Renewable Energy Masters Module

EE535: Renewable Energy: Systems, Technology & Economics


To introduce students to key concepts in renewable energy technologies. Provide students with the ability to model and cost renewable energy projects. Provide students with an awareness of political and business issues relating to renewable energy

Learning Outcomes

  • Calculate conversion efficiencies of power conversion proceses
  • Critcally assess Wind, Solar, Ocean, Geothermal, Hydro and Bio Energy system performance and design
  • Describe energy storage and electrochemical fuel cells
  • Perform a quantitative analysis of the costs of renewable energy projects
  • Explain the political, legislative, commercial and investment trends and developments in renewable energy technology

DCU Open Day

The Energy & Design lab had several items on display to prospective students on both days of the open day. (20th & 21st November)

The main attraction was the bike which students used to generate power over the two days.

the bike which was connected to an electric motor was used to generate electricity

one of the two hydrogen cards with our illuminated sign in the background

One of the Hydrogen powered cars.

the second hydrogen car along with its electrolyzer unit and remote

The second (less reliable) hydrogen powered car.

two small turbines which are powered by tiny solar cells which allows them to operate indoors

2 small turbines powered by solar cells to allow them to operate indoors.

the bike which was connected to an electric motor was used to generate electricity

The bike was connected up to a leisure battery to store the power generated by the students over the 2 days. The system was connected to a data acquisition unit which displayed the live power generation data in Labview. The students' power output was recorded for a period of 30 seconds after which it was compared to the power consumption of common household items within the same time frame.