Checking date: 31/07/2017

Course: 2018/2019

Renewable Energy in Spain
Study: (84)

Coordinating teacher: USAOLA GARCIA, JULIO

Department assigned to the subject:

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Prior knowledge on renewable energies is not required, but there should be an interest and willingness to acquire knowledge about renewable energy technology, economy and regulation.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
After this course, the student should be able to: - distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources - identify the main renewable energies, including the resources they use, the existing technology as well as their strengths and weaknesses - to estimate the costs and subsidies of energy and in particular of renewable energies - to be able to seek reliable information on energy and in particular on renewable energies. - determine the implementation of renewable energies in Spain, - to know the historical evolution of this implementation, as well as the problems that have arisen in it - to be able to seek updated and reliable information on the regulation of renewables in Spain, their degree of implementation and their cost
Description of contents: programme
- Introduction Energy and development. Sustainability Energy in history. Effects of energy use: pollution and climate change Renewable and non-renewable energy resources. - Renewable energies. Renewable energy technology and its implementation: solar, wind, hydro, biomass. Integration of renewable energies into electrical systems and markets Cost of renewable energy. Subsidies to energy - Development in Spain: lights and shadows. Renewable resources in Spain and implementation of renewable energies in Spain Implementation objectives in Spain and the European Union. Spanish legislation on renewables: historical development and current situation The cost of integrating renewable energies Current situation and debates in Spanish society on renewable energies.
Learning activities and methodology
- Formative activities Theoretical and practical theory classes Team work Individual student work - Teaching method Exhibitions in the teacher's class with support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the bibliography is provided to complement the students' learning. Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. ... raised by the teacher individually or in a group Exposition and discussion in class, under the moderation of the professor of subjects related to the content of the subject, as well as of practical cases. Elaboration of papers and reports individually or in groups.
Assessment System
Basic Bibliography
  • AA.VV. Manual de la energía. Energía y Sociedad.
  • AA.VV.. Encyclopedia of Energy. Elsevier. 2004
  • Ian W H Parry, Dirk Heine, Eliza Lis, Shanjun Li . Getting Energy Prices Right : From Principle to Practice.. International Monetary Fund. 2012
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climatic Change.. Climate Change 2014. Synthesis Report.. IPCC. 2014
  • J.W.Tester et al. . Sustainable Energy. Choosing Among Options. The MIT Press. 2012
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
Additional Bibliography
  • . Spanish and UE regulation and laws.. BOE and others.
Detailed subject contents or complementary information about assessment system of B.T.
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