SPG8028 : Renewable Energy: Renewable Heating and Cooling

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


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

This module addresses the technologies covering:
• Solar thermal heating (PV covered in SPG8002);
• Heat and cooling storages;
• Biofuel and biogas production and applications (biomass and waste heat technologies covered in SPG8008);
• Air and ground source heat pump (ground source heat pump also covered in SPG8002);
• Absorption and adsorption refrigeration;
• Renewable heating and cooling applications on district heating, domestic sector, industrial processes and ‘zero carbon’ buildings

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Post-School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion145:0045:00Pre-School Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture43:0012:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching33:009:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to use the Pre-School Study (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 (Intended Knowledge Outcomes 1-3).

The scheduled teaching sessions in the Intensive School week are intended to reinforce and consolidate that initial independent study and to progress students towards the Intended Skills Outcomes 1-2 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M30Pre-School Assignment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Written Examination tests the students 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 (Intended Knowledge Outcomes 1-3). This assessment includes written examination, problem-solving and numeracy skills.

The Pre-School Assignment requires students to demonstrate their abilities to apply their learning to the design focussed Intended Skills Outcomes. In addition to these skills, the Pre School Assignment assesses information Literacy Skills.

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 for the Reflex programme.

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