Renewable Energy Challenges and Opportunities


The module is of an interdisciplinary type and will cover the areas of social, managerial, economic, political and technical challenges and opportunities associated with emerging renewable energy innovation, production, supply and consumption.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with :The knowledge of the renewable energy production and consumption and their various implications in our modern society. Delivery of the module will focus on challenges and opportunities created by these various implications.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Appreciate the social managerial challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy.

2.  Understand the economic and political challenges and benefit of renewable energy

3.  Develop an understanding of technological opportunities and innovation challenges of renewable energy by an overview of: Wind, wave,solar, hydro−electric, and bio−based solutions.

Indicative Content

1 Renewable Energy Nontechnical Challenges and Opportunities

i. Social and political challenges and opportunities of renewable energy production supply and consumption. ii. Economic and environmental challenges of renewable energy production supply and consumption. iii. Strategic and managerial challenges of renewable energy production supply and consumption.

2 Renewable Energy Technological challenges and opportunities

iv. Geotechnical, Geophysical and Hydrographic information; Knowledge of sources of hydrographic information and interpretation of published charts. v. Forces on structures; Appreciation of the various forces acting on marine structures. vi.Technical limitations and challenges of energy distribution systems and energy storage. vii.Current technological development trend,collaborative innovation in renewable energy.



Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning on this module will be interactive and learner centred. Students will be encouraged to critically appraise various sources of renewable energy (such as solar, wind, ocean, biomass, geothermal etc.) with a view to evaluating social, economic and technological challenges and opportunities in relation thereto. Lectures will be interactive with students encouraged to contribute their thoughts, whilst tutorials will be largely student led with the tutor there mostly to set the discussion, act as the moderator and keep the discussion on track. With regard to module assessment, module consists of one final Group Presentation weighting 100%. Overall students will be encouraged to think and make critical evaluation of social, managerial and technological viabilities of different kinds of renewable energy projects. In this new and emerging topic, there is enormous scope for such new and innovative ideas. This approach fits in with the current teaching specialisms in the BLS and SAS where Live Business Problems and simulations of various types are often used to develop deeper students’ understanding.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 56
Independent 120

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.