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TITLE Introduction to Renewable Energy Technologies

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Institute for Sustainable Energy

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will initially provide an overview of the various RES technologies for electricity generation and heating. The unit will then focus on the principles of operation, design, and the particular installation requirements of the following technologies: Solar photovoltaic cell technologies, system sizing, operation and performance monitoring; Solar heating technologies; Wind turbines, including offshore systems; Biomass and Energy from Waste Plants; and Hydro, Tidal and Wave Power Systems.

Study-unit Aims:

The main scope of this unit is to provide an introduction to renewable energy technologies. It will enable the student to evaluate renewable energy technologies and propose solutions. It covers the technologies used to convert different forms of renewable energy, including solar, wind, bio-energy, energy from waste, hydro, and wave.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- obtain an understanding of the various renewable energy technologies;
- apply the fundamental scientific principles that form the basis for the design and performance estimation of various renewable energy systems;
- evaluate the various advantages, problems and limitations associated with the various renewable energy technologies;
- propose technical solutions for harnessing renewable energy at a given site;
- apply computer-based design and simulation programs.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply theoretical and practical methods to determine the performance of renewable energy systems;
- undertake technical site assessments for application of RES technologies;
- apply the various procedures required for the implementation of RES projects, including the installation, operation and maintenance of renewable energy systems;
- compile reports about the technical feasibility of renewable energy technologies for various circumstances.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

1. Sustainable Energy - Choosing Among Options, Jefferson W. Tester (Author), Elisabeth M. Drake (Author), Michael J. Driscoll, (Author), Michael W. Golay (Author), William A. Peters (Author), The MIT Press (2005), ISBN-10: 0262201534.

2. Renewable Energy, Third Edition (Hardcover). Bent Sorensen (Sørensen) (Author). Academic Press (2005), ISBN-10: 0126561532.

3. Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application. James Manwell (Author), J G Mc Gowan (Author), A Rogers (Author). John Wiley & Sons (2007); ISBN: 0471499722.

4. Physics of Solar Cells: From Basics Principles to Advanced Concepts. Peter Wurfel. Wiley VCH; ISBN-10: 3527408576 (ISBN-13: 978-3527408573).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 30%
Examination (3 Hours) Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Daniel Buhagiar
Robert N. Farrugia
Maurizio Fenech
Luciano Mule' Stagno
Charles Emile I. Yousif (Co-ord.)

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
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.
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