ELECTRICAL Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems (B.Eng/M.Eng) is a new programme that starts autumn 2008 at the University of Nottingham. While it may be too late to apply for the 2008 diet, this new programme may be worth considering for a 2009 start.
The recent increase in the use of windfarms and other renewable energy sources has highlighted the challenges facing future electrical engineers – interfacing renewable sources to the electricity distribution system, maintaining stability in the presence of many small energy sources and guaranteeing an electrical supply in the presence of intermittent sources such as solar power.
Concentrating on electrical technology, Nottingham says this degree course provides the knowledge and skills required for future power engineers.
In year one, the objective is to gain an understanding of the principles and practices on which electrical engineering is founded.
Year two will see students continue to develop their understanding of electrical engineering. This will prepare them to get to grips with emerging and advanced technologies usually taught by internationally recognised researchers.
In the final years, students will be able to choose from a range of specialist topics, and also undertake an individual research project – which forms a major component of the final year.
The B.Eng degree provides the fundamental concepts for the required course in a three-year period of study.
The M.Eng degree, also an undergraduate degree, requires a further year of advanced studies in the subject area.
For more information, see www.nottingham. ac.uk/eee