Courses Catalogue

Energy Harvesting And Storage

COURSE CODE: MEC423
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Mechanical Engineering, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description


This course covers concentrated sola power, solar photovoltaic, wind, biofuels, hydropower,

geothermal, nuclear power, ocean thermal energy conversion, harvesting tidal and wave power. The topics also cover energy storage technologies capable of overcoming the intermittency of solar and wind energy sources, role of the smart-grids and distributed energy generation, and role of the hydrogen economy in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.


COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE:

This  enables  the  students  understand  the  fundamentals  of  energy  and  its  conversion techniques for both thermal and electrical energy applications.


COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  •  Learn unique ways of generating energy from surroundings,
  •  Learn physical principles of energy harvesting methods mainly electro-mechanical conversion and simulation modelling.

LEARNING OUTCOMES


A student on completing this course is expected to outline the basic principles of energy


  • harvesting  systems  as  well  as  methods  of  electro-mechanical  conversion,  principle  of photovoltaic cells and thermoelectric generators.