Low Carbon Power Technology - Micro-credential

24 weeks
5 Places


This course qualifies for a 80% subsidy under the HCI Fees Subsidy. Please refer to the fees section for details and eligibility criteria.

Who is this Micro-credential for?  

• This micro-credential targets relevant professionals interested in sustainable power generation technologies across industry and the public sector, including Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Planners, Energy/Sustainability Consultants, Small Medium Enterprises.

Why should I take this Micro-credential? 

• Our modern society is highly dependent upon electricity for communications, computing, manufacture, transport, homes and services. Electricity generation must deliver a reliable energy supply with minimal toxic or greenhouse gas emissions. 

• Conventional electric power stations have contributed significantly to global carbon emissions in the past and there is a need to rapidly move away from coal and other fossil fuels. Achieving this requires diversification of energy sources, more efficient energy conversion and large-scale energy storage. 

• This micro-credential will establish the foundational physical principles that enable the extraction of useful work / energy from various sources (thermal, fluid, chemical, nuclear etc.), and present the current state of the art in power generation machinery. The important methods of power generation will each be examined, with foundational analysis, in the context of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

• Our Micro-credentials are all CPD approved by Engineers Ireland

When can I start this Micro-credential? 

• There is one intake per year in September

What do I need to be accepted onto this Micro-credential? – Entry requirements & Prerequisite documents  

• Applicants must have a 2.1 grade in a level 8 degree in Engineering or a cognate discipline.

• CV & Transcript (2:1)

What will I learn? 

• Students will learn to analyse energy cycles for the important configurations of steam plants and gas turbines, including analysis of component performance including pumps, compressors, turbines, heat exchangers and combustors. 

• You will learn how to analyse advanced natural gas turbine power plants including cogeneration plants, trigeneration plants, hybrid GT Fuel cell plants and combined heat and power. 

• Students will learn about technology relevant to waste-to-energy and renewable energies including gasification, anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis, cogeneration gas turbines, biomass combustors. The main types of hydraulic turbines and pumps will be presented and analysed in the context of hydroelectric power generation and pumped hydro storage. Other methods of large-scale energy will be presented, including thermal storage, compressed air and gas, batteries, and electrolysis. 

• Students will learn the importance of effective storage as part of decarbonising energy and will analyse these systems to determine the overall round-trip efficiency of energy storage to judge their viability. Nuclear energy production will be presented, covering the history of nuclear, underlying physics, basic components, reactor types, neutron moderation, heat transfer and coolant system design. Students will learn to evaluate the different power generation technologies in the context of efficiency, cost, flexibility.

What will I do? 

• In this micro-credential you will participate in lecture classes that are delivered in a hybrid online and face-to-face format, and be encouraged to actively participate and contribute during classes 

• Students will undertake significant elements of independent assignment work, making use of published technical literature and other on-line resources, and will tackle tutorial problems to reinforce theory and concepts explained in class. 

• You will develop computational models of energy systems and use those to study efficiency, cost, and carbon emissions of different configurations.

How will this Micro-credential be delivered? 

This micro-credential will be delivered in a blended format (in-person/online) with weekly lectures and tutorials during daytime hours. 

The Micro-credential will include:
•  Synchronous online and in-person lectures.
•  Combination of in-person and online tutorials.
•  Series of continuous assessments and assignments, which include the design and analytical modelling of energy power plants and combined systems.

How is this Micro-credential assessed? 

• Students will be assessed through a series of structured assignments which include a technology report, class tests, computational models of complete energy systems and optimisation of component/machine designs.


Course Details



Number of Places

5 Places

Next Intake


Course Coordinator

Daniel Wearen - wearend@tcd.ie

Course Director

Stephen Spence

Closing Date

12th August

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Admission Requirements

• Applicants must have a 2.1 grade in a level 8 degree in Engineering or a cognate discipline.

• CV & Transcript (2:1)


Course Fees

Click here for a full list of postgraduate fees

HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 80% fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidized places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria - https://www.tcd.ie/courses/microcredentials/hci-eligibility/

Subsidised Course fee for eligible candidates applying for micro-credential "Low Carbon Power Technology" in academic year 2024/25 will be 416 euro.



To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get in Touch

General Enquiries: micro-credentials@tcd.ie

Course Coordinator:    Daniel Wearen - Mailto:wearend@tcd.ie

Course Director: Steven Spence -  spences@tcd.ie

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