CEMRHP3-Sustainable Heat and Power

Module Provider: School of Construction Management and Engineering
Number of credits: 30 [15 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2012/3

Module Convenor: Dr Maria Vahdati

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

Summary module description:
In this module, students are introduced to renewable energy technologies. These include biomass, solar, wind, hydro and marine energy. Technical, environmental and social issues are considered. Technologies associated with the production of power from renewable energy sources are described. Technical and non-technical barriers and issues limiting wide spread use of renewable energy are discussed. Assessment through laboratory based, software and group activities gives 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 practical implementations of the renewable energy technologies covered, supporting their arguments with quantitative analysis.
- 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 resource

Additional outcomes:
Students should also:
- Be able to apply their knowledge to the use of a software package and to practical laboratory work.

Outline content:
The underlying science and technical principles necessary for the assessment and analysis of the following renewable energy technologies:
- Wind energy
- Hydro
- Biomass
- Solar, encompassing PV and thermal
- Renewable Energy power systems
- 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, a study visit and group learning activities. Note that the visits may take place outside of the block weeks.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 100
Seminars 3
Tutorials 10
Practicals classes and workshops 10
External visits 14
Guided independent study 163
Total hours by term 300.00
Total hours for module 300.00

Summative Assessment Methods:

Method Percentage
Written exam 30
Written assignment including essay 70

Other information on summative assessment:
Four assignments, one exam

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
Two hours

Requirements for a pass:
50% or better overall for a pass at level 7

Reassessment arrangements:
Re-sit of exam and / or resubmission of coursework in August / September

Last updated: 9 August 2012

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