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INTR6012 - Energy Resources & Conversion

Title:Energy Resources & Conversion
Long Title:Energy Resources and Conversion Principles
Module Code:INTR6012
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: JOHN BUCKLEY
Module Description: This module introduces the student to energy conversion principles and processes and the system of units of measurement used. A range of energy processes are explored and analysed both theoretically and practically by laboratory experiment.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Illustrate the operation of a range of sustainable energy systems and technologies.
LO2 Identify and interpret the operating characteristics of sustainable energy devices.
LO3 Apply standard methods to demonstrate the design process for an energy system.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Energy conversion
Reserves,energy resources and units of measure
Energy Uses
Space heat, hot water, electricity, transport.
Sustainable Energy Options
Introduction to possible domestic energy options.
Wind Energy
Wind resource, turbine types.
Biofuels (Timber)
Biofuel timber sources, conversion processes, wood pellet systems.
Biofuels (Transport)
Crop types, conversion processes.
Solar Energy
Solar energy basics, solar thermal energy collectors, solar thermal energy systems.
Solar Electricity (Photovoltaics)
Photovoltaics principles, cell types, module types.
Ground source heat pumps
energy conversion and extraction, heat pumps, vertical and horizontal collectors.
Resources and assessment, turbine types.
Ocean Energy
Wave, Tidal and Ocean Current Resource. Energy Conversion Processes.
Lab Programme
Solar collector, solar PV, wind turbine, hydro turbine, fuel cell.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Energy Option for a domestic building 1,2,3 30.0 Week 4
Project Design calculation for an energy system 2,3 30.0 Week 12
Practical/Skills Evaluation Labs 1,2 40.0 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab Laboratory Work 2.0 Every Second Week 1.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Directed Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 8.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • edited by Godfrey Boyle 1996, Renewable energy, Oxford University Press in association with the Open University Oxford [ISBN: 0198564511]
  • David JC McKay, Sustainable energy without the hot air [ISBN: 978-0954452933]
  • John W. Twidell and Anthony D. Weir 1986, Renewable energy resources, E & FN Spon London [ISBN: 0419120106]]
  • Allyn J. Washington 1995, Basic technical mathematics with calculus, Addison-Wesley Publishing Company Reading, Mass. [ISBN: 0201766426]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Andrew Kenny 2010, investigating physics, Gill & Macmillan [ISBN: 978-0717145881]
  • M. Nelkon 1975, Principles of physics, Hart-Davis St Albans [ISBN: 0701006293]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: www.seai.ien/a
  • website: esb website www.esb.ien/a
  • Website: David JC McKay 2009, Sustainable energy without the hot air, UIT Cambridge Ltd., Cambridge CB4 1GQ

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 4 Elective

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