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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2013 - 2014

Module Title Physics of Renewable Energy
Module Code PS218
School School of Physical Sciences

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr. Lampros NikolopoulosOffice NumberN140
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Students will be introduced to the concept of energy and the fundamental physics around it through a range of lectures. These demonstrations will also introduce the concepts of energy storage, efficiency, conversion and sustainability. An overview is given of issues surrounding sustainable energy for future generations. In particular, emphasis of the background physics is given of solar cells, wind power and fuel cell technology and their applications as well.

Learning Outcomes

1. understand and work with general energy concepts such as consevation, transfer and efficiency
2. understand and work with the basic thermodynamic laws of nature
3. explore in deeper detail the physics behind the solar, fuel cell and wind energy resources
4. review the current status of the renewable energy technology

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Core Material
Tutorial6Problems solutions
Independent Study72Study, project work, presentation
Total Workload: 108

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

Electric power

Basics of thermodynamics

Essentials of fluid mechanics

Radiation theory

Photovoltaic cells

Fuel cell basics

Wind power systems

Storage and distribution of energy

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • Volker Quaschning: 0, Understanding Renewable Energy Systems,
  • John Twidell and Tony Weir: 0, Renewable Energy Resources,
  • Aldo Vieira da Rosa: 0, Fundamentals of Renewable Energy Processes,
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