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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Energy Auditing and Management
Module Code MM420
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lorna Fitzsimons
Semester 2: Lorna Fitzsimons
Autumn: Lorna Fitzsimons
Module TeacherNo Teacher Assigned
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination
Repeat exam in August

The increasing economic and environmental cost associated with energy use and generation, coupled with inefficient operation of energy intensive systems have led to an increase in demand for skilled, experienced energy auditors and system engineers equipped with backgrounds in energy management. This module aims to provide the energy-specific technical, economic, and managerial skills required to conduct energy audits, compile reports, and provide recommendations for energy efficiency best practice for a range of industrial systems.

Learning Outcomes

1. Using engineering principles (thermodynamics, heat transfer, thermofluids, electrical engineering fundamentals), examine and quantify all of the energy streams in a process and/or system.
2. Understand the scope and principles of energy auditing. Identify and assess on-site instrumentation for energy measurement and benchmarking.
3. Conduct comparative analyses of various systems and apply benchmarking principles for stand-alone energy audits (BER, BS, ISO standards)
4. Apply Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) methodology to energy systems and provide recommendations for best practices in energy management
5. Calculate system efficiencies and assess opportunities for efficiency improvements.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture242 hours per week
Tutorial12One hour per week
Independent Study89Study and assignment preparation
Fieldwork62.5Group project work.
Total Workload: 187.5

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Differentiating by energy source; energy use intensity (EUI); energy end-use distribution; key performance

Process auditing
Introduction to auditing; methodology and phases; process analysis; auditing instrumentation reporting. Best available technologies and process specificities.

Energy in buildings
Heat loss; HVAC systems and heat pumps; lighting.

Electrical power
Three phase power; power measurements; Power factor mitigation; variable frequency drives.

Water purification, distribution and wastewater treatment
Water treatment and distribution from the energy auditing perspective; equipment and instrumentation; benchmarking challenges.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Conduct a building energy audit, calculate relevant metrics and report on findings and recommendations.50%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Thumann, A., & Younger, W. J.: 2008, Handbook of energy audits, The Fairmont Press US, Latest,
  • Hughes and Drury: 2019, Electric Motors and Drives, Newnes,
  • Hughes: 2016, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Pearson,
  • Cengel and Boles: 2018, Thermodynamics: an engineering approach, McGraw-Hill,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
SSETBSc in Mechanical & Sustainability Tech

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