Renewable Energy Sources-Environmental Impacts

Course Information
TitleΑνανεώσιμες πηγές ενέργειας - Περιβαλλοντικές επιπτώσεις / Renewable Energy Sources-Environmental Impacts
SchoolCivil Engineering
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID600016752

Programme of Study: PMS PPVA 2018-2023

Registered students: 20
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses216

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Evaluation of possibilities to use renewable energy sources (RES). Assesment of the environmental impact of the use of energy sources. Comparative evaluation of RES sources. Strategic environmental impact assessment of RES siting.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Energy resources. The intimate relationship of energy and water resources. Impact of consumerism upon management of natural resources. The evolution of energy consumption and the qualitative and quantitative energy problem. Holistic evaluation of the impact of energy consumption. Conventional energy sources (coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy). Environmental impact. Hydroelectric energy. Environmental impact. Introduction to renewable and soft energy sources (RES). Advantages and disadvantages. Cost. Energy amortization. Centralized and decentralized energy production. The notion of optimization and its application to energy systems. Solar energy: Solar collectors. Passive heating and cooling. Photovoltaics. Solar thermal. Solar stills. Solar ponds. Solar furnaces. Solar cookers. Environmental impact. Geothermal energy: High and low geothermal energy resources. Exploitation systems. Environmental impact. Offshore wind and wave energy: Current status, Trends, Challenges, Offshore wind technologies (basic components, support structures: types and selection criteria), Wave energy technologies (types of wave energy converters, working principles), Levelized cost of energy, Environmental impacts, Combined system for co-exploitation of offshore wind and wave energy (advantages). Small hydro. Biomass: Sources and uses. Environmental impact. hydro vortex energy Specific framework for spatial planning and sustainable development for renewable energy sources (RES)– Siting criteria and rules (wind, solar, hydropower, biomass, geothermal). RES siting criteria (environmental, economic, social, technical) – RES siting methodologies (multicriteria analysis) – Case studies. Strategic environmental impact assessment of RES siting.
Renewable energy sources, Solar energy, Geothermal energy, Wind energy, Wave energy, Biomass, Small Hydro, RES siting, Strategic environmental impact assessment
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment75
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities5
Written assigments30
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
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