MECT08012 2019 Energy Operations & Utilities Management

General Details

Full Title
Energy Operations & Utilities Management
Transcript Title
Energy Operations & Utilities
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Subject Area
MECT - Mechatronics
MECT - Mechatronics
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Tom OCallaghan
Programme Membership
SG_EMTRN_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMECH_K08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EMECH_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering SG_EMTOL_K08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering SG_EROBO_H08 202000 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Robotics and Automation SG_EMECH_H08 202400 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Systems SG_EMTRN_K08 202200 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on) SG_EMTRN_K08 202300 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronic Engineering (Add-on)

This Module includes: Climate Change and associated challenges for sustainability, energy management and standards. Specific topics covered include; Climate Change & Green House Gases, Sustainability and Renewable Energy, Irish Energy Structure, EU/national targets, ISO 50001, SEAI programme in Ireland in terms of Energy Management, Energy Efficiency, , Environment Management /GHG/EPA.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe sustainability challenges from Engineering perspective (GHS, fossil fuel dependency trends, Energy Balance)


Describe key features of energy trading including wholesale and retail tariffs for gas and electricity.


Solve/analyse  using M&V report of monitoring and verification based on IPMVP internal protocol


Develop understanding of new/emerging smart energy technologies - emphasis on smart grids and renewables/EVs.


Understand ISO 50001 and the structured approach to managing energy (Energy MAP approach).


have a strong and soundly technical appreciation of environmental management including role of EPA as statuary body Waste Management/Industrial Emissions Directive licensing from EPA.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

  • Weekly lectures coupled with assignment on energy operations.  

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment includes both final written exam and industry based assignments looking at sustainable energy with emphasis on Renewable, Energy Efficiency technologies and Carbon management/assessment.

Indicative Syllabus

Energy Operations & Utilities Management

  • Management principles of energy/utilities.
  • EU and Ireland targets and performance including Fuel Mix, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (Wind/Hydro/tidal/wave/solar)
  • Energy Balance (Energy Input/Output at national level and by sector/use e.g. transport, thermal, electricity) 
  • Renewable Energy utilisation and developments on onshore/offshore wind industry.
  • Ireland dependency on fossil fuels.
  • M&V standard for monitoring and adjustment/check for independent variable correlation (testing for linear regression )
  • Structured approach to Energy Management including Energy MAP, ISO 50001 Energy Management standard
  • Emerging technologies/Smart Grids.
  • Wholesale Pool trading and understanding industrial gas/electricity tariffs
  • Environmental and Waste management legislation for compliance including EPA Waste Permits/IED licencing for industrial sites.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Assignment Coursework Assessment UNKNOWN 30 % Week 10 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written assessment based on examination Final Exam UNKNOWN 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Theory lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Barney L. Capehart

Guide to Energy Management, Fourth Edition

Fairmont Press


Other Resources

Course Material will be provided for each lecture.

Additional Information

Energy & Utilities Operations are key for Mechatronics Engineers and focus on engineering use but also directly address our professional, societal and ethical responsibilities.