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).
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