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MECH7008 - Ocean and Hydro Energy

Title:Ocean and Hydro Energy
Long Title:Ocean and Hydro Energy
Module Code:MECH7008
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: DERMOT O REILLY
Module Description: This module deals with the engineering aspects of ocean and hydro energy, assessment of the energy available and analysis of the technical challenges.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the potential of a site for ocean energy exploitation
LO2 Analyse the potential of a site for hydro energy exploitation
LO3 Assess the marine environmental factors affecting deployment and reliability of an ocean energy device
LO4 Analyse the energy conversion techniques employed in ocean and hydro energy systems
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

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No Co Requisites listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Ocean waves
Wave characteristics, behaviour in deep and shallow water, wave energy, challenges in deployment of devices
Marine environmental factors
Stability, mooring and marine corrosion
Hydro energy
Characteristics and performance of hydro energy systems, site evaluation
Tidal energy
Tidal forces, evaluation of tidal characteristics at sites, environmental impact
Energy Conversion Systems
Evaluation of energy conversion techniques applied in ocean and hydro energy systems
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Group case study - ocean and hydro energy exploitation 1,2,3,4 20.0 Sem End
Short Answer Questions Hydro power 2,4 30.0 Week 12
Short Answer Questions Ocean Energy - Wave mechanics, buoyancy and stability, mooring 1,3,4 50.0 Week 8
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

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 Ocean & Hydro Energy 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Revison of lecture topics 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Michael E. McCormick 2007, Ocean Wave Energy Conversion, Dover Publications, Inc Mineola, New York [ISBN: 13:978-0-486-46245-5]
  • European Small Hydropower Association 2004, Guide on How to Develop a Small Hydropower Plant
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 5 Mandatory
CR_CENVI_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering 5 Elective
CR_EENEN_8 Certificate in Environmental and Energy Engineering 1 Elective
CR_ESUSE_7 Certificate in Sustainable Energy 2 Mandatory

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