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Renewable Energy And Conversion Techniques Ii

COURSE CODE: REN9201
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 0
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Renewable Energy, PhD
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Tidal and Geothermal Energy are one of the most abundant and freely available natural energy resources. They are used for various applications including space heating, cooling, lighting, process heat for industrial purposes and also electricity generation steam power plant. The conversion of such energies into electricity through various ways is very crucial and involves technical issues. This course covers the basics of conversion technologies and system designing techniques and also the methods of direct use of Tidal and Geothermal Energy in daily life. The course also reviews the nature of atmospheric winds and tidal behavior and tidal power. Principles of tidal power technologies and power plants; and ocean thermal energy conversion systems are discussed.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

The aim of this course is to provide the learner with an ability to evaluate the application of wave, tidal and geothermal micro-wind systems in an overall cost-effective energy policy at a local and national level. As conventional energy sources such as fossil fuels become increasingly scarce, scientists and engineers will need to rely more and more on alternative sources of energy. Renewable energy technologies are available to harness the renewable energy available. An analysis and evaluation of the benefits and shortfalls of the various technologies will be conducted to contribute to the cost-effective harnessing of renewable energy.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the principles that underlie the ability of tidal and geothermal energy to deliver useable energy;
  • Outline the technologies that are used to harness the power of tidal and geothermal energy;
  • Discuss the positive and negative aspects of tidal and geothermal energy in relation to natural and human aspects of the environment.
  • Explain the thermodynamic principles used for electricity production from geothermal resource
  • Discuss the fields of application of the different technologies, their advantages and their drawbacks

LEARNING OUTCOMES
A doctoral student completing the course is expected to:

  • Explain the principles that underlie the ability of geothermal energy to deliver useable energy
  • Outline the technologies that are used to harness the power of geothermal energy
  • Discuss the positive and negative aspects of geothermal energy in relation to natural and human aspects of the environment.
  • Discuss how green energy is generatedfrom tidal and geothermal to deliver useable energy;
  • Compare tidal and geothermal energy in relation to natural and human aspects of the environment.
  • Discuss the fields of application of the different technologies, their advantages and their drawbacks