Programs | Courses Offered At University of Energy and Natural Resource, UENR Energy and Environmental Engineering

Programs | Courses Offered At University of Energy and Natural Resource, UENR Energy and Environmental Engineering

PROGRAMMES OFFERED BY THE DEPARTMENT

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  1.     BSc. Renewable Energy Engineering
  2.     BSc. Environmental Engineering
  3.     BSc. Petroleum Engineering

BSc Renewable Energy Engineering

The renewable energy engineering programme provides knowledge in the scientific and engineering foundations and skills for such needs as alternative fuel technology, biomass energy, solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy extraction and utilization, fusion and nuclear energy. Students will be equipped with skills in developing technical solutions, alternative technologies and regulations related to renewable energy as well as mitigating the environmental impacts of energy production and usage.

BSc Environmental Engineering
Environmental Engineering is a multidisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and biological sciences, (including but not limited to ecology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geography) and engineering principles to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems.

Our Environmental Engineering programme focuses on design and technology for improving environmental quality in every aspect. Students will be equipped with skills in developing technical solutions, alternative technologies and regulations related to environmental problems.

BSc Petroleum Engineering
Petroleum Engineering is a specialised engineering discipline which prepares graduates for careers in the oil and gas industries. Its related operations apply physical, mathematical and engineering principles to identify and solve problems associated with exploration, exploitation, drilling, production and all the related economic and management problems associated with the recovery of hydrocarbons and other non-conventional sources of energy from deep beneath the earth’s surface.

The Petroleum Engineering programme at UENR will train students in the following three broad areas: Drilling Engineering, Production Engineering and Reservoir Engineering. Students enrolled in the petroleum engineering programme from first year to third year will have the opportunity to study basic core courses in all the three main areas. In the final year, students will be allowed to select only one section for specialisation that will define the student’s unique area of interest.

ACHIEVEMENTS
The long-term success of becoming a ‘top’ Department largely depends on the success of the faculty, staff and students. This success includes the level of national prominence attained by faculty, their ability to attract quality graduate students, their ability to build research teams and their ability to establish partnerships for research with external agencies including national and international laboratories, industries and companies.

The Department has established strategic collaborations with some key stakeholder organizations including Copenhagen University, Naresuan University, Thailand, Mossrich Energy and Solar Grid. An MOU with Solar Grid has been signed to help build the capacity of the Department in the area of Solar Energy. The CEO of Solar Grid has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of the Department. The Department is in collaboration with DSTC to offer certificate courses for solar design and installation. The first training programme was successfully completed in July 2014. The Department has built a biogas plant for the production of gas for cooking purposes by the University’s cafeteria.

Consultancy work undertaken include:

DFID consultancy work on “Baseline study of riparian communities in the Volta Basin in Ghana”

Consultancy work for EDIFY, an NGO on “Installation of solar PVs in Monrovia and training of EDIFY staff for the maintenance of the system”

Funded research projects carried out include:
Royal Society Africa Capacity Building Project. Phase 1
Capacity Building Project under the Akosombo Kpong Dam Reoperation and Reoptimisation Project

Capacity building for staff has been encouraging. Some faculty have received training in various areas of renewable energy technologies in Israel, China, Thailand, Germany and Ghana. Some of the staff are Visiting Lecturers/Professors at Abdou Moumouni University in Niger and Naresuan University in Thailand.

FUTURE PLANS
We plan to:

Grow into “School of Renewable Energy Technologies” offering various degree programmes in the fields of renewable energy technologies, energy management and energy efficiency among others, whilst the Petroleum Engineering programme is maintained in the School of Engineering under Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.
Widen the scope of job opportunities for our students, by offering double degrees at the undergraduate level. The programmes will be five (5) years and follow three different routes:

i.            Students offer all BSc Electrical Engineering courses in the first three and a half years and then offer particularly solar energy courses in the last one and half years. Students will be awarded BSc Electrical Engineering and BSc Renewable Energy Technologies.

ii.            Students offer all BSc Mechanical Engineering courses in the first three and a half years and then offer particularly bioenergy and wind energy courses in the last one and half years. Students will be awarded BSc Mechanical Engineering and BSc Renewable Energy Technologies.

iii.            Students offer all BSc Chemical Engineering courses in the first three and a half years and then offer particularly bioenergy and fuel cell courses in the last one and half years. Students will be awarded BSc Chemical Engineering and BSc Renewable Energy Technologies.

Increase undergraduate and post-graduate student enrolments and student diversity.
Build nationally and internationally recognized energy and environmental research programmes that make impact.
Establish research units within the Department, secure state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities for research and create Centres of Excellence.
Build international reputation of faculty through increased scholarly publications, excellent achievements and innovations.
Contribute meaningfully to increased security and reliability of energy supply systems, as well as increased access to affordable and modern energy services.
Stimulate smart cities development and ensure economic development and rural transformation for community livelihood empowerment.