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TITLE A Non-Technical Introduction to Renewable Energy

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Sustainable Energy

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will give an overview of the major forms of Renewable Energy around the world and the ones being applied in Malta - namely - solar, wind, biomass, energy from waste and geothermal energy. It will also look at the economics and long- term prospects of the various technologies.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:
- introduce non-technical undergraduate students to renewable energies and technologies.
- familiarize students with current international trends and local options.
- outline economic, environmental, and social issues associated with renewable energy use.
- educate students about the continuing importance of fossil fuels.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- describe the various forms of RE with their advantages and disadvantages.
- explain the limitations of renewable energy options.
- describe the continuing importance of fossil fuels by outlining the current energy mix.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- participate in discussions about energy.
- find public sources of energy consumption in various countries and to interpret such data.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:
(availability at the Library or otherwise is indicated against each entry)

- Boyle, G. Renewable Energy - Power for a Sustainable Future. Oxford University Press, UK. ISBN 0-19-926178-4. Copy available in UoM Library.
- Gipe, Paul (2004) Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm and Business, Chelsea Green Publishing Company, U.S.A. ISBN 1-902916-54-9 and ISBN 1-931498-14-8. Copies available in UoM Library.
- T. Markvart (Ed.) (2005) Solar Electricity, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., UK. ISBN 0-471-98853-7. Copy available in UoM Library.
- Manfred Weissenbacher, Sources of Power: How Energy Forges Human History, Praeger Perspectives, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2009. (The part " Beyond the Oil Age," page 675, contains descriptive explanations of all renewable energy options, with their advantages and disadvantages. Copy available in UoM library.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 100%


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
Refresher Courses in Renewable Energy
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MSc time tables for semester 1
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Jan - Feb 2018 Exams
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ThermHCB Project
2012 MCST R&I Programme.

Training Courses in Renewable Energy

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Solar Heating Technical Visits
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