ETE-26304 Renewable Energy Technologies


Credits 4.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. A ter Heijne
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. A ter Heijne
ir. KD Leeuw
dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
Examiner(s)dr. ir. A ter Heijne

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ETE-10806 Introduction in Environmental Technology

Continuation courses:

ETE3xx06: Environmental Electrochemical Engineering
ETE34306: Energy, water and nutrient cycles in the built environment


Access to energy is a key prerequisite for any industrial society. Fossil fuels are the dominant energy source nowadays, but their use involves a number of problems: enhanced greenhouse effect, air pollution, and resource depletion. Energy savings and the use of renewable energy are directions for achieving an environmentally sustainable industrial society. This course will focus on the use and conversion of renewable energy sources as a key factor in solving environmental problems. Thermodynamics will be used to analyze the necessary energy conversion processes.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyze and calculate the potential of the different renewable energy sources (sun, wind, biomass, water, geothermal);
- describe the working principle of the different renewable energy technologies;
- calculate and analyze energy conversions and their efficiency by identifying losses based on entropy as a carrier of energy;
- make a justified proposal for a renewable energy chain based on thermodynamic analysis and understanding of conversion technologies, with attention to matching supply and demand.


Attending lectures, making assignments and studying literature to acquire knowledge on technologies, distribution, consumption and thermodynamic analysis. This knowledge will be applied in a case study, where an energy self-sufficient house will be analyzed.


The final mark is composed of the results of:
- written exam (weight 70%), passing mark >5.5);
- case study (weight 30%, passing mark >5.5).
Successful partial interim examinations will remain valid for a period of 2 years.


Fuchs, Hans U. (2010). The Dynamics of Heat. 2ND ED. Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 746 P. ISBN-10 1441976035.
Additional hand-outs will be supplied during the course.

Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBScC: Spec. C - Environmental Technology2MO
Restricted Optional for: BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc2MO