It has been widely acknowledged that fossil fuels which are the main source of energy for the world today are highly unsustainable and directly related to air pollution, land and water degradation and climate change. To counter this, the use of low-carbon and renewable energy sources is already growing. Renewable energy depends on diverse sources like wind, solar, geothermal, , hydro, and biomass, while the widespread use of nuclear technology has done much to displace fossil fuels. Moreover, this must be associated with applying different techniques to derive better energy efficiency from existing systems and to store the generated energy and/or any captured carbon dioxide in different forms. Storage systems include fuel cells, supercapacitors, and batteries, as well as schemes to prevent CO2 from combustion reaching the atmosphere.
The main aim of this module is to outline the fundamentals and the up-to-date technologies associated mainly with Biomass and Energy storage systems and compare them to more long-established but less sustainable systems. Also sources such as wind, solar, bio-energy, nuclear and hydro energy will be included. As mentioned before an overview of the storage systems that are popularly linked to the renewable energy resources and different types of fuel cells systems, supercapacitors and batteries will be studied.
Evaluation techniques such as Energy Returned over Energy Invested and Carbon Emission Pinch Analysis (CEPA) are used to target efforts in replacing energy generation and for carbon capture and storage (CCS)
Different applications and case studies will be investigated and strength and weakness of each case will be clarified. The cases studies include diverse geographical and economic situations. Discussion regarding common technical and non-technical barriers and issues limiting the wide spread use and dissemination of renewable energy will also be covered. The limits of available technology and of the potential of new and emerging technology will be discussed.
This is an SCQF Level 11 module and upon successful completion, participants will be awarded 20 credits.
Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Paisley campus.
This module will be delivered by Dr Qaisar Abbas.