Introduction to Renewable Energies: A Focus on Solar Energy

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Renewable Energies: A Focus on Solar Energy

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Bioengineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students should be A scientific BSc 2 or Bachelor in Business Administration 2 background
    is required.
    To take this course, the students must have some ability to work as
    a group and for those whose mother tongue is not English, be able
    to communicate easily in English. The course is based on a mix of
    profiles and backgrounds for a more diverse international learning
    experience, which is why we don’t require students to have taken
    such or such specific course before but participating students must
    have a good general university level (from 2nd year of Bachelor /
    Undergraduate).in Sophmore standing or above in the engineering, the sciences, or business.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Solar Energy:
    -Solar Thermal Power utilization
    Photovoltaic energy:
    - Introduction to the different technologies and uses of solar panels.
    - Building of a small solar vehicle
    o Technical Project Session 1: 3D Printing and Solidworks
    o Technical Project Session 2: Turning and Milling
    o Technical Project Session 3: Introduction to Solar Energy
    o Technical Project Session 4: construction of solar vehicles
    o Technical Project Session 5: construction of solar vehicles
    o Company visit
    o Project presentation and wrap-up 

    Hydroelectric Energy:
    - Momentum analysis of fluid flow: practical introduction to hydroelectricity in the fluid side
    Wind turbine
    - Study of the mechanical system of a wind turbine and its electric generator (wind stress on
    blades and electric alternator)
    - Introduction and group discussion
    - Lab: Hydrodynamics
    Case studies for sustainable energy system in households and large scale buildings (fluid flow,
    energy calculation).

    Learning Outcomes:
    By the end of the course, the students should be able to:
    - name the different types of renewable energies
    - explain the advantages of the various renewable energies and their range of implementation
    in various countries
    - calculate the yield of solar energy on vehicles and in housing,
    - design a model/small object to illustrate the use of solar energy,
    - develop their intercultural skills to work in an international setting by studying on a European
    campus with French and international teachers and classmates 

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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