Current Practices in Renewable Energy

Université Catholique de Lille

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Current Practices in Renewable Energy

  • Host University

    Université Catholique de Lille

  • Location

    Lille, France

  • Area of Study

    Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Students undertaking this course should normally have successfully completed at least one
    semester at university, or have equivalent experience. 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

  • Contact Hours

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

    This course will provide students with an overview of:
    - Energy: Past, Present, and Future. A brief history of energy consumption
    - Energy and Environment. Impact of CO2
    - Solar Energy, Basics of Solar Energy, PV, Computation and PV panels
    - Solar Thermal Energy
    - Biomass, Biomass Energy, Biomass Boilers
    - Wind resources, Wind Energy, Wind turbines (vertical, horizontal)
    - Environmental Impact
    - Tidal, Wave, Hydrogen
    - Particular focus is put on PV, Wind Energy and Biomass
    - Wrap-up and evaluation 

    Learning Outcomes:
    At the end of the course, the students should be able to:
    - List and generally explain the main sources of energy and their primary applications in the
    - Describe the challenges and problems associated with the use of various energy sources,
    including fossil fuels, with regard to future supply and the environment.
    - Describe/illustrate basic scientific/technological concepts of the main renewable energy
    generation techniques such as solar, biomass, hydro and wind.
    - Successfully propose a technically/economically sound methodology to generate renewable
    energy for underdeveloped countries.
    - Work in a team setting project.
    - Visit renewable energy generation sites in France.
    Lectures, fieldtrips, share of experiences, debate, case-studies, group work.
    All course materials will be supplied in class. References may be made to the following resources:
    - Renewable Energy: Power for a Sustainable Future, edited by GODFREY BOYLE, Oxford Edition
    - Renewable Energy: A First Course, Robert Ehrlich, CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Boca Raton
    London New York
    - Introduction to Renewable Energy (Energy and the Environment) 1st Edition by Vaughn C. Nelson,
    CRC Press
    - RETSCREEN: Natural Resources Canada 

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