Current Practices in Renewable Energy
Université Catholique de Lille
Area of Study
Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Sustainability
Taught In English
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.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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
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.EDUCATIONAL METHODS
Lectures, fieldtrips, share of experiences, debate, case-studies, group work.RESOURCES
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,
- RETSCREEN: Natural Resources Canada
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