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Module Title
Renewables and the Energy Transition
Reference ENM505 Version 2
Created August 2023 SCQF Level SCQF 11
Approved February 2022 SCQF Points 15
Amended April 2024 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
This module aims to demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of the advanced technologies implemented in the transformation of renewable energy into clean electricity towards energy transition, while looking into the challenges and economics of operating such renewable-based energy systems.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Appraise the current energy transition and the role of renewable energy technologies.
2 Analyse the prospects, challenges, and fundamentals of energy conversion of the different renewable energy technologies.
3 Evaluate the advanced technologies applied in the transportation of renewable-electricity and the role of energy storage in addressing its grid-integration challenges.
4 Make informed judgement on the economics of operating renewable-based electrical power systems.

Indicative Module Content
Energy classification. Statistical overview of energy generation and consumption with the associated environmental concerns. The ongoing Energy Transition and the role of renewables. Renewable Energy Technologies - Fundamentals, Prospects, Challenges & how to address them. Principles of Electricity Generation from the different renewable sources. Renewable Electricity Transportation and the AC & DC Technologies applied in its Transportation. Challenges to the Integration of Renewable Electricity into the Electricity Network. Role of Energy Storage in Modern Power Systems and the Potential of Green Hydrogen Energy Storage Systems and Fuel Cells. The Economics of Operating Renewable-Based Power Generation Systems.

Module Delivery
Blended Delivery - Lectures and Guided Self-Study.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 35 35
Non-Contact Hours 115 115
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 100% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: Individual written report.

Explanatory Text
Component 1 comprises 100% of the module grade. To pass the module, a D grade is required.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module A background in engineering is beneficial.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

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2 TAVNER, P., 2021. Offshore Wind Turbines: Reliability. Availability and Maintenance, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, London, UK.
3 BANSAL, R. ed., 2017. Handbook of Distributed Generation: Electric Power Technologies, Economics and Environmental Impacts. Springer.
4 JONES, L.E., 2017. Renewable energy integration: practical management of variability, uncertainty, and flexibility in power grids. Academic Press.
5 RASHID, M.H., 2016. Electric Renewable Energy Systems. Academic Press.
6 PITT, E., 2009. Assessment of Performance of Wave Energy Conversion Systems: Marine Renewable Energy Guides. Department of Energy and Climate Change.
7 THEODORE, W., 2014. Electrical machines, drives and power systems, 6/E. Pearson Education India.

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