Spring 2013

Spring 2013 Renewable Energy Courses (RE)

Course (4 credits)

1. Introduction: Energy, Climate Change and Global Sustainability

  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate Change
  • Role of Energy
  • General Introduction to Energy
  • Role of Renewable Energy
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Renewable Energy Systems

2. Energy Resources Classification, Potential and Characteristics

  • Classification of Energy Resources
  • Reserves and Potential of Fossil and RE
  • Types of Renewable Energy
  • Characteristics of Fossil and Renewable Energy Resources

3. Energy Demand and Supply

  • Energy Units and Conversion Factor
  • Primary, Secondary, Final and Useful Energy
  • Global and National Energy Demand and Supply
  • Energy Balance in the National Context
  • Energy Planning and Forecasting
  • Rural and Urban Energy

4. Small Hydropower

  • Introduction and Operating Principle
  • Potential/ Resource Assessment
  • System Components
  • Basic Turbine Classifications
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future Prospects, Constraints and Trends

5. Solar Energy- PV, Solar Thermal Technology, Solar Energy and Low Energy Architectures

  • Introduction and Operating Principle
  • Potential/ Resource Assessment
  • System Components
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future Prospects, Constraints and Trends

6. Geothermal Energy

  • Introduction and Operating Principle
  • Geothermal Resource Potentials
  • System Components
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future Prospects, Constraints and Trends

7. Bioenergy

  • Introduction
  • Types of Bio-resources
  • Potential
  • Characteristic of Bio-resources
  • Technology and Applications (Thermal, Chemical and Biochemical Conversion)

8. Wind Energy

  • Introduction and Operating Principle
  • Resource Potential
  • Types of Wind Turbines
  • System Components
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future Prospects, Constraints and Trends

9. Marine Energy Systems

  • Introduction to Marine Energy Systems - Tidal, Wave. OTEC, Marine Current
  • Potential
  • Operating Principles
  • System Components
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Future Trends and Constraints

10. Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy System

  • Introduction and Operating Principle
  • Types of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Production Systems
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future prospects, Constraints and Trends

11. Energy Storage Systems

  • Introduction
  • Types of Energy Storage Systems-Chemical, Mechanical, Pumped Storage, Container, Thermal
  • System Components
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future Prospects, Constraints and Trends

12. Renewable Hybrid Systems

  • Introduction and Operating Principle
  • Types of RE Hybrid Systems
  • System Components
  • Basic Performance and Cost
  • Applications and Case Studies
  • Future Prospects, Constraints and Trends

13. Energy Economics and Policies

  • Energy Policies Development and Trends
  • Subsidies, Incentives and Taxes
  • Policies for Renewable Energy Promotion
  • Climate Mitigation Policies and Renewable Energy
  • Externalities
  • Lifecycle Cost of Renewable Energy
  • Economic Decision Making of Energy Project

14. Renewable Energy and Environment

  • Greenhouse Gas Emission and Impacts
  • GHG Mitigation through Renewable Energy
  • Local Pollutants Mitigation Through Renewable Energy
  • Health Benefits of Renewable Energy

15. Renewable Energy and Society

  • Awareness on Renewable Energy and its Impact on Society
  • Public Participation in Developing and Managing Renewable Energy Projects
  • Low Carbon Society

16. Energy Security and Politics

  • Transition of Energy System and Geopolitics of Energy
  • Definition of Energy Security
  • Importance of Energy Security
  • Indicators of Energy Security
  • Renewable Energy in Energy Security

17. Renewable Energy Market and Commercialization

  • Status of Renewable Energy Market
  • Future of Renewable Energy Market
  • Commercialization Aspect of Renewable Energy
  • CDM and Micro Credit
  • Community Based Renewable Energy System
  • Economic and Financial Aspect of Smart

18. Renewable Energy Project Planning and Development

  • Demand and Resource Identification
  • Technology Choices and Optimization
  • Financial Issues and Risk
  • Project Plan
  • Tools for RE Project Assessment and Optimization

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