Renewable Energy Engineering Masters (MSc)
Facts about Renewable Energy Engineering
|Duration||Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
|Attendance||Delivered in one-week blocks
|Assessment||Coursework, exams, individual project|
||September and January
Choose Kingston's Renewable Energy Engineering MSc
Climate change is a major challenge for the 21st century, requiring an alternative supply of cleaner energy from renewable sources. This course is designed with an engineering focus that deals with applications, combined with the business element; applicable whether you work for a large organisation or a small to medium-size enterprise.
- The programme provides hands-on skills in 3D CAD and solid modelling, FEA and CFD analysis, Polysun and WindPRO simulations using industry-standard software.
- You can undertake a wide range of challenging and interesting sponsored and non-sponsored projects in the specific areas of wind power, solar power, biofuels and fuel-cells-related technologies.
- Excellent career progression and internship with leading renewable companies: around 80% of students who have graduated from this programme have been recruited by the relevant industries as a consultant such as Atkins, Alstom Power, Inditex, Vattenfall, Shell, SGS UK Ltd and many others.
- Completion of this programme would be an ideal progression to PhD level of research studies if you are interested in following an academic or research career in novel areas of renewable energy.
What will you study?
The course provides an in-depth knowledge of renewable energy systems design and development, commercial and technical consultancy and project management within the sustainable engineering environment.
You will gain technical skills in and knowledge of solar power, wind power, biofuel and fuel cell technologies, as well as renewable energy business and management. In addition, you will gain practical skills in up-to-date computer-aided simulation technologies such as Polysun for solar energy applications, WindPRO for wind farm applications and ECLIPSE for biomass applications.
Option modules enable you to specialise in project engineering and management, as well as risk management or engineering design and development. Advanced topics, such as 3D solid modelling, computer-aided product development and simulation, and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and simulation allow you to gain further practical and theoretical knowledge of analytical software tools used in product design.
Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.
Biomass and Fuel Cell Renewable Technology
This broad-based module comprehensively examines:
- biomass and fuel cell technology;
- the principle engineering methodologies for producing biomass ;
- fuel cell energy as a prime source of power;
- the relevant applications for renewable energy generation;
- how the design and manufacturing processes involved may be applied in the development and optimisation of new and innovative renewable energy systems; and
- some of the key issues relating to environmental concern as well as biomass and fuel cell policy.
The module is primarily delivered through formal lectures and practical laboratory sessions, supported by case studies and tutorials, with comprehensive course material available via StudySpace.
Solar Power Engineering
This core module provides a detailed examination of the solar energy conversion process, system design and application. The comprehensive content considers:
- how the principles of solar energy, as a prime source of power, can be utilised in the design, development and manufacture of relevant energy systems and technologies;
- current and future technological requirements; and
- the key issues and influences surrounding solar energy deployment.
Core factual material is primarily delivered through lectures and supported by tutorials, with comprehensive course material available via StudySpace.
Wind Power Engineering
The comprehensive content of this module examines:
- the measurement and assessment of wind resources; together with
- the principles and technology of machines used in the generation of power from the wind, including:
- their aerodynamics;
- the aero-elastic;
- fatigue characteristics of their materials; and
- the operation of ancillary equipment, including gear boxes and electrical machines.
The module also considers the latest developments and technical progress of wind-powered installations and covers all aspects of life-time project management, including:
- planning and public acceptance;
- costing and financial incentives;
- technologies; and
- plant operation, including maintenance and power system integration.
The module is primarily delivered through lectures and practical laboratory sessions, supported by tutorials, with comprehensive course material available via StudySpace.
This project module allows you to choose an area to research relating to a specific industrial problem and recommend a solution; utilising relevant hardware and software technology in order to produce a conference paper, an oral presentation and a substantial dissertation.
On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
- Formulate a research problem, clearly stating the objectives of the proposed research and by developing and expounding a valid hypothesis.
- Carry out a thorough literature search in order to develop a comprehensive and sufficiently deep appreciation of the selected research field.
- Demonstrate the ability to devise a sound methodology to proceed the project in a systematic manner.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply the research results to relevant industries and problems.
- Demonstrate powers of critical analysis consistent with work at a masters level and express hypotheses, analyses and deductions in a clear, concise and objective manner.
Option modules (choose one)
Engineering Projects and Risk Management
This module is designed to equip you with the essential project management techniques so that you can take leadership in initiating and managing new projects in engineering companies. Such projects include new products, new services, setting up international collaborations, establishing supply chains, and to name but a few. Many successful organisations use project management as a core management tool to drive their business forward and to explore new territories.
The module is skill-driven and provides a comprehensive learning platform for you to master not only the theoretical techniques of project management, but also assess their applications through a variety of structured hands-on practical sessions and discussion forums. You will study and analyse reasons of success and failure of real projects through a series of case studies, and will learn how to establish and mitigate potential risks associate with a new project. Project and risk management is a sought-after subject area by industry and this module enhances the your employability potential in a wide spectrum of national and international industrial organisations.
Computational Fluid Dynamics for Engineering Applications
This option module is designed for students in mechanical engineering and allied subject areas to be able to extend existing knowledge and skills of relevant computational techniques and advanced mathematics developed at undergraduate level. Emphasis is placed on the solution to fluids problems in a realistic mechanical engineering context.
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
- Define and analyse simple engineering fluid flow problems using the Navier Stokes equations. Simplify flow problems and solve them.
- Construct appropriate solid models for CFD analysis, set up the solution domain and generate suitable surface and volume grids via meshing tools.
- Understand both flow physics and mathematical properties of governing of Navier Stokes equations and define appropriate boundary conditions.
- Use CFD software to model flow problems of relevance to mechanical engineers. Analyse the results and compare with available data.
Computer-aided Product Development
This option module is structured to develop an in-depth understanding of some of the fundamental CAD/CAM/CAE computing technologies that support the engineering product development process. The module also develops both an understanding of the role of these technologies within product data management (PDM) systems and its role as a key enabler for product lifecycle management (PLM).
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
- Generate complex 3D Solid Models including a variety of component parts and assemblies.
- Develop a good understanding of different assembly techniques and the use of assembly geometry constrained.
- Understand and apply the concepts of FEM/FEA methods to solve engineering design problems.
- Understand and apply appropriate mechanism design techniques to validate product functionality.