Module details for 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 and production.


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.  Discuss the social, economic, political and managerial challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy.

2.  Discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with renewable energy sources and innovation.

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 and Geophysical information. v. Technical limitations and challenges of energy distribution systems and energy storage. An overview of wind, wave, solar, hydro−electric, and bio−based solutions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 6
Tutorial/Seminar 6
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 28
Independent 60
Total 100

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.