lectures. 6 HOURS 1,2,3,6 Exercises will be reviewed and discussed in tutorial sessions
       
       
       
       

 

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

Consultancy-style report on a marine energy development.

100 4000 word equivalent 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 9,10 Individual written feedback will be provided, plus group feedback covering more general issues.
         
         
         
         

 

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-assessment
Consultancy-style report on a marine energy development

A similar type of report, considering a different aspect of marine energy or hydropower.

1,2,4,5,6,7,8 9,10 August re-assessment period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above, one piece of coursework worth 100% of credit

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: www.vle.exeter.ac.uk

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bhattacharyya, R., McCormick, M.E. Wave Energy Conversion Elsevier 2003 0080442129 [Library]
Set Boyle, G. Renewable Energy Oxford University Press 2012 0199261784 [Library]
Set Cruz, J. Ocean Wave Energy: Current Status and Future Perspectives Springer 2008 978-3-540-74894-6 [Library]
Set Holthuijsen, L.H. Waves in Oceanic and Coastal Waters Cambridge University Press 2007 978-0-521-86028-4 [Library]
Set Ingram, D.M., Smith, G.H., Bittencourt Ferreira, C., Smith, H Protocols for the Equitable Assessment of Marine Energy Converters University of Edinburgh 2011 978-0-9508920-2-3 [Library]
Set McCormick, M.E. Ocean Wave Energy Conversion Dover Publications 2009 978-0486462455. [Library]
Set Open University Waves, Tides and Shallow water processes Butterworth Heinemann 1999 978-750642811 [Library]
Set Tucker, M.J. and Pitt, E.G. Waves in Ocean Engineering Elsevier 2001 978-0080435664. [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 06 November 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 09 January 2013
KEY WORDS SEARCH Wave power, tidal power, marine energy, hydropower