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MAR8182 : Offshore Renewable Energy Systems

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Weichao Shi
  • Co-Module Leader: Professor Zhiqiang Hu, Dr Yongchang Pu
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

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

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module aims to:
-       Demonstrate the fundamentals of offshore renewable energy systems focused on fixed and floating offshore
wind turbines.
-       Provide fundamental knowledge of other offshore renewable energy systems including wave energy
converters and tidal energy harvesting systems.
-       Provide knowledge and understanding of mooring systems and the analysis applied to different
configurations, components and equipment.
-       Introduce and develop the concepts of risk and reliability and demonstrate how these concepts relate to
integrity management decisions
-       Demonstrate how hazards are assessed and quantified using industry recognised techniques of FMECA and

Outline Of Syllabus

Offshore renewable energy systems are playing a crucial role in supplying global energy demands. Renewable systems are increasing in size, complexity and are operating in deeper and harsher environments. This module introduces and develops the understanding of fundamental concepts and dynamic performance analysis of offshore renewable energy harvesting systems. This includes knowledge of mooring systems design and analysis methods for offshore floating structures. The module examines several crucial aspects of these systems.

This module also gives a thorough understanding of the risk management of these assets and analysis methods used in design and operation.

The syllabus comprises:
-       Offshore renewable energy system concepts
-       Integrated analysis of offshore wind turbines
-       Static and dynamic analysis methods for mooring systems
-       Risk assessment concepts
-       Hazards and failure modes in offshore systems

The module will be assessed through a written examination.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion164:0064:00Preparation, Revision and Completion of Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture182:0036:00Lectures
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities16:006:00Tutorial based on practical demonstrations
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities122:0022:00Revision and Examination Preparation
Guided Independent StudySkills practice125:0025:00Further reading of the recommended learning material
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity144:0044:00Study and review of learning material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will consist of lectures, tutorials and online resources which provide students with a structured format to assimilate the knowledge content and define the scope of each of the syllabus topics
Exercise and tutorial sessions provide students with the opportunity to gain feedback which enhances their learning which can be further applied in their summative assessment.

The independent study time is essential for students to work through the lecture material, in their own time and at their own pace.
Time is allocated for students to both research and complete the coursework activity.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802M100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The Written Examination allows the students to demonstrate their basic knowledge and understanding of the subject (IKO1-6) as well as to demonstrate their problem-solving skills (ISO1-6) through short subject specific problems, under time constraints. This is similar to time constrained problems found in an industry setting.

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