KB6004 - Sustainable Energy Systems

What will I learn on this module?

You will aquire knowledge and the 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 analyse advanced sustainable and renewable energy conversion systems their technologies and their application to energy generation problems. Advanced energy systems will be investigated, such as; combined heat and power systems, heat pumps and refrigeration systems, PV systems and fuel cells, solar thermal systems and geothermal, hydro and wind turbines.

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 guest speakers as appropriate. You will be encouraged to engage with the PSRB regional seminars to give further illustration of current applications. Your learning experience will be enhanced by engagement with practical engineering problems, calling on your wider skills in innovation, design theory, simulation 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 Technology Enhanced Learning tools will enhance your learning experiences within this module.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to the taught material there will be directed learning which encourages students to develop independent study. This will be supported during. seminar discussions with participation of both peers and academics where formative feedback which will lead you to independent learning to inform the next session.

The use of e-learning portal discussion board and feedback surveys will enable students to highlight any issues arrising 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.

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. Coursework (50%)
MLO 2, 3, 4 & 5 (3000 words or equivalent)

2. Examination (5%) (2 hr)
MLO 1, 3 & 4
Individual written feedback will be provided to within 20 working days for all summative assessment.

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.





Module abstract

Sustainable energy systems are a critical area for the engineering industries and through this module you will become familiar with energysystems for power greneration, heating/cooling , and transportation. This module will enable you to generate innovative and sustainable solutions in a wide range of energy generation/conversion applications, considering environmental effects, initial and operational (life-cycle) cost of ownership.. You will learn to understand and critically apply cutting edge industrial sustainable energy solutions and hardware.. Module assessment is based on an examination and coursework .

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

Fee Information

Module Information

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Our Campus based courses starting in 2022 and 2023 will be delivered on-campus with supporting online learning content. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to adjust the delivery of our education accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

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