Sustainable Energy Resources

Code UE : US412W

  • Cours + travaux pratiques
  • 10 crédits


Marie-Laure MAHAUT

Public, conditions d’accès et prérequis

- Avoir validé la 1e année de Bachelor Océanographe-Prospecteur


Objectifs pédagogiques

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the physical principles underpinning the utilisation of renewable energy technology.
The module will also provide students with an understanding of the methods of resource assessment and the implications of the type and magnitude of the resource on the utilisation of renewable energy technology.

Compétences visées

  • Understand the scientific and technical principles that underpin sustainable energy systems.
  • Recognise and critically appraise the potential in the UK of sustainable energy with reference to resource availability and utilisation.


This module will introduce students to the physical principles of renewable energy technologies. This will include the following concepts:
Work, energy, and power. Forces and Momentum. Angular motion. Conservation of energy and energy balance models (Bernoulli). Fluid mechanics, flow in channels and pipes, laminar and turbulent flow. The basis of lift. Heat transfer (convection, conduction and radiation), the vapour refrigeration cycle. The physics of light. Optics, transmittance, absorption, reflection. The basics of semiconductor physics for photovoltaics.
These will be delivered within in the context of the technology that they apply to. For example, power, torque and angular velocity can be explored in the context of wind and tidal stream turbines.
The module will also include conversion routes for biomass. Including: anaerobic digestion, fermentation, transesterification, pyrolysis, and combustion.
The module will provide students with an understanding of the nature, location and magnitude of the key renewable resources with a focus on the UK. Resource assessment techniques, such as 'measure – correlate – predict' will be introduced alongside
statistical methods of resource description to enable energy yield calculations to be carried out. For example in the case of wind energy, the Weibull distribution and wind roses will be explained and utilised. For wave energy, scatter diagrams of significant wave height and zero up crossing period will be explained and utilised. The predictability and intermittent nature of the
resources will be explained and the implications of the character of the resource on their utilisation made clear.
The use of software such as Openwind and ZephyrTools will be utilised to explore wind energy. PVSyst and T*Sol likewise for solar energy.

Modalité d'évaluation

Assessment Criteria
Written Examination


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