Renewable Energy Engineering

Specialising in energy engineering with a focus on clean and renewable energy technologies for over a decade, our programmes are well established in providing graduate engineers to the sector. They offer excellent vocational training in the areas of renewable and clean energy, but with each programme tailored to your strengths and with a clear progression towards employability outcomes for each. The BEng/MEng is tailored to students who want to focus on an engineering career, while the BSc programme has a broader remit towards consultancy or policy opportunities.

Renewable energy is produced from sources that are replenished as they are used, such as the wind, water flowing in streams, rivers and seas, the sun and sustainably grown crops. In order to harness these sources and reduce our dependency on finite reserves of oil, coal and gas, renewable energy professionals need to understand the scientific principles of renewable energy technology and have the management skills to ensure that UK and international carbon emission reduction targets are met. They must also understand the effect of human activities on the environment and the socio-economic and business issues influencing delivery of the technology.

Our clean energy engineering programmes, taught at our Penryn Campus near Falmouth, combine energy generation from renewable sources with aspects of dynamic energy management systems, ICT, smart energy technologies and energy storage solutions. They are engineering focused to meet the needs of the clean energy sector, whilst providing necessary business managerial skills. Links with a wide variety of companies, together with our research strengths, allow us to offer these programmes with substantial backing from the industry.

Local commercial renewables developments are plentiful – recent developments include new wind farms, repowered and scaled-up older wind farms, the UK’s first solar PV farms and a world-leading wave energy development. These, together with field trips, including a week long international trip and a 2-3 month work placement, provide a practical context that complements the taught material.

The University of Exeter has an excellent reputation and is highly regarded amongst employers. The renewable energy programme at the Penryn Campus was the first in the UK and has great ties with industry. The high employability rate of the renewable energy programme, combined with the importance of renewable energy globally was also important to me when choosing the course.

Daniel Sinclair, BSc Renewable Energy, Penryn Campus

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