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XX20001: Renewable energy

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Programmes in Natural Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 17%, EX 75%, OR 8%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 17%)
  • Presentation (OR 8%)
  • Examination (EX 75%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Before taking this module you must take XX20085
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To develop an understanding of the renewable energy resources & technologies that can be used to substitute for conventional energy sources. To assess the status, state of development & potential of the different technologies.
To provide an understanding of the policy, economic & environmental issues connected with different renewable energy sources.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the students should be able to:
* Assess the extent & availability of renewable energy resources;
* Describe the characteristics of renewable energy technologies;
* Understand the nature of the economic barriers to their implementation;
* Understand the environmental barriers & issues of renewable energy.

Practical applied problem solving (T/F/A); team work (T/F); essay skills (T/F/A).

Energy - introduction to renewable energy, context, status & potential, reasons for its increasing use, challenges & policy measures. For each of the eight different renewable energy sources, power equations, resources size, technology, economic & environmental issues are included. The topics included are solar energy, biomass energy, hydro electric power, tidal energy, marine current, wind energy, wave energy, geothermal energy, integration & availability & storage for intermittent sources.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

XX20001 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.