In recent years "Renewable Energy Systems" has been a subject of discussion in relation to research and policy development. This is because, as defined, renewable energy systems hold the promise of new, clean and sustainable sources of energy. This is especially critical as it is well recognised that the traditional fossil fuels which have been propelling our earth will run out, or get too expensive in the near future. Buildings and the built environment is a major consumer of energy in its entire life-cycle. Hence the incorporation of renewable energy systems in new and existing buildings is a major impetus which will help cities overcome their energy and land use pressure in the near future. They too are of great importance in the planning and development of new cities, particularly the "Eco-City".
This module aims to introduce students to this important subject area. As a special topic, it is organised in a hybrid manner of teaching cum research. The small number of lectures aim to provide a framework understanding of the subject matter and the introduction of 3 key technologies in the vast array of renewable energy systems. Each student will undertake his/her research in this subject in group as well as on individual effort. The topic of research will be regorously discussed, examined and executed, and a full report will be submitted for assessment. There shall be no final examination for this module.
The aims are as follows:
a. To introduce students to the subject of renewable energy
b. To develop systemic critical analysis power among students, and to equip them with knowledge to understand the integration and performance needs of renewable energy systems during procurement and implementation.
c. To undertake a research project relating to an important aspect of renewable energy systems' performance, selection, designing, installation and management. Emphasis will also be placed on methodological development, project design and objective framing skills, as well as the management of a project and the preparation and presentation of a formal report.