Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering / Innealtóireacht Fuinnimh Inbhuanaithe agus Comhshaoil

Course Title: Bachelor of Engineering in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering

* 2021 CAO Points 249

Minimum Number of

Subjects

 

5

 

Minimum Grade in

Maths

Five subjects including English

O5/H7

O6/H7

Round one points 2019 - 178

Applications from QQI Level 5 and 6 are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature applicants (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

* 3 year Bachelor Degree Accredited by Engineers Ireland
* No Honours Maths requirement
* Opportunities to study abroad and work in energy sector under the Erasmus Programme for a semester or one year in France, Germany, Austria or Spain.

Climate action and sustainability are at the heart of our everyday lives now and Governments are trying to balance economic growth with protecting the environment, which is leading to exciting new career opportunities in this area.

Sustainable Energy Engineering involves applying the principles of energy conversion and use. This course investigates renewable energy sources, such as wind energy, solar energy and other heat sources. You’ll learn about the design and operation of wind turbines, solar energy panels and other equipment associated with alternative energy. The first two years of the course will introduce you to the fundamental areas of engineering. Modules in mechanical and electrical engineering are included along with specialist energy and traditional energy sources.

In Year 3, you’ll specialise further in transport, efficient energy use and energy design, and do project work. The course will prepare you to work in the energy field by exposing you to the fundamental concepts of energy sources, generation, distribution, consumption and optimisation. You will also study more specialised topics such as green technologies. In addition, you’ll study national and international energy markets and how they relate to energy production, consumption and optimisation. 

If you’re interested in helping create a better world or just interested in the technologies, this course offers you a great opportunity to start a rewarding career in the energy business.

  • Energy Management
  • Renewables Sector
  • Wind, Ocean, Solar Power Production
  • Facilities Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Power plants
 

Semester 1

Critical Skills Development    
This Module will focus, in particular, on the development of critical skills such as research skills, learning skills, the skills of academic writing and referencing, critical thinking, communication and interpersonal skills/teamwork. 

Energy Science 1
This module aims to introduce the student to the fundamentals of physics relevant to the analysis of energy and energy conversion systems.

Traditional Energy Sources
This module aims to equip students with knowledge of the formation, reserves, extraction, processing, and transport to markets of various fuel sources.

Global Environment
The aim of this module is to familiarise the student with the global, regional and national environments. This will include the pressure on the environment from the main sources of pollution

Technical Mathematics 1    
The first aim of Technical Mathematics 1 is a thorough revision and consolidation of key numeracy and algebra skills, including the effective use of a calculator. The second aim of Technical Mathematics 1 is to support other engineering modules in year 1 by covering unit conversion, manipulation of engineering formulae, linear laws, the study of right angled triangles and complex numbers. The third aim of the module is to introduce students to the use of software applications in the presentation and manipulation of engineering data.

Design with Computers 1    
The aim of this module is to equip the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to create, modify and interpret, 2-D basic drawings of structures or buildings in a CAD environment to a recognised standard.


Semester 2

Circuits and Schematics    
The aim of this module is to provide the learner with an understanding of the role of computers as a design tool for electrical and electronic engineering design and to enable them to understand the role of fundamental electronic components and train them in the appropriate use of basic electronic test equipment. The student will be able to create, read and interpret electrical and electronic engineering drawings. The student will also be able to explain the role of resistors, capacitors and diodes in circuits as well as make measurements of circuit values using standard test equipment. The student will be able program and interface a controller with external electrical components.

Energy Science 2
This module aims to develop an appreciation of various types of energy from different sources. The module also equips the students to understand the conversion of energy from one form to another through different means and their effects on the environment.

Renewable Energy
This module aims to equip students with an understanding of the renewable energy technology and its potential to generate a significant portion of Europe’s total energy

Thermal Energy Analysis
This module aims to equip students with the ability to use fundamental thermodynamic concepts to carry out thermodynamic analysis of thermal energy components and systems.

Electrical Fundamentals
The module will familiarise the student with the principles of energy storage and transport in electrical and magnetic circuits. The module will provide the knowledge and skills required to safely build electrical circuits, and to measure and analyse the currents, voltage and power in the circuit.

Technical Mathematics 2    
The first aim of Technical Mathematics 2 is to enable the student to master a broad range of standard mathematical techniques in statistics, algebra, geometry, co-ordinate geometry and trigonometry to a high level of proficiency. This proficiency is required to support engineering subjects and forms the basis for further mathematical study in year 2. The second aim is to deepen the students understanding of key mathematical ideas regarding data presentation and interpretation, engineering functions, and trigonometry in such a way as to support other engineering modules. The third aim is to extend the students use of software applications in the visualisation and processing of engineering data.

 

Semester 3

Environmental Technology    
This module aims to familiarise the student with the sources, test methods and treatment of air, liquid and solid pollutants

IT Network Management
This module aims to equip the student with the skills necessary understand various different network topologies and protocols which are encountered in the industrial environment. The students are also familiarised with hardware elements of a typical network system such as cabling, nodes, sensors, network devices and interfaces

Energy Control Systems 1
This module introduces the measurement and manipulation of process signals. The operation of analogue and digital sensors, and actuators is addressed. Programmable logic controllers are introduced.

Power Generation 
This module aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to carry out an elementary analysis of the performance of large scale thermo-electric power generation plant as used by utilities, industry and large commercial applications.

Electrical Machines 
This module aims to familiarise the student with the operating characteristics of common electrical components and devices. The student will be able to analyse the performance of, and select and specify a range of motors, generators, drives and associated equipment.

Technical Mathematics 3    
The first aim of Technical Mathematics 3 is to develop the students’ competence in a range of mathematical techniques in discrete mathematics, probability as applied to reliability, array handling and basic calculus in such a way as to support other engineering modules. The second aim is to deepen the students understanding of key mathematical ideas regarding number systems, logic, probability, rates of change and matrices as a basis for further mathematical study in semester 4. The third aim is to extend the students use of software applications in the manipulation and processing of engineering data.?

Semester 4

Energy and Environmental Regulations
This module aims to familiarise the student with relevant Environmental and Health and Safety Regulations. The module covers the theory associated with these regulations and then through detailed examination of major industrial accidents, applies this theory to real life incidents.

Energy Control Systems 2
The module provides the tools to analyse and design systems to control process plant and the consumption of energy in various systems.

Renewable Energy Systems
This module aims to equip students to evaluate wind energy systems as alternative sources of energy

Process Heating
Upon completion of this module students will be able to use their knowledge of industrial process heating systems and components to the carry out a thermodynamic analysis of these systems.

Electrical Installation Practice
This module imparts knowledge and skills to enable the student to select and specify the components of a domestic/light industrial electrical installation. The module also looks at power quality with a strong emphasis on the topic of harmonic distortion. Power factor the causes effects and solutions as well as the financial impact it has on both installation costs and ongoing utility charges.

Technical Mathematics 4    
The first aim of Technical Mathematics 4 is to develop the students’ competence in a range of mathematical techniques in probability (as applied to process control), iteration (as applied to numerical integration and the numerical solution of equations) and basic calculus in such a way as to support other engineering modules. The second aim is to deepen the students understanding of key mathematical ideas regarding the application of the normal distribution to engineering problems, sequence and the convergence of a mathematical sequence, basic integration of engineering functions (including indefinite integrals, definite integrals, and numerical integration). The third aim is to extend the students use of software applications in the processing of engineering data (sampling and control) and understanding engineering concepts (numerical integration and limits).

 

Semester 5

Technical Mathematics 5    
This module has two aims: 1. to introduce basic matrix techniques for the formulation and solution of engineering problems. These techniques include the representation of geometric transformations, the power method to find eigenvalues and the solution of systems of differential equations. 2. to use partial differentiation to formulate and solve optimisation problems in several variables and to perform error analysis.

Transport
The aim of this module is to deal with energy consumption attributed to transport. This will include alternative technologies.

Financial Analysis
This module aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out basic accounting and financial analysis and to communicate effectively with accountants

Refrigeration and HVAC
This module aims to familiarize with the student with ventilation, refrigeration and air-conditioning processes and systems. In addition, they will apply their knowledge to the analysis of selected industrial and commercial applications.

Energy Distribution Systems 1
This module imparts knowledge and skills to enable the learner to select and specify the components of an electrical distribution system. The module also introduces modelling and analysis of electrical power transmission systems

Energy Project 1
The aim of this module is to provide students with the experience of taking a planned approach to working through an energy and environmental related problem from start to finish. It is required that the student exhibit skills required to obtain and interpret results comparing them against initial stated specification, aims and objectives.

Semester 6

Technical Mathematics 6    
This module aims to: To support Semester 6 modules by introducing Laplace Transforms and their use in solving linear differential equations. 2. To deepen the students’ knowledge of geometry, by introducing the formulation and solution of 3D problems involving lines and planes in vector notation. To be able to calculate the divergence, gradient and curl and relate these to ideas in geometry and physics. 3. To use an iterative technique in several variables to solve systems of equations numerically and as an introduction to material they may cover in year 4.

Demand Reduction 
This module aims to equip the student with the knowledge and skills to reduce thermal energy demand of the major energy usage systems such as HVAC, steam and compressed air plant, recover energy from thermal systems and evaluate thermal energy demand reduction proposals from thermodynamic and financial perspectives.

Design & Materials
This module aims to equip students with the basic knowledge, understanding and skills required to: Identify barriers to creative thought; Analyse, propose, select and specify solutions to design problems which have relevance to energy and environmental projects. Equip students to calculate the requirements for typical components found in related systems. Provides student with fundamental knowledge in materials. Overview of the relationship between the structure & properties of materials. The student will have a knowledge of materials selection.

Operations & Business Management
This module has three aims: 1. To enable the student to formulate a wide range of problems that can expressed as linear programming problems. 2. To enable the student to solve linear programming problems using a variety of special methods. 3. To develop an understanding of the commercial and managerial aspects of developing new projects

Energy Auditing
This module aims to equip students with the ability to carry out a comprehensive energy audit of an existing energy system and also to develop monitoring and targeting tools.

Energy Project 2
The aim of this module is to provide students with the experience of taking a planned approach to working through an energy and environmental related problem from start to finish. It is required that the student exhibit skills required to obtain and interpret results comparing them against initial stated specification, aims and objectives.

 

The energy course allows you to study developing technology in the energy and renewable sector. The lecturers are both insightful and enthusiastic. They are helpful inside and outside the lecture hall. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering.

On successful completion of Level 7, students may progress to Year 4 Level 8, TU801, B.Eng (Hons) in Sustainable Energy Engineering.

TU Code

TU702

Level

Level 7

Award

Bachelor of Engineering

Duration

3 years

Number of Places

25

Location

Tallaght

Fees

EU Fees

Non-EU Fees