CEM106-Sustainable Heat and Power

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering, School of Built Environment
Number of credits: 40 [20 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: CEM102 Business of Construction and CEM103 Project Management: Principles and Practice CEM104 Construction Cost Management: Principles and Practice CEM105 Emerging Economies Integrating Studies CEM107 Sustainable Design and Management Principles and Practice
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Maria Vahdati

Email: m.m.vahdati@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module is concerned with renewable energy technologies. These include biomass, solar, wind, hydro and marine energy. Technical, environmental and social issues are considered. Technical and non-technical barriers and issues limiting widespread use of renewable energy are discussed. Assessment through laboratory work, use of energy software and group activities give students an opportunity to examine and analyse data as well as to investigate issues concerned with the use of renewable energy.

To provide the student with a knowledge of the technical, environmental and social issues associated with a range of renewable energy technologies.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of the module, students should:
• Be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a range of the renewable energy technologies covered, supporting their arguments with quantitative analysis.
• Be able to assess the technical, environmental and social issues associated with a range of renewable energy technologies.
• Be able to conduct resource feasibility studies for the renewable energy technologies covered.
• Be able to undertake the outline specification and design of commonly used concepts for the exploitation of several types of renewable resources.

Additional outcomes:
Students should also:
• Be able to apply their knowledge to the use of software packages and to some practical work.

Outline content:
The underlying science and technical principles necessary for the assessment and analysis of the following renewable energy technologies:
• Wind energy (including relevant elements of fluid mechanics)
• Hydro power
• Biomass (including relevant elements of heat transfer and thermodynamics)
• Solar, encompassing PV and thermal
• Application of the software package PVSyst.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be delivered in four intensive teaching blocks, covering the science and technology appropriate for each of the main subject areas outlined above. Each block will have approximately 22 hours of contact time, and will be structured to employ variegated combinations of learning methods. There will be lectures, laboratory work, software classes, a site visits and group learning activities. Note that the visits may take place outside of the block weeks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 100
Seminars 5
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
External visits 15
Guided independent study 260
Total hours by term 400.00
Total hours for module 400.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 45
Oral assessment and presentation 5
Class test administered by School 50

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework: Hydro power analysis ,  PV analysis, wind energy  analysis, biomass poster

Oral: Biomass presentation

Class test: Open book class test on wind, hydro and solar


Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework in September. Students are required to contact the School to confirm reassessment arrangements.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 20 April 2018


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