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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Renewable Energy Sources


School Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID ENVE 444 Semester 8th
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS

Lectures and Tutorials

T=2, E=1, L=0

Course Type Scientific area
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students Yes
Course URL https// (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

The course is mandatory in order to develop the necessary background for the assessment and design of renewable energy systems.

The subject matter of the course combines knowledge of previous semester courses (thermodynamics, transport phenomena, processes) and enables students to develop further skills and perceptions for the use of clean energy systems technologies.

The course begins with the correlation between environment and energy. Thereafter, the relation of renewable energy sources (solar, photovoltaic, biomass, hydro, wind, geothermal, wave energy) to the power, heat / cooling generation systems. It follows the environmental impact of renewable energy sources and a comparison with conventional energy sources. Emphasis is put on the evaluation, composition and dimensioning of RES applications with examples. Finally, pilot applications from Greece, Europe and internationally are presented.

The aim of the course is to understand students' importance of the environmental, economic and functional evaluation of RES systems, designing and choosing the optimal mix.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • understand the critical characteristics of RES technologies and their principles.
  • know the basic tools and techniques of analysis of RES systems and uses them for the design of energy projects
  • calculate the basics of individual clean energy systems.
  • evaluate the optimal energy solution environmentally
General Competencies/Skills
  • Project design and management
  • Protection of the natural environment


  • Environment and energy
  • Fundamentals of Sustainable Energy Systems and Renewable Sources
  • Solar energy utilization systems - solar thermal systems
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Solar thermal power generation systems
  • Biomass - Biofuels
  • Wind power
  • Small hydroelectric systems
  • Geothermal energy
  • Standard energy applications
  • Environmental impacts from renewable and conventional energy sources
  • Design of RES applications with examples
  • Assessment of energy systems


Lecture Method Direct (face to face)

Use of Information and Communication Technology

  • Specialized software
  • Power point presentations
  • E-class support
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures 26
- Tutorials 13
- Autonomous study 61
Course Total 100

Assessment Method

Student single project (voluntary, 20% bonus)

Written final examination (100%).
- Questions of theoretical knowledge.
- Theoretical problems to be resolved.


Textbooks in Greek (Eudoxus):

Relevant Scientific Journals:

  • Applied Energy; Biofuels;
  • Bioproducts & Biorefining;
  • Biomass & Bioenergy;
  • Desalination and Water Management;
  • Ecological Indicators;
  • Energies;
  • Energy;
  • Energy & Buildings;
  • Energy Conversion and Management;
  • Energy Exploitation and Exploitation;
  • Energy for Sustainable Development;
  • Energy Policy;
  • International Journal of Sustainable Energy;
  • Physics & Chemistry  of the Earth;
  • Renewable Energy;
  • Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews;
  • Science of the Total Environment;
  • Solar Energy;
  • Sustainable Cities & Society



Course Instructor: Professor T. Tsoutsos (Faculty - EnvEng)
Lectures: Professor T. Tsoutsos (Faculty - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises: E. Baradakis (STLS - EnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: