Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

SPG8008 : Renewable Energy: Biomass and Waste Technology

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The aim of the module is to provide students with a systematic and comprehensive knowledge of the sources of biomass and the range of technologies available for conversion into energy. The module will focus on the opportunities and potential for biomass to contribute to the production of renewable heat, electricity and transport fuel together with the potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The module examines biomass resources and technologies available for conversion to energy. The module looks at technologies for the production of heat, electricity and transport fuel, the economics of production and the potential for reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The potential for reducing costs of the different technologies are considered via research and development, improved efficiencies, implementatino design decisions, etc.

Outline Of Syllabus

Units Content
Biomass resources, policy and potential contribution to EU and UK targets
Biomass and waste technologies
Biomass heat
Gasification
Anaerobic digestion
Biofuel technologies
Environmental performance/issues/integration
Economics/costs

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Post-school assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion17:007:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture72:0014:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading138:0038:00Pre-school study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

REFLEX Modules are delivered by distance learning format whereby pre-school learning material is delivered to students via Blackboard. The Intensive School then builds upon and develops this information using a combination of lectures/seminars, practical demonstrations and visits.
The post-school assignment allows students to develop and demonstrate a deeper understanding of a particular technology.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202M67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M33Post School assignment (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The post-school assignment allows students to develop a deeper understanding of a particular biomass conversion technology. Knowledge and understanding will be assessed via the unseen written examination.

Subject specific, cognitive and communication skills will also be assessed through both the written examination and assignment. The other key skills will not be assessed but students will need to utilise these skills in order to access the self guided material and prepare assignments.

In order to pass the module, students must attain a minimum of 40 in each component of assessment. Failure to reach 40 in each component will result in a module mark no greater than 49. This rule has been introduced as an accreditation requirement on the Reflex or REEM programmes.

Reading Lists

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