Core Courses

Core Courses

The course will equip student with the advanced knowledge of energy access metrics and rural energy market. Students will critically analyse energy chains and conversion technology. The student will evaluate the synergy between energy access and achieving the SDGs and climate change mitigation technologies. Student will develop high-level gender mainstreaming strategies for the deployment of sustainable energy solutions.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Hard skill focus

(i) Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of energy access and rural energy market.

(ii) Analyse energy chains, conversion technologies and demand profiles.

(iii) Evaluate different off-grid energy technology options against the SDGs and climate change/climate protection –  global, Africa and Nigeria.

(iv) Develop high-level gender mainstreaming strategies for mini-grid projects.

Soft skill focus

(i) Critically analyse different energy access metrics for off-grid sector.

(ii) Relate effectively with the rural community to understand the rural energy market.

(iii) Critically review SDGs literature for synergies and trade-offs between energy access and other SDGs.

(iv) Communicate effectively in a team to evaluate the best off-grid energy solution.

(v) Communicate effectively with academic and peer the synergy between rural development and SDG7 using posters.

(vi) Innovatively provide high-level gender mainstreaming strategies for sustainable energy solutions.

(vii) Work in a group to achieve a specific task in the energy access sector and sustainable rural development.


The course will provide the student with the ability to technically describe renewable energy conversion technologies and evaluate the importance of renewable energy in sustainable development. Student will use fundamental engineering principles to analyse off-grid energy solutions. Student will evaluate hybrid energy systems with various energy storage technologies. Student will test and evaluate components of off-grid energy systems using functional standards and codes.

LEARNING OUTCOME

Hard skill focus

(i) Demonstrate the engineering fundamentals of different renewable energy conversion technologies.

(ii) To conduct an energy audit and energy efficiency management.

(iii) Test and evaluate appliances and renewable energy components against standard and codes, and energy efficiency.

(iv) Application of commercial industry software such as HOMER, Hybrid 2 and others to evaluate off-grid applications.

(v) To conduct energy storage options with energy efficiency management.

Soft skill focus

(i) Think critically with team members to evaluate energy solution options through brainstorming.

(ii) Engage effectively with the rural community to identify energy solution options for rural community.

(iii) Write technically and effectively the outcomes of energy solution options and energy efficiency management.

(iv) Present effectively energy solution outcomes to various audience.

(v) Lead a laboratory section to conduct standard evaluation test and energy efficiency.

(vi) Use computer spreadsheet to analysis laboratory data.


This course will provide student with the application of fundamental knowledge of ICT for smart mini-grid development and data management, and research. Student will apply various scientific research approaches to conduct basic and advanced research in the energy access sector. Student will develop appropritate research plan, with established milestones, to independently conduct off-grid energy related research.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Hard skill focus

(i) Apply ICT to gather relevant knowledge to address specific research question. 

(ii) Develop appropriate research plan to independently conduct off-grid energy related researches.                                                                                                                 

(iii) Apply appropriate statistical criteria to evaluate a quantitative study and a qualitative study in the energy access research landscape.                

(iv) Conduct a statistical test of a research hypothesis.

Soft skill focus

(i) Critically and systematically review the generic contribution of ICT to mini-grid research.                                                                        

(ii) Discuss in a group the key roles, challenges and questions in the application of ICT to mini-grid research.

(iii) Effectively use computer tools to implement a research plan.

(iv) Critically analyse and discuss the different research techniques applicable to energy access.

(v) Effectively interpret and communicate the outcomes of data analysis using audio-visual aids.                                                                     

(vi) Present effectively the application of ICT technology in mini-grid data management to a various audience using PowerPoint and other audio-visual aids.


This course will provide the student with indepth understanding of innovation driven entrepreneurship ,with advanced understanding of financial and business models, to create and manage energy enterprises. Student will develop and implement high-level sustainable financial model for offgrid energy market. Student will conduct and evaluate risks associated with a new entrant energy business and demonstrate leadership responsibility to adequately manage energy project and business.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Hard skill focus

(i) Conduct market segmentation for new entrant businesses in the energy access sector.

(ii) Develop a risk management plan for energy solutions and businesses in the rural community.

(iii) Develop high-level sustainable financial models for the off-grid energy market.                                                                                                 

(iv) Develop a credible businesses model for the energy access market.

(v) Develop a human resource management plan for project development, implementation and operation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Soft skill focus

(i) Assess the impact of the business environment on entrepreneurial opportunity identification and exploitation.                                                                    

(ii) Critically apply the theoretical underpinning of entrepreneurship to the process of managing risk in a new off-grid market and supporting their development.                                                                             

(iii) Selection of appropriate techniques and tools for qualitative and quantitative risk analysis and reliability assessment.

(iv) Work in a gender-sensitive group to achieve a specific task in the development of a credible business plan for an off-grid energy market.

(v) Relate effectively with potential female customers about specific off-grid energy solutions to drive the energy access sector.                                                           


The course will provide the student with the capacity to conduct solar resource assess, feasibility study and to design a functional photovoltaic and solar thermal energy systems for off-grid rural community. Student will then apply appropriate Health, Safety and Environment guidelines for the implementation and operation of solar energy projects

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Hard skill focus

(i) Conduct a solar resource assessment for solar energy applications.

(ii) Evaluate the feasibility of solar resource for off-grid energy solutions.

(iii) Apply the engineering basics of solar photovoltaic/thermal energy systems for off-grid energy solutions

(iv) Develop an appropriate functional design of a solar energy conversion technology for the rural application.

(v) H5: Design a Health & Safety Plan for the implementation of a solar project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Soft skill focus

(i) Work in a team to assess solar energy resource for off-grid solar energy application.

(ii) Communicate effectively with diverse energy sector stakeholders.

(iii) Write technically the outcomes of specific tasks for solar energy utilisation.

(iv) Creatively proffer appropriate solar energy schemes for off-grid application.

(v) Use computer tools to achieve specific tasks in the application and implementation of solar energy. 

(vi) Manage a team to achieve specific tasks in the utilisation of solar energy.

(vii) Manage the design phase of solar projects.

(viii) Write technically the outcomes of specific tasks for solar energy utilisation.                                                  


The course will equip student with the general and advanced knowledge to classify hydropower technology. 
Student will conduct resource assessment and feasibility studies of small hydropower systems for mini-grid applications. Student will acquire additional GIS knowledge to select feasible small hydropower site. Student will then design a functional small hydroper system to supply rural community’s energy demand. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Hard skill focus

(i) Apply fundamental knowledge to compare different hydropower technology solutions under different contexts.

(ii) Conduct resource assessment and feasibility studies of small hydropower systems for mini-grid applications (using GIS tools).

(iii) Design small hydropower systems and implementation plan for off-grid rural application.                                                                                       

(iv) Simulate the performance of small hydropower under various load characteristics.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Soft skill focus

(i) Critically analyse different small hydropower system design, installation and maintenance requirements.                                           

(ii) Through critical thinking and working in a group to discuss the effects of hydropower installations.                                                                         

(iii) Group discussion on the technical elements and the risks and issues specific to small-scale hydropower development.

(iv) Use computer tools to achieve specific tasks in the application and implementation of solar energy. 

(v) Discuss effectively with technical stakeholder through site visits to relevant hydropower projects.                                                  


The course will provide the student with the general knowledge of various bioenergy conversion technologies.
Student will have the capacity to conduct feasibility and planning bioenergy resources using GIS for rural community scale application.
Student will then design and implement innovative bioenergy conversion technology for household and community scale applications. Student will acquire the design basis of biomassdriven power generation and biofuel production considering Health, Safety and Environment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Hard skill focus

(i)Conduct feasibility and planning of bioenergy resources for a rural community-scale application.

(ii) Apply the fundamental knowledge and understanding of various bioenergy conversion technologies.

(iii)Design innovative bioenergy conversion technology for household and community scale applications.

(iv) Design a Health & Safety Plan for the implementation of a biomass energy conversion project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Soft skill focus

(i) Effectively communicate with a diverse audience to achieve specific tasks for bioenergy penetration in the off-grid energy access sector.

(ii) Work in a team to achieve specific tasks in bioenergy application in the context of the decentralised application.

(iii) Use computer tools to achieve specific tasks in the application and implementation of bioenergy.

(iv)Write creatively to disseminate information about bioenergy technology to a diverse audience.

(v) Manage a team to achieve a functional design of bioenergy conversion technologies

 

(vi) Think critically and systematically to proffer bioenergy solutions for off-grid applications.                                                  

 

The course will provide the student with a range of computer tools to analyse energy resources, energy demand profiles and energy systems. The student will conduct a life cycle analysis of various energy scenarios and optimise energy systems. The student will then evaluate the environmental impact of various off-grid energy technology options. The student will hybrid viable energy technologies to optimally match supply and demand sides.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Hard skill focus

(i) Apply available energy demand profile to model and simulate off-grid energy solution options.

(ii) Analyse off-grid energy systems using industry computer software.

(iii) Perform life cycle analysis of off-grid energy scenarios using industry software.

(iv) Conduct environmental impact assessment of energy technology options (e.g. OpenCLA).

(v) Conduct techno-economic modelling and optimisation of hybrid energy systems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Soft skill focus

(i) Communicate effectively with potential energy end-users for planning and development of appropriate energy solutions.

(ii) Present outcomes using PowerPoints and multimedia tools; face-to-face and virtual.

(iii) Use LCA software to achieve specific tasks in the hybridisation of energy systems.

(iv) Communicate effectively with policymakers on evidence based sustainable energy development.

(v) Use energy access software to achieve specific tasks in the hybridisation of energy systems.

(vi) Work in a team to achieve specific tasks in energy access in the context of decentralised application.

(vii) Think critically and systematically to proffer hybrid energy solutions for off-grid applications.
                                      

 

The course will provide the students with the advanced understanding and evaluation of various energy policies in Nigeria. Student will apply modelling instruments to appropriately assess energy policy impacts on energy access. Student will apply the understanding of policy and government regulations in the energy access sector to off-grid project development. Student will apply the advanced understanding of political economy of rural livelihood, gender and social inclusion to off-grid energy solutions.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Hard skill focus

(i) Critically review objectives, implementation and effects of existing policies/regulations.

(ii) Create policy briefs for the adoption of clean energy systems in the energy access sector.           

(iii) Apply modelling instruments to appropriately assess energy policies impacts on the energy access sector.

(iv) Apply industry relevant software to evaluate policy outcomes.

Soft skill focus

(i) Think critically on energy policy formulation strategies and instruments.

(ii) Communicate effectively with different stakeholders on which energy regulatory or policy approach suits best, given the national or regional situation.    

(iii) Write technically and effectively on energy policy pathways.

(iv)Actively participate in a group discussion on different approaches to designing an energy regulatory/support mechanism.

(v) Present effective energy policy/regulatory solution outcomes to various audience.                     

 (vi) Effectively use computer modelling tools in policy analysis.

This course will provide the students with project development, project planning, project management, business model (including marketing), financial modelling, critical thinking, team work, communication, technical writing and presentation skills. Student will provide innovative energy solutions in the area of – household use and productive use.

Students will deliver design projects in clean cooking, lighting, irrigation, milling, health services, cooling, drying, e-mobility, agro-processing, etc.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Hard skill focus

(i) Develop a project development strategy for an energy solution

(ii) Conceptualise innovative energy solution system for domestic and productive energy uses.

(iii) Develop high-level financial model for energy solution

(iv) Develop business model and marketing plan for energy solution. 

Soft skill focus

(i) Think critically and systematically to achieve energy solutions.

(ii) Develop a project plan including budget and timeline.

(iii) Write a technical report on assigned specific duties.

(iv) Innovatively solves real-world energy access challenges and problems.

(v) Communicate effectively with academics, entrepreneurs and peers                                            


The course will expose the student to industry organisation and settings. Student will bridge in-class learning theories with the best practice in the energy access sector.
Student will be organisational; will identify problems and provide appropriate solution pathways. Students are also taught how to deal with people’s fears and identify possible negative aspects of the project.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Hard skill focus

(i) Frame and develop scientific research.

(ii) Identify and evaluate energy solution options to match the local political economy livelihood.

(iii) Conduct scientific research to provide near market energy solution.

(iv) Develop a journal and conference paper manuscript.

(v) Develop a commercialisation plan for a near market energy solution.  

Soft skill focus

(i) Think critically and systematically to drive a research question under supervision.

(ii) Write conference and peer review journal paper manuscripts.

(iii) Creatively link research output with market opportunity.

(iv) Communicate effectively with the academic community.

(v) Present outcomes using PowerPoints and multimedia tools; face-to-face and virtual.

(vi) Effectively steer work to achieve goals and meet success criteria at the specified time.


This course will provide the student with the leadership and project management skills to independently conduct scientific research in the energy access sector with special focus on efficient appliances and local assembly. The student will apply critical thinking, research development, commercialisation and entrepreneurship to provide near market research output for mini-grid energy development. Part of the dissertation will run concurrently with the internship course. The student will use technical writing and paper crafting skills to develop a paper manuscript that can be submitted to archival journal or conference proceeding.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Hard skill focus

(i) Frame and develop scientific research.

(ii)Identify and evaluate energy solution options to match the local political economy livelihood.

(iii) Conduct scientific research to provide near market energy solution.

(iv)Develop a journal and conference paper manuscript.

(v) Develop a commercialisation plan for a near market energy solution.  

Soft skill focus

(i) Think critically and systematically to drive a research question under supervision.

(ii)Write conference and peer review journal paper manuscripts.

(iii)Creatively link research output with market opportunity.

(iv) Communicate effectively with the academic community.

(v) Present outcomes using PowerPoints and multimedia tools; face-to-face and virtual.

(vi)Effectively steer work to achieve goals and meet success criteria at the specified time.

 

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