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ELEC7008 - Energy Management

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Title:Energy Management
Long Title:Energy Management
Module Code:ELEC7008
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Environmental Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: NOEL DUFFY
Module Description: This module addresses the management of energy from the perspectives of project, process and product. It considers the cost implications and significance of resource consumption and impacts on the environment, and the management methodologies to be applied to reduce and avoid these impacts.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Recommend the steps to implement a formal environmental (EMS) or energy management system (EnMS).
LO2 Identify the significant life cycle environmental impacts and recommend improvements for an energy related product.
LO3 Devise an auditing strategy and identify improvement opportunities in an energy consuming (and producing) system.
LO4 Prepare a scoping study for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
LO5 Describe the significance of key policies affecting the sector.
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.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

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.

None
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Energy & environmental management systems (EMS and EnMS)
Drivers for and benefits of environmental & energy management systems. Elements of environmental & energy management systems. Distinction between formal and certified systems. Overview of ISO50001 and ISO14001. Planning: policy, goals, objectives and targets. Registers of aspects, legislation and significant energy users. Performance indicators (KPIs) and improvement programmes. Checking and management review. Significance of communication, monitoring & targeting. Performance profiles as a benchmark. Critical factors for success.
Products: design for environment
Stages in a product life cycle and associated impacts. Design for the environment (DFE). Drivers for and barriers to environmentally-friendly products. Merits of qualitative life cycle assessment. MET (material, energy, toxicity) approach to evaluating product impacts. Examination of common products. Assessment of energy related products, e.g. wind turbine, electric motor, computer screen, photocopier, solar thermal system. Product improvements, introduction to eco-design. Environmental declarations of electrical products e.g. motor. Ecolabels.
Auditing
Types of audit: compliance assessment, opportunity assessment. Methodology for compliance assessment. Example of assessing the adequacy of an environmental policy. Methodology for opportunity assessment in a manufacturing or service application. Ecomapping and input-output analysis. Data gathering and assessment. Pareto analysis. Root cause analysis. Economic factors. Sources of improvement suggestions. Classification of improvements. Integration of improvement programmes with formal management systems.
Environmental impact assessment (EIA)
Objectives and principles of EIA. Current philosophy and developments in practice with particular reference to energy-related projects. Stages in EIA, in particular: scoping. Public communication. Examination of a simple case study.
Energy related policy measures
Resource consumption and emission impacts of energy use. Need for efficiency. Introduction to environmental policy affecting the sector: e.g. EIA, IPPC, WEEE, RoHS, EuP, Integrated Product Policy, Renewable Energy Directive.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Preparation of an energy or environmental policy and outline programme for a specified activity 1 25.0 Week 4
Written Report Identification of improvement measures for a specified activity e.g. compressed air system, HVAC, or energy-related product e.g. wind turbine, solar PV system. 2,3 25.0 Week 6
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5 50.0 End-of-Semester
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 No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Supplementary Book Resources
  • Environmental Protection Agency 2003, Guidance note on energy efficiency auditing, Environmental Protection Agency Wexford [ISBN: 1840951230]
  • Danish Environmental Protection Agency 2003, An introduction to life-cycle thinking and management, Danish Environmental Protection Agency
  • NSAI 2011, IS EN ISO 50001:2011 Energy management systems - requirements with guidance for use, NSAI
  • SEAI 2009, I.S. EN 16001:2009 Energy management Systems - Technical Guideline, SEAI Dublin
  • SEAI 2009, 09 Energy management Systems - Implementation Guide, SEAI Dublin
  • SEAI 2009, 09 Energy management Systems - Internal Audit Guide, SEAI Dublin
  • Environmental Protection Agency 2002, Guidelines on the information to be contained in environmental impact statements, Environmental Protection Agency Wexford [ISBN: 1840950854]
  • Environmental Protection Agency 2003, Advice note on current practice (in the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Protection Agency Co. Wexford [ISBN: 1840951176]]
  • Irish Wind Energy Association 2012, Best practice guidelines for the Irish wind energy industry, Irish Wind Energy Association
  • Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government 2006, Wind Energy Development Guidelines, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Dublin
  • Dept. of the Environment, Community and Local Government 2013, Guidelines for Planning Authorities and An Bord Plean├íla on carrying out Environmental Impact Assessment, Dept. of the Environment, Community and Local Government Dublin
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources
  • Film: Paramount Classics 2006, An Inconvenient Truth, Paramount Classics
  • Website: Sustainable Energy Authority of IrelandSustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Website: Carbon TrustCarbon Trust
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBENS_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Energy Systems 5 Elective
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 5 Mandatory
CR_SGMPR_7 Bachelor of Science in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology 1 Elective
CR_ESUSE_7 Certificate in Sustainable Energy 2 Mandatory

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