Business and Strategy Development

Module Title - Advanced Energy Technology– Introductory module
Number of credits – 20

Module description

This module provides a significant proportion of the programme’s fundamental engineering concepts, specifically relating to thermodynamics and power generation processes, in addition to the impact that each generation process can have on the environment and wider economy.

The syllabus will include: the laws of thermodynamics, conventional power generation processes, renewable power generation processes, the current mix of generation processes in the UK (and wider global market) and how this is changing over time as a result of improving technology (and how distributions change as a function of geography and raw materials), the needs of a developed economy in terms of heat and power, climate change processes and climate change modelling.

Further material on how the provision of energy to non-electrical systems ties into the UK energy demand is important here. For example, heat networks and the emergence of transportation operating via non-ICE drivers. The supply of such systems should be set in context with the demand for such. Other modules may look at how supply and demand could change with time, but AET should be able to show how demand can be satisfied at any particular time, and the module will also include an overview of general energy systems such that students can understand this process.

By the end of the module you will be able to

  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the UK’s energy generation mix, and demonstrate an ability to thoroughly describe each of the constitute generation processes.
  • Critically discuss the UK’s energy demand across all distribution vectors, and be able to authoritatively describe how such demand (both current and future) can be met.
  • Discuss global energy demand and analyse how this changes as a function of economic development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of national and international energy systems, markets and security, and describe how these can be affected by changes in governmental policy, including how national legislation and international treaties pertain to such.
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the physics behind climate change, and investigate how changes in generation technologies can mitigate its effects, taking into account the challenges associated with the implementation of such.

Teaching and assessment:

Assessment:  2 hour examination (50%), group report and oral presentation (50%)