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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5411M Renewable Technologies

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Dr AB Ross

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

CAPE3411Renewable Technologies

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the renewable technologies: wind, solar, hydro, tidal and wave and geothermal. Comparative and broader energy topics essential for renewable integration are covered: energy storage, electricity networks, energy policy and economic, renewable energy trends, and critical materials for sustainable energy. This module includes laboratory sessions for wind, solar, wave, and fuel cells.


The objectives of this module are:
- to deliver an introduction to the technology, application, and resource for the main renewable technologies, enabling the students to solve technology-specific problems;
- to deliver a broader context of renewable sources, enabling the students to complete implementation and technology-comparative questions;
- to develop practical laboratory skills and key skills of analysis concerning renewable energy sources;
- to guide the students' completion of critical literature reviews, enhancing research skills and extending research knowledge.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should:
- have detailed knowledge of solar, wind, hydroelectric, tidal and wave, and thermal energy, energy storage, and electricity network technologies;
- be able to solve quantitative technology-specific renewable energy problems;
- be able to discuss renewable energy trends, policy, and other factors that impact integration of renewable technologies into our electricity network;
- have the ability to perform comparative calculations regarding renewable energy resource, capacity, storage and costs;
- have developed the ability to critically review scientific literature;
- be able to discuss the fundamental and practical factors that limit performance and be aware of the research efforts underway to make improvements;
- be able to display awareness of the health and safety aspects of renewable technologies;
- have developed practical skills related to experimental design, measurement, data analysis and interpretation associated with renewable technology experiments;
- have developed an understanding of critical materials needed for development of renewable energy technologies.


Introduction - technology overview, capacity factors, levelised costs, energy trends, energy policy, commercial awareness.
Solar energy - solar resource, photovoltaics, solar thermal, system technology.
Wind energy - wind resource, turbine aerodynamics, system technology.
Hydroelectric and ocean energy - energy resource, hydroelectric schemes, wave power, tidal power, system technology.
Thermal energy - energy resource, geothermal energy, heat pumps, system technology.
Energy storage and electricity networks - types of batteries, fuel cells and electrolysis, distribution, and transmission.
Health, safety and environment considerations in the selection of renewable technologies.
Critical materials for renewable energy - criticality, environmental impacts.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment13.003.00
Independent online learning hours78.00
Private study hours166.00
Total Contact hours56.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Independent online learning:
Watching additional online lecture resources and attempting examples. Watching supporting videos, preparing for flip classes and taking online MCQ tests. Students will be required to follow a programme of private study including watching online materials to prepare for renewable energy experiments. Online materials will include recorded lecture materials and videos describing laboratory experiments.

Private study:
Review of lecture material
Directed reading of texts or online resources
Preparation and writing of critical literature reviews
Preparation and writing of lab reports
Exam revision

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Online MCQ which will cover material delivered in lectures and extended online.
Marking of the laboratory reports and completion of two assessed critical literature reviews, which will further monitor student progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalLab report20.00
Case StudyCase study20.00
PracticalLab book10.00
PracticalLab report (formative)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 13/07/2022


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