Course in Marine Renewable Energy

University Centre of the Westfjords

Program Description

Course in Marine Renewable Energy

University Centre of the Westfjords

(4 ECTS)

Marine environments are increasingly becoming explored for their renewable energy potential. Offshore wind, wave, and tidal energy development are renewable energy options being explored by developer, governments, and communities at global, national, and regional levels. This course provides an overview of the marine renewable energy sector by focusing on the history of marine renewable energy development, environmental effects, marine spatial planning, device technology and transmission issues, finance and risk mitigation, socio-cultural impacts, and stakeholder and community engagement. Students will explore these issues through case studies focusing on the Bay of Fundy (Nova Scotia, Canada) and the Orkney Islands (United Kingdom). The course is grounded in theory and applied learning opportunities that enable students to assess marine renewable energy issues through professional tools and other applied resources.

Goals, aims and teaching objectives:

At the end of the course, students will have gained an:

  • Understanding of the global/regional context driving investment in renewable energy technologies.
  • Understanding of the social, political, cultural, and environmental issues related to marine renewable energy development.
  • Understanding of the scientific and technological issues and challenges related to marine renewable energy development.
  • Understanding of planning frameworks and the role of community and stakeholder engagement in marine renewable energy development.
  • Understanding of the skills and knowledge required in critically assessing a marine renewable energy project.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, cultural, and environmental issues related to marine renewable energy development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Pathways of Effects framework for predicting environmental responses to marine renewable energy development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of processes that support community and stakeholder engagement in marine renewable energy development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the marine renewable energy development process through case study analysis anddevelopment of a marine renewable energy project course exercise.

Assessment

Only assignments of professional quality are acceptable and professional conduct, including active and timely attendance, and out of class group meetings are essential for effective completion of course requirements.

  • Course Participation 15%
  • Severn Estuary Barrage Position Paper 20%
  • Severn Estuary Barrage Debate 15%
  • MRE Development Proposal 30%
  • MRE Proposal Presentation 10%
  • Course Reflection Paper 10%
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated November 26, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
June 2016
Duration
Duration
2 weeks
Full time
Price
Price
40,000 ISK
Information
Deadline
Start date June 2016
Place
Iceland Westfjords
Application deadline Request Info
End date July 1, 2016
Duration 2 weeks
Price 40,000 ISK