SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHH624684
Module Leader Martin MacDonald
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject SCEBE - School Office
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

The course is intended to cover the alternate sources of electrical energy sources. Energy sources from Solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, biomass and waves are covered in this course. Costing aspects are also included for the above sources of energy. Some hybrid sources are also included.


Introduction to Renewable Energy: Non-conventional energy, Renewable energy - sources and features. Hybridenergy systems, Distributed energy systems and dispersed generation (DG) Solar Thermal Energy: Solar radiation spectrum. Radiation measurement. Technologies. Applications: Heating, Cooling, Drying, Distillation, Power generation Solar Photo-voltaic: Operating principles. Photovoltaic cell concepts and efficiency. Cell, module, array. Series and parallel connections. Maximum power point tracking. Applications: Battery charging, Pumping, Lighting, and Peltier cooling Bio-energy: Operating principles. Combustion and fermentation. Anaerobic digester. Wood gassifier. Pyrolysis. Applications: Biogas, Wood stoves, Bio diesel, Combustion engine. Tidal Power: Potential and Generation of tidal power, current technology, future prospects, economic viability of the technology. Wind Energy: Wind patterns and wind data. Site selection. Types of windmills. Characteristics of wind generators/turbines, and efficiency calculations, Load matching, limitations of wind power. Wave Energy Systems: Shoreline systems. Near shore systems. Off shore systems. Geothermal Energy: Resources of geo-thermal energy, generation and utilization of this energy. Integration: Need for Hybrid Systems. Range and type of Hybrid systems. Case studies of Diesel-PV, Wind-PV, Biomass-Diesel systems, electric and hybrid electric vehicles. Costing: Life cycle costing (LCC). Solar thermal system LCC. Solar PV system LCC. Wind system LCC. Biomass system LCC

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Classify the strength of power generation technology involved in the various renewable energy sources.(AM1)2. Identify the need and propose type of renewable energy source that may be feasible for a given application.(AM1,AM2)3. Develop an outline design for an RES based on a given application and estimate achievable efficiencies(AM1,AM5)4. Recognize the need for achieving continuous improvements on efficiency of renewable energy sources.(AM1,AM7)5. Estimate the life cycle cost of generation of solar thermal system LCC, Solar PV system LCC, Wind system LCC and Biomass system (AM1, AM5)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The main teaching method will be based on lectures. The students will be expected to perform directed reading exercises and self-learning exercises on topics related to Renewable Energy. Tutorials will be used to reinforce the module material discussed during lecture sessions. Tutorials also serve as a platform of technical discussions to clarify any queries that arise from directed studies.

Indicative Reading

Text Book: -360 1. Godfrey Boyle. Renewable Energy . Oxford Press. References: -360 1. Gilbert M. Masters.(2004). Renewable and Efficient electric power systems . John Wiley & Sons 2. Paul Gipe.(1999). Wind Energy Basics: A guide to small and Micro Wind Systems . Chelsea Green Publishing Co 3. The Solar Electric House: Steven J. Strong and William G. Scheller; sustainability press, 1993

Transferrable Skills

Problem Solving and Numeracy Communication/Literacy/Linguistic/Critical Evaluation

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (FT) 28.00
Lectures (FT) 56.00
Independent Learning (FT) 100.00
Assessment (FT) 16.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 50.00 45% Final Examination - unseen exam:3 hours
Exam (School) 1.50 20.00 n/a Mid-term test - Unseen Test: 1 hour 30 minutes
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 n/a Assigmnent -written report 2000 words