Renewable Energy Systems and the Environment is one of the pathways offered in the Sustainable Engineering programme.
This course examines the design and operation of the energy systems that provide the environments in which people live and work. It explores how quality of life can be balanced by the need for conservation of world resources.
You’ll learn about different energy resources:
You’ll look at the systems that are employed to control these resources such as:
combined heat & power schemes
solar capture devices
high efficiency condensing boilers
adaptive control systems
You’ll explore the impact energy has on the environment and how it can be reduced.
Our course has been running for over 20 years and has over 400 graduates. External examiners consistently refer to our beneficial links with industry and the high quality of our project work.
Studying at least three generic modules will meet the key requirements to attain Chartered Engineer status.
You must take three specialist modules if you’re studying for the Postgraduate Certificate and up to five if you’re studying for a Postgraduate Diploma or MSc.
Successful completion of six modules leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.
This usually involves four or five students working together. Each project focuses on a particular energy/environment system and includes a technical appraisal, and, where appropriate, an assessment of its cost effectiveness and environmental impact.
At the end of the project, students perform a presentation during the University’s Knowledge Exchange week to invited guests from industry. This event provides an important networking opportunity for students.
Students are encouraged to take up free membership of these professional organisations.
Students have access to departmental laboratories with a range of testing equipment. For example, a recent MSc project included the use of sophisticated thermal measurement of thermal storage materials undertaken in the Advanced Materials Research Laboratory.
Learning & teaching
The course comprises compulsory technical modules, a choice of broader generic modules, which are recommended by accrediting professional bodies, group projects with industry input, and individual projects.
Teaching methods are varied, and include lectures, discussions, group work, informal reviews, on-line questionnaires, and computer modelling laboratories.
Assessment of taught modules are by written assignments and exams. Group projects are assessed by project websites and presentations. Individual projects are assessed on the submitted thesis.