75591 - Renewable Energy Production

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Affordable and clean energy Industry, innovation and infrastructure Responsible consumption and production Climate Action

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course aims at providing the students with the necessary knowledge and tools to assess renewable energy potential; to identify technological challenges of renewable energy for market exploitation and to compare alternative renewable energy systems. Students will be able to acquire know-how on the energy converters and their installation to produce energy from the sea; to develop an environmental impact assessment of these installations; to conceptually design multi-purpose off-shore installation in marine platforms and near-shore installations in harbors; to develop criteria for the selection of the optimal site for a given installation or for the optimal single or multi-purpose installation for a given site.

Course contents

  1. Energy and the environment: seeking sustainability
  2. Established renewable energy systems: wind and hydropower
  3. Established renewable energy systems: solar energy
  4. Conventional energy systems: transition to renewable energy
  5. Energy policy: instruments for change
  6. Regional and global energy policy: comparative policy assessment
  7. Energy supply security: the role of renewable energy
  8. Energy futures: integrated systems


Robert Ehrlich, 2013, “Renewable Energy: A First Course”, CRC Press, ISBN: 978-1439861158

David MacKay, 2008, “Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air”, available to download for free: http://www.withouthotair.com [http://www.withouthotair.com/]

Teaching methods

Standard lectures; flipped classroom; case study

Assessment methods

One individual, "elevator pitch" presentation and executive summary (500 words) on the last day of the module (40% of the mark) plus coursework (60%).

Office hours

See the website of Konstantinos Chalvatzis