Renewable energy sources

lenvi2007  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Renewable energy sources
5.00 credits
45.0 h + 15.0 h
Background in physics and (bio)chemistry
Dedicated introductory modules are available for ENVI students (self learning)
Dedicated modules are available for EPL/AGRO students (self learning)
Main themes
The course aims at providing the students with a broad, diversified and multidisciplinary background on renewable energy. It gives a global view of the various renewable energy sources and uses, with emphasis on the available resources, conversion technologies, environmental impacts, and socio-economical aspects of their development.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Contribution of the course to the program objectives (N°)
Partim A and B : AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3, AA6.1, AA6.3
Partim B : AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA6.2  
AGRO :  
Partim A and B : AA2.1, AA2.3, AA2.4, AA7.3
Partim B : AA4.1, AA4.2, AA4.3, AA4.4, AA4.5
Specific learning outcomes of the course
Partim A:
  • Utilize the main orders of magnitude and units in the field of renewable energy
  • Master the main physical, chemical, biological, technical and environmental aspects of renewable energy systems and technologies
  • Calculate the preliminary sizing of renewable energy technologies
  • Compare the conversion technologies from different perspectives (technical, energy, and environmental)
Critique scientific documents on renewable energy related topics.
Partim B :
  • Select the right conversion technologies for an application considering technical, environmental and economic aspects
  • Model the components of renewable technologies towards their simulation and optimization
  • Design (optimize) a renewable energy system for a specific application 
Part A - Introduction to renewable energy
General introduction (energy outlook, energy efficiency, place of renewable energy) (2h)
Solar energy (solar resource characterization, photovoltaic effect, PV panels, Converters, etc.) (8h)
Wind energy (mechanical aspects, Betz law, BEM, electrical aspects) (4h)
Hydro power (types of turbines, efficiency, fluid aspects) (2h)
Biomass (solar to biomass conversion, biomass composition, thermochemical conversion, biological conversion) (4h)
Energy storage (electrical, mechanical, thermal) (3h)
Partim B - Advanced topics in renewable energy
Concentrated solar Power CSP / solar drying (6h-6h) 
Design and control of wind turbines (4h-4h)
Design of a small hydraulic turbine (3h-3h)
Mass and energy balance of biomass conversion routes (4h-4h)
Design of an energy storage unit (4h-4h)
Teaching methods
  • Formal lectures
  • Seminar by experts
  • Reading of scientific papers 
  • Problem based learning (Part B)
Evaluation methods
Written examination (Parts A&B) + continuous assessment (Part B)
The problem-based learning and related continuous assessment (Part B) are organized only once during the quadrimester and academic year. The marks obtained for the continuous assessment on the problem based learning are final, and will be associated with all exam sessions. The exam on Part B can include questions on topics that were covered in the continuous assessment during the quadrimester.
The final mark is determined as the weighted arithmetic average of the various assessments: exam Part A, exam Part B and continuous assessment.
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