MSc in Electrical Engineering
Course Information Package
|Course Unit Title||RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES AND SUSTAINABILITY|
|Course Unit Code||AEEE522|
|Course Unit Details||MSc Electrical Engineering (Required Courses) -|
|Number of ECTS credits allocated||7|
|Learning Outcomes of the course unit||By the end of the course, the students should be able to:|
|Mode of Delivery||Face-to-face|
|Recommended optional program components||NONE|
Fuel Cells: Introduction to fuel cells, Electrochemical Cells, Fuel Cell Classification, Temperature of Operation, State of the Electrolyte, Type of Fuel, Chemical Nature of the Electrolyte, Fuel Cell Reactions, Alkaline Electrolytes, Acid Electrolytes, Molten Carbonate Electrolytes, Ceramic Electrolytes, Methanol Fuel Cells.
Hydrogen Production: Chemical Production of Hydrogen, Historical, Modern Production: a) Partial Oxidation, b) Steam Reforming, c) Thermal Decomposition, d) Syngas, e) Shift Reaction, f) Methanation, g) Methanol, h) Sycrude, Hydrogen Purification, Desulfurization, CO2 Removal, CO Removal and Hydrogen Extraction, Hydrogen Production Plants, Compact Fuel Processors, Electrolytic Hydrogen, Introduction to Electrolyzer Configurations: a)Liquid Electrolyte Electrolyzers, b) Solid Polymer Electrolyte Electrolyzers, c) Ceramic Electrolyte Electrolyzers, Efficiency of Electrolyzes, Concentration Differential Electrolyzers, Electrolytic Hydrogen Compressors
Wind Power: Introduction to wind power, Turbine types and terms, Linear momentum and basic theory, Dynamic matching, Blade element theory, Characteristics of the wind, Power extraction by a turbine, Electricity generation, Mechanical power, Social and environmental considerations.
Biomass and Biofuels: Introduction to Biomass and Biofuels, Biofuel classification, Biomass production for energy farming, Direct combustion for heat, Pyrolysis (destructive distillation), Further thermochemical processes, Alcoholic fermentation, Anaerobic digestion for biogas, Wastes and residues, Vegetable oils and biodiesel, Social and environmental aspects
Photovoltaics Generation: Introduction to Photovoltaic generation, The silicon p–n junction, Photon absorption at the junction, Solar radiation absorption, Maximising cell efficiency, Solar cell construction, Types and adaptations of photovoltaics, Photovoltaic circuit properties, Applications and systems, Social and environmental aspects.
Wave Power: Introduction to Wave power, Wave motion, Wave energy and power, Wave patterns, Devices.
Fusion Energy: ITER Experiment, Tokamaks, Magnetic Fusion Energy, Inertial Confinement Fusion Energy.
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|Planned learning activities and teaching methods|
Teaching is based on lectures.The course delivery will be based on theoretical lecturing, assignments and exercises solved in class. Exercises will be handed to students and their solutions shall be analysed at lecture periods. Additional tutorial time at the end of each lecture will be provided to students. Students are expected to demonstrate the necessary effort to become confident with the different concepts and topics of the course.
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|Language of instruction||English|