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This subject explores the scope and methods for improving energy efficiency across a range of sectors. Improving energy efficiency is one of the key responses to increasingly scarce natural resources and problems caused by pollutants arising from energy production and use. A range of energy supply and usage scenarios will be considered including transport, manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors. Collection of information by auditing and then using this information for planning, demand management and impact assessment will be investigated.
Knowledge gained in this subject will allow graduates to practice in the area of energy efficiency. This subject draws on students’ fundamental understanding of engineering efficiency, as well as their ability to use mathematics and statistics to analyse data to inform innovative solutions. The subject complements other subjects offered in the energy theme of the Department such as Energy for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering.
Areas of study include: potential for improvements in energy efficiency in petrol and diesel vehicles; energy efficiency technologies for the manufacturing, commercial and domestic sectors; demand side management; integrated resource planning; energy auditing; and economic and environmental impacts.
These are applied to the following thematic areas;
- Introduction: fundamentals, energy conversion, supply, distribution and utilisation of energy, Indices, indicators and measurements
- Advanced energy systems
- Energy audits
- Manufacturing sector
- Commercial sector (office & retail)
- Residential sector
- Transport sector
- Life cycle energy analysis
- Developing countries & remote areas
- Energy policy and planning
Intended learning outcomes
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILO)
On completion of this subject the student is expected to:
- Identify the basic issues in energy efficient technologies and their implementation
- Discuss the current possibilities for improving the ratio of energy used per unit of output (energy intensity) in the main sectors of society, i.e. transportation, manufacturing, commercial, domestic, and energy supply industries
- Analyse the social, economic and environmental implications for the adaption of these technologies.
- Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution
- Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large
- Ability to manage information and documentation
- Understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities, and commitment to them
- Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
Last updated: 29 July 2022