Energy Transition and Renewable Energies

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Energy Transition and Renewable Energies

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    To take this course, the students should have a good university level and should normally have completed at least one semester at university. They must have some ability to work as a group and be able to communicate easily in English at a standard university level. In other respects, the course is intended to serve a mix of profiles and learning backgrounds for a more diverse international learning experience. 

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This course will provide students with fundamentals of energy and an overview of renewable energies and their applications. Topics to be covered will normally include:  

    - Fundamentals of Energy  

    - Energy transition and Renewable Energy Sources  

    - Photovoltaic installation  

    - Solar Thermal Energy Systems  

    - Wind Energy Systems  

    - Biomass and other sources  

    - LCC and LCA of renewable energy sources  


    Learning Outcomes: 

    At the end of the course, the students should be able to:

    - Assess renewable sources potentials.

    - Evaluate the load of a building or a city.

    - Choose the adequate source of energy according to the situation and to the load.

    - Model, simulate, control and correctly connect an assembly of a wind turbine chain or a photovoltaic chain.  

    - Design of a standalone or a grid connected renewable energy system.

    - Being able to tackle the issues related to renewable energy systems.

    - Being able to make the difference between solar thermal energy and solar photovoltaic energy.

    - Being able to make a technological survey and to innovate.  

    - To read and analyze the technical manual of a photovoltaic panel or a wind turbine.

    - To be able to assess the economic and ecologic cost of a renewable energy-based solution

    - Use of simulation tools: HOMER energy. 

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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