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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0032 New and Renewable Energy Systems

MECH0032 New and Renewable Energy Systems

FHEQ Level:
7 (Undergraduate Yr 4 / MSc)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Alternative Module Code:
This module is offered to Term 1 affiliate students under the code MECH0033
Mathematics to second year undergraduate level to include complex number theory, ordinary differential equations linear, non-linear 1st order and linear 2nd order homogenous with constant coefficients. Applied scientific or engineering undergraduate academic background.

Taught By

Professor Kai Luo (Module Coordinator):
Kai Luo
Dr Chris Nightingale:
Chris Nightingale
Mr Richard Bettany:
Richard Bettany
Professor Giles Thomas:
Giles Thomas

Module Overview

This module aims to help students achieve competency in using analytical methods for understanding the design and behaviour of new and renewable energy systems: design, operational and integration issues.

The module provides technical knowledge in renewable technologies so as to appreciate the design features for different systems on land and at sea.

Topics Covered

  • Current main sources of energy
  • Solar energy
  • Wind energy
  • Hydro, tide and wave energy
  • Geothermal energy
  • Fuel cells
  • Alternative fuels
  • Other renewable energy sources
  • Mechanical energy storage systems
  • UK national grid
  • Connecting energy sources to the grid
  • Marine renewable energy

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the range of renewable and alternative power systems and understand why different designs are used in different power applications and appreciate their technical limits.
  2. Analyse renewable power systems so as to calculate and relate key parameters such as fluid flow, torque, speed, efficiency, and power under steady-state conditions, etc.
  3. Understand the ‘state of the art’ in renewable power systems and appreciate advances in new technologies that will influence future designs.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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