Module Catalogue 2024/25

EPE8208 : Renewable Energy Heating and Cooling

EPE8208 : Renewable Energy Heating and Cooling

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Steven Tay
  • Owning School: NUIS
  • Teaching Location: Singapore

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment

Electrical/Electronic Engineering first degree or other equivalent qualification


Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



To contribute to international renewable heating and cooling initiatives (e.g. the EU Directives on Renewable Heat and on Energy Performance of Buildings) by developing systematic knowledge and understanding of thermal science and technologies relevant to evaluating implementation opportunities and framing design specifications for these.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Solar thermal heating
•       Heat and cooling storages
•       Biofuel and biogas production and applications
•       Air and ground source heat pump
•       Absorption and adsorption refrigeration
•       Renewable heating and cooling applications on district heating, domestic sector, industrial processes and ‘zero carbon’ buildings

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

•       Demonstrate awareness of international (particularly EU and Singapore) renewable heating and cooling initiatives.
•       Demonstrate technical knowledge associating with: Solar thermal, biofuel and biogas, thermal energy storage, heat pump and sorption refrigeration.
•       Design and critically analyse intelligent methodologies for building and process heating and cooling demands.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

•       Specify the application of appropriate technologies in line with international (particularly EU) renewable heating and cooling initiatives.
•       Scope opportunities for technically evaluate proposals and develop design requirements and renewable heating and cooling installations.
•       Implement appropriate renewable energy technologies for heating and cooling purpose using the appropriate methodologies
•       Forming an engineering argument on sustainable development in renewable energy system and associate issues.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Directed reading which includes IEEE papers and web refs.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Drop-In/Surgery
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Revision for exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Complete lab assessment. Preparation for quiz.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:0042:00Personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes.
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
NUS8207Renewable Heating and Cooling
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to use the Guided Independent Learning to assimilate the necessary knowledge content from the applied course materials and their own further reading around the syllabus indicated by these, working at their own pace.

The scheduled teaching sessions are intended to reinforce and consolidate that initial independent study and to progress students towards the Intended Skills Outcomes and will include exposure to relevant technology in an installation or laboratory. Time within that week also allows for independent revision towards the end of week Written Examination.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A6024 hrs Take home exam (to be submitted within 24 hours of being set).
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Renewable Heating and Cooling1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Laboratory Assignment 1500 Words
Written exercise1M20Quiz
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Written Examination tests the student’s ability to work effectively under time constraints as well as giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their systematic knowledge and critical and cognitive skills across the module syllabus. This assessment includes written examination, problem-solving and numeracy skills.

The Assignment requires students to demonstrate their abilities to apply their learning to the design focussed Intended Skills Outcomes. In addition to these skills, the Assignment assesses information Literacy Skills. The quiz involves problem solving and theoretical questions to assess the students’ progress.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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