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MM3EM1 Energy Efficiency for Sustainability 1
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 3

Target Students:  Students on any degree course who have a basic knowledge of maths and the principles of thermodynamics. Cannot be taken by students on the Mech Eng, Chem Eng or Architectural Env't Eng degree courses. Cannot be taken with MM3EM2. NOTE: Erasmus/Socrates/Visiting students MUST take any relevant exams for this module in Nottingham at the appropriate time with all other students in the cohort.   Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: A very basic understanding of: the thermodynamic properties of materials; the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics and simple chemical equations. Understanding of mathematics and physics to A-level standard.

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  Patterns of energy use in UK and globally; fossil fuel resources. Renewable energy resources and technology and applications in UK. Sources and control of pollution from combustion of fuels. Global warming: causes, impact and mitigation measures. 1st Law of Thermodynamics (NFEE,SFEE); Elementary heat transfer theory: conduction (Fourier's law and simple 1-D conduction), convection (use of correlations) and radiation concepts. 2nd Law of thermodynamics: Entropy, reversibility, efficiency of energy conversion processes and application to practical machines and systems. Application of thermodynamics to heat exchangers for energy recovery. Heating and Cooling in Buildings: - Application of thermodynamics and heat transfer to efficient heating, ventilating and cooling of buildings. Heat and Power Conversion Systems: - Power generation cycles and technologies. Combined heat and power plant systems including economic analysis. Heat pumps and refrigeration systems. Use of exergy analysis to analyse and improve energy systems. Combustion reactions - fuels and products of combustion. Energy analysis of combustion processes. Calculation of combustion efficiency and implications for efficient plant design and operation. Economic analysis of energy saving investments. Energy management techniques: energy auditing, analysis of consumption data, monitoring techniques, targeting techniques for reduced energy consumption, identifying energy saving opportunities. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 13 weeks1 per week3 hours

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 80 1.5 hour exam - must be scheduled at same time and in same place as MM3EM2 
    Coursework 1 20  

    Professor S Pickering

    Education Aims:  This module provides students with an awareness of the use of energy and the environmental impact of its use. It will give students an understanding of the key principles of engineering science that can be used to analyse energy systems and the ability to apply them. It will also provide students with knowledge of the technology and techniques that may be used to make energy systems more sustainable through energy conservation.

    Learning Outcomes:  On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • LO1 understand the current use of energy resources, globally and in the UK, and emerging trends in technology for the use of more sustainable sources of renewable energy.

  • LO2 understand the environmental impact of the use of fossil fuels for the supply of energy and the current and emerging routes to reduce the environmental impact of fossil fuel use.

  • LO3 understand the principles of engineering science that relate to energy use and how to apply these to analyse the performance of energy systems.

  • LO4 critically analyse energy systems and be able to identify and evaluate sources of inefficiency.

  • LO5 understand and select a range of technologies to reduce energy use and be able to evaluate the improved energy performance and cost reductions that can be achieved by applying them.

  • LO6 select and apply techniques that may be employed in the auditing of energy use and the management of energy consumption in an organisation.

    Offering School:  Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

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