EAS 504: Renewable Energy Sources

Course Title

Renewable Energy Sources

Course Code

EAS 504

Course Type

Track Mandatory



Instructor’s Name

Manuel Blanco, Costas N. Papanicolas, Victor Grigoriev, Kypros Milidonis, Constantinos Taliotis



Lectures / week

1 (3h)

Laboratories / week


Course Purpose and Objectives

Energy systems play a critical role in the economy, but also a leading role in the anthropogenic influence on the environment, climate and Earth ecosystems. An energy transition to an environmentally friendly energy system is urgently needed. Renewable energy sources are expected to play a fundamental role in the new emerging world energy system. This course provides an overview of the science and engineering of renewable energy systems. The topics addressed cover the technical and techno-economic aspects related to the development of these sources with emphasis on wind and solar energy in the regional context of Cyprus. 

The objective of the course is to train the students to use the state of the art bibliography, techniques and tools in renewable energy power generation and to create a common understanding of the technologies involved.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students should possess a good understanding of:

The current state of affair in relation to the current world energy system.

The need for an energy transition to much more environmentally friendly world energy system than the current one.

The role that renewable energy sources should play in the energy transition and in the future world energy system.

The potential of each renewable energy source in Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the World.

The technical and techno-economic considerations involved in the design, optimization, and implementation of commercial renewable energy systems.

The state-of-the-art tools that are publically available to facilitate the preliminary screening and sizing of renewable energy system for a specific application, location and set of boundary conditions, both technical and economic.



Background Requirements

Knowledge of Thermodynamics

Course Content

Review of key concepts regarding Energy

Technical analysis of energy systems

Overview of renewable energy sources.

Concentrating Solar Thermal (CS) technologies.

The energy transition- Mitigation and adaptation to climate change

Frontiers in CST, thermal energy and energy transition

Solar energy project I

Energy Storage

Techno-economic analysis of energy systems

Integration of RES in energy systems

Solar energy project II

Teaching Methodology

Lectures. Seminars. Case studies. Short Projects.


Advanced Engineering Thermodynamics 4th Edition. Adrian Bejan. Wiley 2016. ISBN: 1119052092.

Advances in Renewable Energies and Power Technologies. Volume 1: Solar and Wind Energies. Editor: Imene Yahyaoui. Elsevier, 2018. ISBN 9780128129593.

Advances in Renewable Energies and Power Technologies. Volume 2: Biomass, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Energies, and Smart Grids. Elsevier, 2018, ISBN 9780128131855.

Advances in Concentrating Solar Thermal Research and Technology (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy) 1st Edition. Manuel Blanco (Editor), Lourdes Ramirez Santigosa (Editor). Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-0081005163.

Thermal Design and Optimization 1st Edition. Adrian Bejan, George Tsatsaronis, Michael J. Moran. Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (November 28, 1995). ISBN-13: 978-0471584674.


Coursework, oral presentation, exam