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Hydroelectric and Marine Energy Generation

  • Mon 6th - Sat 11th May 2019.
    Course starts at 6pm and ends at 2pm on the last day.
    Course fee including full board accommodation £700, Concessions £625.

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Course details

During this short course you will be joining students on part of CAT’s new degree course Sustainability in Energy Provision and Demand Management.

The main aims of the module are to enable students to:
• Develop a critical appreciation of the technological, wider policy, environmental and social benefits and limitations of onshore, inshore and offshore hydrokinetic power generation, i.e. hydro, tidal range, marine current and wave technologies.
• Analyse the function, resource potential, limitations, maintenance needs, CO2 emissions and other environmental impacts of hydrokinetic power generation.
• Explore the experience to date and potential for marine technologies in the UK and elsewhere, and explore the policy framework that would enable the potential to be delivered.

Main topics of study:
• Technological aspects of hydrokinetic energy generation technologies
• Hydrokinetic resource availability and limitations, environmental impacts of energy conversion and installation.
• Policy and economics issues, planning, social and legislative aspects of energy provision from offshore technologies.

Learning Outcomes for the module:-
At the end of this module, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the energy conversion physics of the featured technologies;
2. Synthesise the benefits and limitations (e.g. intermittency) of hydrokinetic systems
Thinking skills
3. Critically appraise the capabilities and limitations of hydrokinetic technologies;
4. Critically appraise the life cycle analysis (LCA) of hydrokinetic technologies;
5. Analyse the wider impacts on landscape, ecosystems and community benefits of hydrokinetic technologies;
Subject-based practical skills
6. Use numerical data to systematically analyse hydrokinetic energy availability relative to demand profiles and grid connection;
Skills for life and work
7. Communicate effectively (written and oral) to a team, peer or a wider audience.

Teaching/ learning methods/strategies used to enable the achievement of learning outcomes:

The factual content of the module is taught through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, presentations, demonstrations and tutorials, and throughout this process an active exchange of views and opinions is encouraged. Both theoretical and practical aspects are covered. Students have access to Moodle discussion boards and to regular Skype surgeries where they can meet with their peers and a tutor to discuss any academic issue. The summative coursework consists of an academic investigative essay and presentation of this.

There is formative learning element to the module to allow the students to receive critical feedback on their work without the pressure of marked assessment.

For distance learning (DL) students, learning will be supported through Internet-based lectures (of the onsite lectures), situation related practical exercises, seminars and tutorials.

All students also have access to Moodle discussion boards and regular Skype surgeries, where they can meet with their peers and a tutor to discuss any academic issue.

Lectures onsite and through DL highlight key concepts, models and frameworks, and integrate additional resources (such as journal articles). They encourage deep learning through the use of self-assessment questions which encourage students to engage with the topic, to help students understand new topics and skills.

Joining this module as a short course offers networking opportunities and enables you to become part of the wider network of Masters students working in the field of sustainability.

All content of the course is taught through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, presentations and demonstrations, and throughout this process an active exchange of views and opinions is encouraged.

This course is developed and led by highly experienced tutors from CAT’s Graduate School of the Environment.

Reading and resources for the module:

Harvey, A. (2002) Micro-Hydro design manual. ITDG Publishing, London. ISBN: 185331034 * Twidell, J. and Weir, T. (2015) Renewable Energy Resources. 3rd edition. Taylor and Francis, Oxford. (and erratum-download)
Lynn, P.A. (2013) Electricity from Wave and Tide: An Introduction to Marine Energy. Wiley. ISBN: 978-1-118-34091-2 Samadi-Boroujeni, H (Ed.) (2012) Hydropower - Practice and Application. Intech. ISBN 978-953-51-0164-2, 332 pages, Publisher: InTech, DOI: 10.5772/1798 * Liengme, D.,(2007 or 2013) A guide to Microsoft Excel for Scientists and Engineers, Butterworth Heinemann, Oxford.

Further relevant journals, websites and other relevant resources will be provided within reading materials that are made available for the module.

(*) Available as an e-book

Things you need to know

Due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing and steel toe-cap boots are mandatory.

You must be over the age of 18 years when this course starts.

Booking, Fees and Cancellation policy

To book a place on a course, please choose one of the following options:

• Book Online- the “Book online” button is either below, or in the top right corner of the screen and follow the instructions.

• Call the Courses Department on 01654 704 966 with your bank card details.

Please note: a £250 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your place.

The balance of the course fee is due 28 days before the start of the course.

Our course fees include full board accommodation, tuition and materials, unless otherwise stated.

Please also note our Cancellation & Refund Policy
a) The £250 deposit is non-refundable.
b) For courses of 2 days or more when you give us notice that you wish to cancel:
• 28 days or more – refund minus your £250 deposit (if applicable).
• 27 days notice or less – no refund.
c) CAT reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.


Course Fees.

Start Date

Bed & Breakfast the night before the course starts

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