Module Title:Sustainable Energy
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 1 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Module will be delivered through lectures, tutorials, and case studies. Students undertake a number of energy based projects including an energy audit of a commercial operation.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to exercise judgement in appraisal of projects and operations; with specific emphasis on energy management and conservation
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Analyse the theory and principles behind the current new energy efficient technologies, and the emerging SMART technologies the the potential opportunities that may develop.
LO2 Evaluate facilities for potential energy savings projects.
LO3 Understand the current and future implications of Emission Trading System, Carbon Trading, Green House Gas (GHG) permits, Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) Licensing and legislative requirements on projects and industry.
LO4 Carry out energy audits of industrial & commercial facilities and produce professional reports with recommendations.
LO5 Develop a structured approach to Energy Management: EN 50001(IS 393) S.E.A.I. E MAP process
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
New Green Energy Technologies
Biomass, production systems, sustainability and energy conversion. Wind Power, evaluation of site-wind energy potential, wind farm planning, and layouts. Selection of turbines, Gate connection and control type. Biofuels Fuel Cell technology. Gasification, and waste to energy hierarchy. Marine Current Turbines (MCT) design and development.
Environmental Impacts and Awareness
Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) Licensing GHG, Emission Trading Systems Legislative requirements for NOx, SOx, particulate emissions, Paris COP implications. Internalities associated with compliance with emission limit values using ‘end-of-pipe Primary and secondary control measures.
Project Evaluation
Micro CHP (combined heat and power) units into commercial applications. Biomass project for a commercial facility ESCO (Energy Service Company) and energy supply contracts. Calculations, Primary Energy Sayings (PES), Carbon footprint, CO2 savings. Energy Map: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (S.E.A.I.) Grant applications and project viability
Industrial Energy Auditing
Electrical load profile analysis and opportunity for cost reduction from tariff structure. Reviewing Max Demand ,M.I.C. Motive Power HVAC systems, operation and control Compressed air systems analysis and evaluation Lighting and control systems MMP Maintenance Management Policies
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination70.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Students will be expected to sit a number of individual written assessments throughout the academic year, typically at the conclusion of one or more learning outcomes 1,2,3,5 10.00 n/a
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will produce a number of reports/projects throughout the academic year and will produce written reports describing each one. Typical projects are: 1- Micro CHP (Combined Heat and Power) Project 2- Energy Audit Commercial operation: - Report 3- Feasibility study into the development of an on-shore wind farm - Report 1,2,3,4,5 20.00 Sem 1 End
No Practical
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 1,2,3,5 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 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 6.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 7 Mandatory