Renewable Energy

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 Renewable Energy programmes are taught at our Penryn Campus near Falmouth and have been tailored to meet the needs of the booming renewable energy sector. Strong links with a wide variety of companies together with our research strengths allow us to offer these programmes with substantial backing from the renewable energy 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.

Our MEng degree is accredited by the Energy Institute as fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) while our Bsc degree is accredited by the Energy Institute as partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng)