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Module Code: EEE401
Module Title: Sustainable Energy and Environment
Module Level: Level 4
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2021/22
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
• To provide the theoretical understanding required to design suitable energy conversion devices suitable for exploiting wind, both on and offshore, hydropower, tidal, ocean wave and marine currents and to be able to site such devices based on knowledge of local oceanographic and meteorological data.

• To provide the theoretical understanding required to design suitable energy conversion devices suitable for exploiting solar energy.

• To provide the theoretical understanding required to design suitable energy conversion devices suitable for exploiting biomass and biofuels.

• To gain the understanding of the practical limitations imposed by structural loadings and responses on such devices.

• To enable students to analyze environmental and social impacts of energy conversion and use when taking into account the limited natural resources and climate changes. This includes understanding the background for various sustainable development for a specific energy technologies (focus on wind and sun) and comparison with fossil/nuclear energy technologies in specific socio-ecological contexts

Learning outcomes 
A. Master the physical principles in extracting usable energy from solar, wind, hydropower, wave and marine current and the dynamics relevant to energy extraction;

B. Analyse and compare the performance of various renewable energy technologies;

C. Gain critical insight into the factors for site selection of renewable energy and key considerations for installation, maintenance, operational control and eventual decommissioning;

D. Gain the principles of life cycle assessment and critical application of results from such assessments to evaluate key components of renewable energy systems;

E. Critically appreciate the complexities associated with the potential environmental impact of a renewable energy system on noise, visual intrusion, marine life as well as safety of shipping;

F. Apply their knowledge and skills in resolving the specified research and design problems;

G. Design a sustainable development for a specific geographical area with focus on heat, power, transport and food requirements;

H. Perform assessments of sustainable development based on system thinking.
Method of teaching and learning 
This module will be delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and supervised laboratory sessions.
Week 1 Introduction:

Fundamental concepts of sustainable development and different energy resources and their conversion and use in relation to climate change and peak oil. Environmental impacts of climate change.

Week 2-3 Energy Conversion:

The theory how energy conversion and use affect ecosystems will be outlined. Different tools for assessment of sustainable development and environmental impacts, sustainability indicators, life cycle assessment (e.g. carbon footprint), energy and material flows (e.g. energy) and land use assessment methods (ecological footprint), specifically related to the energy resources biomass, sun and wind.

Week 4-5 Review of Fluid Dynamic Theory for renewable environmental device:

Potential flow/viscous flow, wave theory, Bernoulli's, boundary layers, incompressible /compressible, cavitation, noise. Dynamics of Ocean (wave statistics and associated energy, interaction of tide on currents, geostrophic phenomena, local bathymetry.

Week 6 Dynamics of Atmosphere:

Overview of process of surface shear generating boundary layers, thermal effects giving rise to global weather systems, local wind profiles and methods of calculating influence of surface roughness on profiles, wind gradients, turbulence levels.

Week 7-8 Suitable sites:

use of energy density surveys, measuring devices for specific sites, calculating annual yield, fluctuations in supply, use of probabilistic techniques.

Week 9 Analysis techniques:

Blade element momentum theory for wind/wave - horizontal axis, vertical axis, uses of ducts, controllable vs fixed pitch, coastal wave, tidal lagoons, floating wave energy devices. Matching power to generator system. Use of more advanced CFD.

Week 10 Environmental Loading:

Possible support structures, foundations, piles, moorings. Loads on device itself -centripetal, environmental, fatigue, noise generation.

Week 11 Structural Response:

How device and support structure respond to applied loads - motions in wave, necessary sizing for components, issues of maintainability, installation, operational.

Week 12 Environmental Impact, Societal Interactions and Safety:

What are the issues for s specific site, planning permission process, managing public understanding, EIA, mitigating negative impacts on wildlife etc., operational safety

Week 13 Case Study:

Each student makes a literature review based on specific papers, simulation models and own quantitative assessments in a larger case study. Each student designs its own case of a future energy system in a specific socio-ecological context and plans a sustainable development including choice of specific energy technologies.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26   12        112  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Research Report 1 15.00
2 Research Report 2 15.00
3 Simulation Report 10.00
4 Final Exam 60.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 12/2/2020 4:39:44 AM