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Course Overview

To provide an understanding of the physical principles, technologies and systems associated with renewable energy generation from wind and marine sources. To provide an understanding of the position of these sources of energy in the current and future global energy requirements and the technical challenges in meeting the future energy demand

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Nina F. Nikora

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Course Description

This course examines the renewable energy industries involving wind and marine (tidal and wave) including resources, physical principles, technologies, environmental considerations and impact, integration into the grid, commercial development, and future challenges facing the industries

The syllabus is the following:

Wind energy: Resources; Physical principles; Offshore wind energy; Wind turbine technologies; Efficiency; Installation and environmental impact; Commercial development

Marine energy I, tidal power: Resources; Physical principles; Tidal power generation technologies;  Environmental considerations; Integration; Current projects and potential projects.

Marine energy II, wave energy: Resources; Physical principles; Wave energy technologies; Environmental impact; Integration.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 30, 32 - 35, 39 - 40

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

(i) Assignment (60%)

(ii) Assignment (40%)


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreate•Communicate in writing to technical experts and the wider public.•Demonstrate advanced reasoning skills.•Present complex information in an intelligible fashion.
ReflectionUnderstand?Renewable energy from wind and marine sources.?Wind energy resources, physical principles, technologies and systems.?Marine energy, including tidal power and wave energy, resources.
ReflectionApply?Discuss and explain the sources of wind and marine energy and the technologies available to fully exploit them.?Understand where wind and marine energy fit in the future energy strategy.
ReflectionEvaluate•Evaluate difference sources of wind and marine energy.•Quantify the energy potential from wind and marine energy resources.

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