KD7068 - Renewable Energy Technologies for Electricity Supply

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What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with the opportunity to study the operation of the renewable energy technologies used for electricity generation, covering the aspects of resource assessment, operating characteristics, typical performance levels, economics and environmental impact. You will also consider the context of the use of renewable energy systems, including aspects relating to grid connection and enabling technologies such as storage.

The module introduces you to all the renewable technologies that can be used to generate electricity, including solar, water, wind, geothermal and biomass technologies.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars, with the latter providing you with an opportunity to discuss within the class a range of issues relating to the implementation of renewable energy, both technical and non-technical. You will be provided with lecture notes and relevant reports and articles via the e-learning portal.

The module is assessed by a closed book examination (60%) and coursework in the form of an assignment (40%), for which you will provide a written report and make a short presentation to the class. Feedback on the examination will be provided to you individually and also generically to indicate where the class gave stronger or weaker answers to particular examination questions. Feedback on your assignment will be provided to you individually for both the report and the presentation, with particular emphasis on constructive advice to help you to enhance your skills. Formative feedback will be provided in the seminars to help you to develop your understanding of the module content.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

In addition to the lectures and seminars, you are able to make direct contact with the module team, usually via email in the first instance, where further support is required. This allows the arrangement of ad-hoc individual or group discussions to address specific problems. You will also be regularly referred to supporting resources including relevant texts and multimedia relevant to the module. References to these resources will be made available through the e-learning portal and in lectures and seminars. Individual advice and feedback will be provided on your assignment.

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?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• Able to explain the operating characteristics of a range of new and renewable energy generation technologies.
• Able to interpret resource information in terms of system operation.
• Able to evaluate and compare the relative merits of the use of these technologies in a variety of electrical supply scenarios, including technical, economic and environmental considerations.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Able to apply analytical methods for estimating the environmental impact of renewable and other energy systems.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
• Able to develop and present an individual argument covering the technical and non-technical aspects of the implementation of renewable energy technologies

How will I be assessed?

1. Examination (60%) – KU1, KU3, ISA1
2. Written assignment and presentation (40%) – KU2, KU3, PVA1

1. Course seminars – KU3

Formative feedback will be provided via class discussions in seminar sessions. Individual written feedback will be provided on both aspects of the summative assessment.





Module abstract

As an electrical engineer, you are increasingly likely to be dealing with renewable energy systems as part of your career, since they are making an important and growing contribution to the world’s energy supply, especially in relation to the issues of energy security and climate change. In this module, you will learn about the technical principles and operational impacts of the major renewable energy technologies used for the production of electricity, through a combination of lectures and group seminars. The module links to ongoing research within the University and elsewhere, to ensure that you are able consider the development of the technologies as well as their current status and understand the techniques by which renewable energy technologies are measured and assessed. This module provides you with underpinning knowledge that you can build upon throughout your career in electrical engineering.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 12 months full-time
2 other options available

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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