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SPG8007 : Renewable Energy: Technology for circular and hydrogen economies

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of the module is to provide students with comprehensive and systematic knowledge to support the integration and use of hydrogen and a circular economy in the industrial sector. In particular, the module will focus on the opportunities for using hydrogen, how it is produced and its use in fuel cell technology.

The module provides essential material for the circular and hydrogen economies and how fuel cell technology plays a role, including biological fuel cells. Opportunities for using hydrogen; hydrogen in a circular economy; hydrogen production / generation, storage and distribution of hydrogen as a fuel; future potential methods for generating hydrogen based on renewable energy or fuels.

Outline Of Syllabus

Appropriate physical chemistry: units, thermodynamics, kinetics and basic electrochemistry.
Reactor engineering (Introduction to chemical engineering, material and energy balances, heat transfer separation processes and process design)
Sustainable technologies for a circular economy.
Power sources within a circular economy model
Hydrogen reforming technology
Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen Production
Hydrogen economy
Biological fuel cell, chemical fuel cell and batteries technology fit in a circular economy.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Plan A: Present In Person Plan B: Non-synchronous online sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Preparation of assignment and recording of presentations
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00Independent Study
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion115:0015:00Lecturer feedback on assignment, and student feedback on presentations
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time51:005:00Synchronous online sessions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will engage on guided independent study to cover the foundations on the understanding of technologies for hydrogen production and a circular economy. This will be reinforced in lectures, tutorial, and class exercise sessions. The assignment will provide students with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the use of technologies for a circular economy and hydrogen systems. This knowledge will also be assessed through a created online presentation and feedback provided to other colleagues. There are usually industrial guest speakers that provided the latest update on the development of hydrogen economies.

Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be assessed through both presentations and submitted assignment.

On-going pandemic and public health situation we will revert in person teaching to non-synchronous and synchronous remote sessions.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100Task based case studies and reports.
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Oral PresentationMFlipgrid recording of presentation and feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning that students have acquired during the module is assessed through an assessment and presentation. This helps evaluate their understanding of the module content via theory and practical knowledge.

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