Course Price: € 490

This extensive course covers all the fundamental concepts and operation of renewable energy generation systems that may be used in energy transition scenarios to achieve net zero targets. Topics include; introduction to renewable energy, hydro power, wind power (onshore and offshore), solar power (PV and CSP), bio-energy (biomass), alternative transportation energy storage technologies (batteries and hydrogen), geothermal energy, marine energy (tidal and wave) and carbon capture and storage (CCS). This course provides a solid and comprehensive foundation for all those wishing to learn more about renewable energy engineering practices. IChemE accredited course (35 CPD hours).

Who’s it for?

. . . anyone wishing to learn about the concepts and applications of renewable energy engineering.

Course Price

€ 490

Course length

5 days classroom equivalent.

  1. Describe the principles of Energy Transition scenarios, their objectives and impact on electricity generation over the next 30 years
  2. Explain the key concepts of net zero targets, capacity (load) factors and the levelised cost of energy
  3. List the main types and characteristics of renewable energy sources and their advantages and disadvantages
  4. Explain the design, performance and operation of wind turbines and the key issues involved in wind farm development (onshore and offshore)
  5. Describe the principles of the design and operation of solar PV systems and how their performance is affected by solar irradiance and temperature
  6. Identify the key issues involved in energy storage and how developments in batteries and hydrogen technologies can be applied as an alternative energy source for transportation
  7. Describe the concepts and primary techniques involved in carbon capture and storage and the key barriers to implementation

Introduction to Renewable Energy

  • An overview of renewable energy
  • The Energy Transition
  • Net zero targets
  • Capacity (load) factors
  • Levelised cost of energy (LCOE)
  • World energy consumption - by source
  • World energy consumption - by use
  • World electricity generation - by fuel type
  • Renewable energy power generation
  • Global carbon dioxide emissions

Hydro power

  • Introduction, history and global hydro electricity generation
  • Water wheels - horizontal and vertical
  • Water turbines
  • Hydroelectric power generation - operation and power calculations
  • Hydroelectric power generation - advantages and disadvantages

Wind power (onshore and offshore)

  • Wind power - introduction and history
  • Wind electricity power generation - onshore and offshore
  • Wind mills
  • Wind pumps
  • Wind turbines - overview
  • Wind speed profiles
  • Wind turbine power output
  • Wind turbine power output - example calculations
  • Wind turbine operation and power curve
  • Wind turbine annual energy output
  • Wind turbine design and operation
  • Wind turbine performance curves
  • Wind turbine control
  • Onshore wind farm development considerations
  • Offshore wind farm development considerations
  • Wind power generation - advantages and disadvantages

Solar power (PV and CSP)

  • Solar power - introduction and history
  • Solar electricity power generation - PV and thermal (CSP)
  • The Solar Energy resource - introduction
  • The Solar Energy resource - use for PV
  • Solar PV cell - overview
  • Solar PV cell - efficiency improvements
  • Solar PV cell - operation and performance
  • Solar PV panels - overview
  • Solar PV panels - residential systems
  • Solar PV panels - commercial systems
  • Solar PV farm development considerations
  • Solar PV - new technology developments
  • Solar PV power generation - advantages and disadvantages
  • Solar CSP - overview
  • Solar CSP - parabolic trough system
  • Solar CSP - power tower
  • Solar CSP - technology comparison
  • Solar CSP power generation - advantages and disadvantages

Bio-energy (biomass)

  • Bioenergy - introduction and types of biomass
  • Bioenergy - electricity power generation
  • Bioenergy conversion processes
  • Combustion of solid biomass (heat and power)
  • Gasification of biomass (syngas)
  • Anaerobic digestion of solid biomass (biogas)
  • Production of biofuels (bioethanol and biodiesel)

Alternative transportation energy (EV and H2)

  • Alternative transportation energy overview
  • Energy density of fuels - overview
  • Energy density of fuels - examples and applications
  • Energy storage - overview
  • Battery electric vehicles
  • Battery technology overview
  • Hydrogen - introduction
  • Hydrogen - fuel cell operation
  • Hydrogen - use for transportation
  • Hydrogen - technology development
  • Hydrogen - infrastructure development

Geothermal energy

  • Geothermal energy - overview
  • Geothermal energy - electricity power generation
  • Geothermal energy - applications by temperature
  • Geothermal power generation - advantages and disadvantages

Marine energy (tidal and wave)

  • Marine energy - overview
  • Tidal range energy
  • Tidal stream energy
  • Wave energy
  • Marine energy - advantages and disadvantages

Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

  • Carbon capture and storage (CCS) overview
  • Post combustion CO2 capture
  • Direct air capture
  • CO2 transportation and storage options
  • CCS implementation
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      On completion of the final course exam you will receive a certificate of completion of your course. Recognised by major players in the industry across the world, these certificates will help to confirm your training record and your progress within the profession. Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) approved training course.

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      Digital badges are awarded upon the successful completion of a set of skills (micro-credentials) that form a competency set for Production and Reservoir Engineers.

    • Earn credits towards a Masters Degree in Petroleum Production Engineering.

      Upon successful completion of a module (set of courses), a certificate will be issued. This can be used as evidence for requesting module exemption under Robert Gordon University’s Recognition of Certified Prior Learning (RCPL) when applying for entry to the M.Sc. in Petroleum Production Engineering. Please note undertaking these Baobab courses does not guarantee RPCL.

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