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Module

SPG8008 : Renewable Energy: Biomass and Bioenergy

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Paul Bilsborrow
  • Lecturer: Dr Sharon Velasquez Orta, Dr Anh Phan
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
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, implementation 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture151:0015:00Non-synchronous
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00N/A
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module will be delivered by a combination of Synchronous and asynchronous material
The post-school assignment allows students to develop and demonstrate a deeper understanding of a particular technology.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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 REEM programme.

Reading Lists

Timetable