ESC-30040 - Clean Technology
Coordinator: Richard Waller Room: WSF23A Tel: +44 1782 7 33179
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

With almost 75% of the total greenhouse gas emissions relating to the energy sector, the development and rapid adoption of a range of "clean technologies" is central to local, national and global actions to deliver "net zero" carbon emissions and to address the climate crisis. This module explores the key elements of the accelerating "energy transition" away from fossil fuels with a specific focus on: energy efficiency, clean energy generation and storage, electrification and their integration within smart energy systems. This module will also enable participants' to develop and enhance their energy literacy skills, whilst showcasing current skills gaps and highlighting the diverse range of career and research opportunities available in this sector.

This module aims to provide a detailed introduction into the range of clean technologies central to the ongoing energy transition with a focus on clean energy generation and storage, the electrification of key sectors of the economy (e.g. transport) and the integration of these technologies within "smart energy systems". With the energy sector currently contributing c. 75% of global carbon emissions, this module critically evaluates the ability of these technologies to deliver the deep and immediate carbon reductions within both the Global North and the Global South required by the Paris Climate Agreement. The module also aims to enhance participants' energy literacy skills and to showcase current skills gaps and the diverse range of career and research opportunities in the sector.

Intended Learning Outcomes

To describe and explain the generation, flows and uses of energy within energy systems and to communicate using the standard terms and units used within the sector: 1,2
Describe a range of clean technologies central to the energy transition and their integration within smart energy systems: 1
Critically evaluate the ability of a specific clean technology to make a significant contribution to the carbon reduction targets included within net zero action plans and to identify both the potential barriers to its adoption (e.g. economic viability) and the possible negative consequences (e.g. contributions to social inequality): 2
Locate, evaluate and critically review research findings reported within both research and technical literature: 1,2

Study hours

12 x 2 hour teaching sessions (including a poster presentation session) - 24 hours
12 x 2 hour structured engagement with set reading or set listening - 24 hours
Coursework preparation and completion - 78 hours
Independent study - 24 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Report weighted 70%
3000-word report
This report will provide a critical overview of the key elements covered within the module (clean energy generation and storage, electrification and smart energy systems) with respect to either a specific country or to a specific town or region. This will provide students with the flexibility to explore their application to smart energy systems at the local or national scale.

2: Poster Presentation weighted 30%
A3 poster
Students will create a professional poster that provides a critical assessment of the value of a specific clean technology to the energy transition. The posters will be presented in a poster session during the final week where students will have the opportunity to discuss their chosen technologies with their peers. Please note that the posters will be submitted and marked in advance of this session therefore obviating the need for anonymous marking.