ENRG08007 2019 Renewable Energy Systems

General Details

Full Title
Renewable Energy Systems
Transcript Title
Renewable Energy Systems
N/A %
Subject Area
ENRG - Energy
MEMA - Mech and Manufact Eng
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
David Mulligan, Sinead Hanlon
Programme Membership
SG_EMECH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation

This course helps develop the skills to design, fund, and implement renewable energy projects around the world in line with changes in power grid infrastructure. Students learn the basics of how to design photovoltaic, wind, biomass, geothermal, small-hydro, waste water to energy, solid waste to energy, and other large scale sustainable energy operations.

Students also learn about the best global practices for engaging rural and indigenous communities in renewable energy projects while maximizing economic development and social equity.

They learn how to deal with other important issues like negotiating land rights for renewable energy projects, how to encourage public utilities and private corporations to sign long-term agreements for purchasing renewable energies,green certificates and the governance relating to this.

Students learn how to prepare project proposals for international financial institutions and private investors who fund these projects, and the practical requirements for assessing a project's viability.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Plan and design a solar photovoltaic farm, wind farm, waste to energy gasification and bio-digester to produce gas plant for connection at High Voltage and local microgrid and understand the impact of these technologies on the power grid 



Implement best practices and adherance to international standards and protocols for managing and building infrastructure projects related to renewable energies in a range of geographies


Calculate the basic health and environmental effects of implementing different renewable energies (clean electricity and biofuel options) in different sites around the world) 


Understand governance regarding green energy(contracts, green certs), manage the supply chain for supplies, components and assemblies of renewable energy systems (solar panels, wind turbines, bio-refinery supplies, etc.)), prepare business plans for renewable energy projects and present these projects to potential investors 


Understand the technologies relating to Industrial 4.0 including fundamentals of electric vehicles, industrial load requirements, power requirements(battery charging, STATCOM) and trends in consumer electrical requirements going forward

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lectures (online and full time delivery) as well as directed learning to examine the different solutions and standards

Module Assessment Strategies

CA and Exam

Repeat Assessments

CA resubmit and Exam repeat

Indicative Syllabus

1. Introduction to Design of Renewable Energy Projects, course organization, main learning objectives. 

Energy use and its potential health and environmental effects due to climate change, basic concepts of climate change mitigation and adaptation using renewable energies

2. Basics of solar, wind and bio energy operations.   Discussion about health and environmental issues of this “clean energy operation”. Cost estimation and financing of operations

3. Conventional biofuel production operations and biorefineries, potential risks and benefits, food VS fuel issues, supply chain issues. Cost estimation and financing of renewable fuels.

4. Unconventional biofuels and waste-to-energy operations: potential risks and benefits, supply chain issues, trash and organic waste gasification technologies Cost estimation and financing of waste to energy and gasification projects

5. Using a case study, siting issues and lessons learned from implementing large-scale renewable energy projects: Engaging the community by sharing equity, interconnectivity issues, etc. Use of health and environmental impacts to support financing of renewable energy projects.

6. Understand international guidelines and green certificates relating to renewable energy projects

7. Understand the integration of electric vehicles and new technology with renewable energy

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Continuous Assessment Assessment 40 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Online Independant Learning 7 Weekly 7.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources