Renewable Energy Systems

Module Title - Renewable Energy Systems
Number of credits – 10

Module description

This module covers the operating principles, characteristics, and classifications of energy storage solutions and their integration within a whole energy system.

In addition, this module covers the operating principles, characteristics, and interactions of distributed heat and power generation technologies (for example, wind power systems, photovoltaic systems, biomass-derived systems), their technical and environmental benefits, their planning, operating, and grid integration challenges, complexities, remedies, charging mechanisms in a distribution energy business, and standards.

Finally, the integration of such technology into energy networks will be studied from a standpoint of demand; specifically how such technology can be utilised both to satisfy realtime demand as a function of grid load change and to accommodate increased future energy demand. This latter consideration is also important when considering the increasing energy demand in developing nations.

By the end of the module you will be able to

  • Explain operating principles, characteristics, and classifications of energy storage solutions and their integration within a whole energy system.
  • Calculate/analyse energy capacities and other parameters of various energy storage technologies, e.g. battery, compressed air, pumped hydro, etc.
  • Explain operating principles, characteristics, and interactions of distributed heat and power generation technologies, their technical and environmental benefits, their planning, operating, and grid integration challenges, complexities, remedies, charging mechanisms in a distribution energy business, and standards
  • Critically analyse the use of such technology as part of a nation’s energy system, and be able to incorporate such technology into the design of small/local-scale energy systems.

Teaching and assessment:

Assessment: Coursework 80%, oral presentation 20%
Reassessment: 100% coursework