Module Title:Energy Technology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered using lectures and tutorials incorporating a mixture of presentations, example exercises, question-and-answer sessions, group discussions and online resources. Laboratory classes will be delivered to students working in groups to obtain experimental data with subsequent individual reporting & assessment.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is: 1. To give students a broad understanding of the advantages and challenges of sustainable energy systems; 2. To introduce the fundamental concepts of fluid systems and the behaviour of the working fluids involved.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Offer an informed opinion on the different methods of achieving sustainability of future energy needs and the challenges inherent in such a policy.
LO2 Solve basic problems relating to fluid statics;
LO3 Solve basic problems relating to fluid dynamics;
LO4 Solve basic problems relating to the gas laws
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
o Fundamental units. o Derived units
Fluid Statics
o Definition of a fluid. o Density, relative density. o Force, definition of pressure. Hydraulic jack. o Measurement of pressure – upright, inverted and inclined U-tube manometers, Bourdon pressure gauge. o Archimedes’ principle. Measurement of density. o Measurement of temperature – liquid in glass thermometers, bimetallic strips, thermocouples
Fluid Dynamics
o Continuity Equation. o Bernoulli’s equation. o Measurement of volume flow rate – venturi meter, orifice plate, turbine meter, rotameter.
o Work, heat, energy. o Thermodynamic properties, state of a gas, o The gas laws
Sustainable Energy
o Energy Sources, Use and Policy o Wind Energy o Wood Pellet and Chip o Solar Thermal o Biofuels and transport Fuels o Geothermal and Heat pumps o Solar PV and Fuel Cells o Hydroelectricity o Domestic Energy Ratings BER/DEAP/EPBD
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other This will be assessed through class tests, essays and oral presentations 1,2,3,4 20.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Students will carry out a number of laboratory experiments throughout the academic year and will produce written reports. Students will be assigned to groups for the execution of the laboratory practical work but reports must be submitted on an individual basis. The following laboratory practical work will be completed: • Density of solids • Archimedes principle • Pressure bench • Flowmeters • Centrifugal Pump • Boyle’s Law 2,3,4 10.00 Sem 2 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam A final written examination will assess the extent to which the student has achieved the module learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 70.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 1.00
Laboratory Every Week 0.50
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 1.50
Total Hours 3.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Mandatory