KB6004 - Sustainable Energy Systems

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What will I learn on this module?

You will gain knowledge and skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in Engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyses advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems and technologies and their application to energy generation problems. The advanced systems to be investigated are combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines and towards the end you will learn about energy generation assessment and applications.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be taught using a variety of methods, including lecturers to cover technical aspects and seminars to gain skills in problem solving and to resolve questions . These additionally will be supported by the case studies and presentations from invited industrial speakers. You will be encouraged to engage with the PSBR regional seminars. Your learning experience will be enhanced by engagement with practical engineering problems, whereby they have to use gained skills in innovation, design theory, simulations to predict the performance of a system/product which is situated in a specified location. The analysis of energy generation and assessment will be a student focused peer-supported exercise supported by a series of short academic sessions and the findings will be presented to peers in a collaborative environment. The use of panopto system to record key lecturers and seminars will enhance the your learning and ensure consistence for a collaborative partner delivery of the module, if required.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The module will be delivered by a module team (consisting at least of 2 academic staff).

The lecturers will be used to explain key concepts and then the directed learning will encourage students to develop independent study, These will be supported with seminar discussions with participation of both peers and academics and formative feedback which will lead you to independent learning to inform the next session. The use of case studies and industrial lecturers from practicing engineers will further enhance student learning experience and employability.

The use of e-learning portal discussion board and feedback surveys will enable students to highlight issues and help academic staff to quickly and efficiently resolve them. Support will also be available through electronic contact with the tutors and through face to face engagement in class and within the Department’s open door approach.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

MLO1 Implementation of a systems based approach to solving energy problems
MLO2 Design, analyse and develop sustainable integrated systems


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3 Define and investigate a problem systematically and logically.
MLO4 Apply innovative analytical problem solving skills and techniques to analyse real world problems energy conversion systems for sustainability and cost efficiency.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO5 Work individually and also within a collaborative working environment to generate ethical and sustainable solutions to engineering problems

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

1. Group Work (20%)
MLO 2,3,4, 5
Individual (20%) critical state of the art research and technology report of chosen solution method.

Feedback provided to students from their peers via feedback forms and from the academic team within 14 working days will feed forward into further assessed work.

2. Individual Examination (60%)
MLO 1,3, 4
Feedback provided to students individually in class within 20 working days from submission.

Formative Assessments

1. Seminars will involve problem solving sessions and tasks designed to aid student understanding which will allow discussion and reflection to feed forward to further improvement as well as the assessed work.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Sustainable energy systems are a critical area for the engineering industry and you will need to familiarise yourself with power generation, heating and transportation. This module will enable you to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to a wide range of energy generation/conversion problems, considering environmental effects, manufacturing processes, initial, operational (life cycle) cost of ownership. You will learn to understand and critically apply cutting edge industrial sustainable energy solutions and hardware as a part of a collaborative group. You will have the opportunity to gain practical experience by using bespoke fuel cells and CHP system laboratory apparatus. Module assessment is based on a closed book examination (60%) and directed group and individual work (20+20%) where you will assess a specified site, based on historical conditions and plant performance, create and justify your sustainable energy solution. This will be presented to your peers and academic staff, with an individual critical review of the state of the art and research and technology report.

What will I learn on this module?

You will gain knowledge and skills to allow you to begin to evaluate and make decisions about key areas which you are likely to encounter as your career develops in Engineering. You will learn to understand, design and analyses advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems and technologies and their application to energy generation problems. The advanced systems to be investigated are combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines and towards the end you will learn about energy generation assessment and applications.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years part-time

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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