New and Renewable Energy Technologies

Course code: MEC5075Z

Course convenor: Amos Madhlopa,

Course dates: 2013: The course runs from 12 August- 26 September, with lectures from 9am-4pm three days a week. In 2014, the course will probably run in the first semester.

Course objectives

After successful completion of this course, a student should be able to:

  • Describe the major renewable energy resources.
  • Understand the basic concepts of various technologies for harnessing renewable energy.
  • Apply fundamental principles of renewable energy resource and technology in solving practical problems in the energy sector.

Key elements of the course include the following

  • Engineering science essentials
  • Renewable energy resources
  • Renewable energy policy and financing
  • Solar thermal and photovoltaic technology
  • Wind power
  • Passive and active solar building design
  • Small hydro-electric systems
  • Biofuels
  • Wave and tidal energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Energy storage

Course Assessment

Exam and class assignments