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Unit 005 Renewable Energy – Credit Value 15 Level 4 [F/615/1479]

With the increasing concerns regarding climate change arising from increasing carbon dioxide levels and other adverse environmental impacts of industrial processes, there are widespread economic, ethical, legislative and social pressures on engineers to develop technologies and processes that have reduced carbon and environmental impact.

The aim of this unit is to introduce students to renewable energy resources and technologies, including current storage and generation technologies, and explore their advantages and limitations.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to determine the optimum combination of renewable energy technologies and evaluate their efficiencies, describe how to conduct a cost–benefit analysis to determine the most viable option between renewable and conventional energy sources, and consider the relevant political, socio-economic and legal factors that influence the selection of appropriate energy technologies.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explore potential renewable energy resources, including current storage and generation technologies.
  2. Determine the optimum combination and efficiencies of renewable energy technologies for a particular location.
  3. Conduct a cost–benefit analysis to determine the most viable option between renewable and conventional energy sources.
  4. Explain socio-economic, legislative and environmental factors involved in the consideration and selection of other approaches to renewable energy resources and technologies.

Recommended Resources


ANDREWS, J. and JELLEY, N. (2013) Energy Science: Principles, Technologies and Impacts. 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press.
BOTKIN, D. (2010) Powering the Future. Pearson.
BOYLE, G. and Open University (2008) Renewable Energy. 3rd Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
EVERETT, B., BOYLE, G. and PEAKE, S. (2011) Energy systems and sustainability:Power for a Sustainable Future. 2nd Ed. Oxford University Press.
TESTER, J. (2005) Sustainable Energy: Choosing Among Options. London: MIT Press.


Renewable Energy Focus Journal.
The Open Renewable Energy Journal.
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy.
Renewable Energy: An International Journal.

https://www.theguardian.com The Guardian Renewable energy (Articles)
http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/ Energy Saving Trust Renewable energy (General Reference)
http://www.gov.uk/   Gov.UK Department of Energy


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