The Sustainable Energy Systems program provides the graduates the necessary scientific foundations for establishing job positions, which will be created in the coming years in the field of energy planning, energy certification and energy upgrading of buildings. The progressing integration of the European directives into the Cypriot legislation regarding energy and buildings, creates new needs that continually induce the construction market in the search of know-how. The following areas are provided as examples:

  • Energy certification of buildings
  • Energy audits of buildings
  • Energy saving in buildings
  • Integration of renewable energy sources (RES) in the building envelope
  • Energy Renovation of buildings

The program also focuses on the production, transportation and energy management systems at the medium and large scales. The reduction of energy costs by employing renewable energy technologies, as well as the need for cost reductions of the energy have created in the recent years a dynamic liberalization of the electricity market. Furthermore, the impending penetration of the natural gas and the integration of the new fuel in the energy balance of European countries require the necessary expertise and graduate education, which the Frederick University and the Open University Cyprus aspire to provide through this program. Additionally to the aspects of production, transport and management, the program also approaches the thematic of environmental energy engineering, which currently has increased needs and limited expertise in the energy industry. Specifically, the program focuses on the environmental impacts of large energy infrastructure projects, but also the critical aspect of greenhouse gas emissions trading. The structure of the learning objectives is such that ensures both the acquirement of the necessary knowledge of this field, and the application of the testing methods and practices that are followed at the international level.

The objectives of the program are:

  • Tο develop detailed knowledge and critical understanding of the core skills in rational use of energy sources, conventional (oil & gas) and renewable ones, in the power generation field and in the energy management, in the energy design of buildings and in achieving high energy efficiency of new and existing buildings;
  • To obtain an in depth comprehension of the economics of energy, including the security of supply aspects, environmental costs and other externalities;
  • To develop detailed knowledge on the assessment of performance of buildings and power production sites;
  • To develop and use a significant range of principal and specialist skills, techniques and practices;
  • To provide the expertise demanded by the necessity to implement the range of European Directives and national legislative acts in the energy and building sector and in the efficient use of conventional and renewable energy resources;
  • To be able to apply this knowledge directly to complex applications;
  • To plan and execute a significant project of research, investigation or development in a specialist area within the energy sector, demonstrating extensive, detailed and critical understanding;
  • To critically review existing practice and develop original and creative solutions to problems within the energy sector and the domain addressed by the program, in corporating the marketing approach in order to capitalize on the solutions developed;
  • To communicate and work effectively with peers and academic staff in a variety of tasks, demonstrating appropriate levels of autonomy and responsibility.

With the completion of the program the students are expected to:

  • Acquire skills and experiences necessary for engineers who will lead the fields oil & gas extraction, processing, storage and exploitation in efficient and clean power generation technologies, of rational use of energy, of renewable energy systems, of energy design of buildings and of evaluating and improving a building’s energy performance;
  • Become familiar with the content and philosophy of the European and global legislative framework on energy and to understand the processes and factors that lead to its development;
  • Understand the contemporary global, regional and local energy issues and develop systemic, critical and creative thinking about their impact on economic activities;
  • Become familiar with the procedures, instrumentation and analysis needed to enforce pertinent legislation, enhance the issuance of energy-related certification, and better facilitate the environmental labelling procedure and perform feasibility analysis;
  • Be able to use effectively state-of-the-art software tools for energy design of buildings, for dynamic simulation of the building’s performance, for the evaluation of thermal comfort and indoor air quality conditions and for the optimization of sustainable energy systems’ selection and sizing;
  • Become familiar with the processes followed for the development of energy, environmental and sustainability policies;
  • Be able to gather information about the main local and international funding opportunities for improving the energy efficiency of residential, commercial and public buildings and infrastructure;
  • Obtaining the necessary knowledge background so that they can become chartered in the professional chambers and association;
  • Be capable of using research results in education, within their professional environments and in society.
For the successful completion of the Master program, students must follow and successfully pass examinations intwelve (12) compulsory Modules (credited with 5 ECTS per module) and three Capstone Projects (credited 10 ECTS each), one in each semester of study.

Students are required to prepare at least one written assignment in each Module under the supervision and guidance of a tutor and if they gain the necessary grade they become eligible to participate in the final exam. The University’s academic year begins in mid-September and ends in June, with the final written exams at the end of each Semester, i.e. January and May.

The selection of 30 ECTS per semester is equivalent to full-time, whereas the selection of less than 30 ECTS, students are considered as part-time.

Code Name ECTS
SES511 Introduction to Energy Technology Systems 5
SES512 Renewable Energy for the Built Environment 5
SES513 Renewable Energy for Power Generation 5
SES514 Power Generation Technologies 5
SES515 Capstone Project I 10
SES521 Energy Design of Buildings 5
SES522 Energy Audits 5
SES523 Energy Economics 5
SES524 Sustainable Built Environment 5
SES525 Capstone Project II 10
SES611 Energy and Environmental Policies 5
SES612 Environmental Impact Assessment 5
SES613 Energy and Environmental Evaluation Tools 5
SES614 Energy demand management 5
SES615 Capstone Project III 10

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SES511: Introduction to Energy Technology Systems

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge of important applications of energy technology systems and the pertinent methodologies for the analysis energy systems, in order to:

  • Apply energy principles regarding thermodynamics, combustion, emissions, heat transfer and fluid mechanics, as well as describe the application of principles for the analysis of energy systems.
  • Comprehend the types and operation of energy technology systems in industrial and domestic applications, and select and assess the most appropriate technology for specific energy requirements.
  • Obtain the ability to analyse factors influencing performance of energy technology systems, via calculation of thermodynamic data, construction of graphs of thermodynamic cycles and energy balance.
  • Identify and select methodologies for assessment and design of energy technology systems and basic components configuration.

SES512: Renewable Energy for the Built Environment

This module aims to equip the students with all those tools and techniques necessary for:

  • The fundamental knowledge and understanding of the most practically applied renewable energy technologies in buildings for heat production
  • The appreciation of the design considerations associated with renewable energy systems for heat production
  • The design, simulation and optimization of renewable energy systems for heat production

SES513: Renewable Energy for Power Generation

This module aims to equip the students with all those tools and techniques necessary for:

  • The fundamental knowledge and understanding of the most practically applied renewable energy technologies for large scale power generation
  • The appreciation of the design considerations associated with large renewable energy systems for power generation
  • The design, simulation and optimization of large scale renewable energy systems for power generation

SES514: Power Generation Technologies

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the essential tools and techniques to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of power generation technologies
  • Comprehend and describe the key technologies involved in power generation.
  • Specify the requirements for power generation and select the appropriate technology.

Apply methodologies for analysis and design of power plants and basic components.

SES515: Capstone Project I

Capstone project on the green power

  • This module provides the students with the opportunity to apply the whole spectrum of the knowledge they have obtained during the specific module of the MSc course, in an extended project.
  • The subject of the project will be determined with the guidance of the lecturer.
  • The student will be asked, for example, to carry out a conceptual design study e.g. for a novel renewable energy power plant or application.
  • The student will be each week asked to perform a part of the whole case study.

SES521: Energy Design of Buildings

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the building’s design principles and approach so that it can achieve the best possible energy performance, whilst it ensures high indoor environmental quality standards. This includes the integration of architectural design principles, of HVAC systems, if automation and controls, but also of the adaptation of the building to the local climate, topology and operational and habitual conditions. Furthermore, the aspects of energy renovation and rehabilitation are particularly important, as the management of the existing building stock becomes a dominant issue.

SES522: Energy Audits

The aim of this module is to provide an in depth understanding of the theoretical background, the methodological approach and the practical aspects of energy audits. Particular emphasis is being placed on the measurements’ protocols, instrumentation, procedure and practice and the expertise needed in carrying out a complete and integrated energy audit.

The students will be introduced to topics like the theory behind the various parameters measured, the possibilities and limitations of the measurement techniques and the assessment of the results. Finally, they will learn how to utilize the audits as a tool for the determination of a building’s energy performance and indoor environmental quality and a base for the elaboration of energy renovation measures.

SES523: Energy Economics

The aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the theory and the practice of energy economics, the principles of design, the financing and implementation of investments in energy systems. It aims to provide a solid background in the field of sustainable energy systems by understanding the frameworks and mechanisms which govern energy systems and markets. The students will learn the fundamentals of energy systems’ economics and will be able to evaluate alternative modes of energy supply, taking into account the challenges and the constraints of renewable and non-renewable energy systems by appreciating the economic framework within which decisions are made. Emphasis will be placed on issues of developing renewable energy systems in a period of profound and rapid change of national and international energy markets driven by processes of privatisation and liberalization.

SES524: Sustainable Built Environment

The main aim of this module is to provide an in depth understanding of the sustainability applications in the built environment. This interdisciplinary subject will help learners to understand the holistic nature of sustainability in the built environment «from cradle to grave». Particular emphasis is being placed on the technologies and the expertise needed in design, construction, operation, and end of life treatment of the built environment, in order to meet the changing energy, environmental, technological, social, legislative and economic needs of urban populations.

SES525: Capstone Project II

Capstone project on the sustainable built design

  • This module provides the students with the opportunity to apply the whole spectrum of the knowledge they have obtained during the specific module of the MSc course, in an extended project.
  • The subject of the project will be determined with the guidance of the lecturer.
  • The student will be asked, for example, to carry out a conceptual design study e.g. for a new building aiming at Zero Energy Balance (for a given architectural typology).
  • The student will be each week asked to perform a part of the whole case study.

SES611: Energy and Environmental Policies

This module aims to provide to the students with the knowledge of the essential tools and techniques to:

  • understand the fundamentals of energy policies
  • exhibit knowledge and understanding of the way that the energy market is influenced from policies, regulations, legislation, directives and national schemes

SES612: Environmental Impact Assessment

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge of the essential skills and techniques to:

  • Allow you to critically read and evaluate, review and begin to conduct impact assessments to balance and integrate environmental, social and economic needs.
  • Introduce you to European Norms, National Codes and Standards concerning the environment and energy systems.

SES613: Energy and Environmental Evaluation Tools

The main aims of this module are enlisted as follows:

  • Understand the theoretical background behind environmental and energy audits and environmental and energy evaluation of buildings.
  • Understand how environmental audits are integrated approaches (like the ISO 14000 series).
  • Apply the environmental evaluation tools during the design stage of buildings.
  • Carry out environmental audits.
  • Understand how the principles and rules for an internal or external auditing are set, including qualification criteria for the auditors.

SES614: Energy demand management

This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and techniques to:

  • Understand the developing opportunities of the energy sector and
  • Successfully plan, manage, control and evaluate any problems arising from privatization of the energy sector.

SES615: Capstone Project III

Capstone project on the Environmental Evaluation and Certification

  • This module provides the students with the opportunity to apply the whole spectrum of the knowledge they have obtained during the specific module of the MSc course, in an extended project.
  • The subject of the project will be determined with the guidance of the lecturer.
  • The student will be asked, for example, to carry out a conceptual environmental study e.g. the comprehensive environmental assessment of a large project.
  • The student will be each week asked to perform a part of the whole case study.

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