Energy from Renewable Resources I (wind, waves, tidal, currents)
Starting from the definition of renewable energy” the course will focus on mechanical energy sources (wind and water). The time variability of the resources will be discussed in conjunction to human consumption habits. Energy transportation networks will be discussed along with the conversion of the mechanical energy of the ocean into electrical energy and transporting it to shore. Elements related to electric generators, transformation systems, protection and safety systems and intelligent control of ocean power plants will be studied. Students will become familiar with the differences between efficiency and capacity factors as well as between installed power and energy production.