Short Title:Renewable Energy
Full Title:Renewable Energy 1
Module Code:REEN H1001
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Electricity and energy
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Author:KEN MOLONEY
Module Description:This module aims to equip students with an understanding of the renewable energy technology and its potential to generate a significant portion of Europe’s total energy
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the technology associated with the production of power from current renewable energy sources.
LO2 Disseminate the geographical location of potential renewable energy sources in a European context.
LO3 Describe various emerging renewable technologies
LO4 Explain any problems associated with the production of electricity from a heath, safety and environmental perspective.
LO5 Disseminate the advantages and disadvantages and the associated economics of using renewable fuel sources.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Hydro power technology introduction
Location of large scale generation facilities, small scale hydro and micro generation potential. Economics associated with hydro power.
Solar power technology introduction
Location of large scale facilities, domestic systems, solar power economics.
Wind power technology
Wind characteristics, atmospheric boundary layer, wind statistics, energy in the wind, conversion of wind energy, location of large generation farms, wind maps, wind energy status and prospects, potential location for future wind farms in Europe. Wind energy economics.
Biomass technology introduction
Biomass potential, economics
Geothermal technology introduction
Geothermal maps, large and small scale, economics, future potential.
Emerging technologies
Wave power, tidal power, future potential
Renewable Energy in Business & Industry, renewable energy policy
Introduction, economics of producing electricity from fossil fuels and renewable sources, advantages and disadvantages from a global perspective.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Hydro Quiz 1,2 10.00 Week 3
Laboratory Renewable Energy Technology Pressure 3,4 10.00 Week 3
Continuous Assessment Wind fundamentals Quiz 2,3 10.00 Week 5
Laboratory Renewable Energy Technology 3,4,5 10.00 Week 6
Multiple Choice Questions Solar Quiz 2,3,4 10.00 Week 8
Multiple Choice Questions Wave and tidal Quiz 3,4,5 10.00 Week 8
Continuous Assessment Essay on Related topic 1,2,3,4 10.00 Week 9
Continuous Assessment Case study on related topic 2,3,4,5 20.00 Week 11
Multiple Choice Questions Biofuel and Geothermal Quiz 3,4,5 10.00 Week 12
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.
Reassessment Description
If a Student attains an F in this subject they must resit the module in the next year

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class work 3.50 Every Week 3.50
Laboratories Renewable Technology Laboratory 2.00 Every Month 0.50
Independent Learning Time Outside of Class 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Edited by Godfrey Boyle 2004, Renewable energy, 2nd Ed., Oxford University Press UK [ISBN: 978-0199261789]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Edited by Roland Wengenmayr and Thomas Bührke 2008, Renewable Energy: Sustainable Energy Concepts for the Future, 1st Ed., Wiley-VCH Weinheim [ISBN: 978-3527408047]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_EAEEE_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 2 Mandatory
TA_EAEEE_D Bachelor of Engineering in Energy and Environmental Engineering 2 Mandatory