Core Module Information
Module title: Sustainable Energy Technologies

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: MEC11123
Module leader: Dylan Ryan
School School of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Engineering and Mathematics


Description of module content:

This module will review the field of sustainability. Firstly, we will conceptualise sustainability, its history and the challenges to sustainable development. Methods of estimating life cycle carbon emission and ecological impacts will be critical analysed. The process of risk assessments in the context of the renewable energy industry, will also be discussed.

Next the module will consider the topic of energy consumption and usage, most notably in the heating of buildings and transportation (both of which represents the bulk of final energy consumption). This shall include estimating the energy consumption of buildings depending on climate conditions and the options for improving building performance and estimating of heat load, boiler requirements, etc. Transportation shall also consider the environmental impact of transportation as well as the design of urban areas, public transport, its benefits and limitations.

Finally, we will review the application of renewable energy resources for the design of appropriate renewable energy systems; including autonomous off-grid systems, as well as the methodology and rationale for grid connection. Systems control and energy storage on both a micro and macro scale will be considered next. This shall include Economic and environmental impact of energy systems. Hydro electric systems design, including water turbine selection and Flow Duration Curve analysis for optimisation of energy yield will be presented. Wind energy design shall also be considered, including the site selection and estimation of performance.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Analyse and mathematically manipulate renewable energy resources performance data as well as critical appraisal of the life cycle environmental impact
LO2: Explain and discuss the design considerations of autonomous and grid connected renewable energy based systems
LO3: Examine health and safety and risk assessments in the context of sustainable energy technologies.
LO4: Determine the appropriate design and performance for grid connection opportunities with hydro turbines.
LO5: Critically appraise the environmental impact of biomass transportation systems, specify the appropriate size of boiler for a specific installation, and consider payback.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lauren Hilton
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Independent Learning Guided independent study 161
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Lecture 24
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1,3,5 10 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 7000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,4,5 14/15 HOURS= 03.00
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
MEC11123 Sustainable Energy Technologies