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LC420 Smart Energy Systems - BSc (Honours)
  • Programme Code:
    Course Level:
    Level 8
    Information Technology
    CAO Points:
    2013: 260​
    4 Years​

    What is the programme about?
    This programme prepares students for a career in the energy technology sector. It will provide students with the skills to design computing and hardware solutions for energy systems. These skills are in high demand and there are also options for further study. Students will learn how to design and build desktop and mobile apps to manage energy systems, construct hardware systems to gather energy usage information, use computers to work with and manage energy data and connect smart energy technologies to building and make them work together. Energy technology applications and systems are used in all aspects of managing energy production and usage. Examples include smart meters, household energy systems, electric car charging stations, building control systems, solar panel arrays and wind turbines. Graduates with a knowledge of computing and energy systems are much sought after.

    Who is the programme suited to?
    If you enjoy building things, solving problems, learning how systems work and how you can improve them, then this programme is for you. You will undertake work placement and engage in energy technology projects inspired by real challenges faced by companies.

    Programme Aims:
    • If you enjoy building things, solving problems, learning how systems work and how you can improve them, then this programme is for you.
    • You will undertake work placement and engage in energy technology projects inspired by real challenges faced by companies.
    • Our Thurles campus uses innovative energy technologies to heat and manage the building. You will have the opportunity to work with these systems and develop applications to interact with them.
    • Your classroom will be led by industry-experienced, highly skilled lecturers who use a hands-on approach in a supportive friendly environment.

    Top 3 Reasons
    1 The programme offers an opportunity to study a unique, multidisciplinary programme that meets today’s rapidly expanding need for a sustainable energy industry. LIT-Tipperary is the first Irish third level college to develop a multidisciplinary energy studies programme that combines computing and sustainable energy, this programme was developed in consultation with industry and government agencies.
    2 Experience state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities that expose you to cutting-edge technology and be the first to experience new breakthroughs in research and development.
    LIT- Tipperary has recently taken delivery of a number of new sustainable energy technologies so as to provide students with hands on practical experience in monitoring, assessment and design of new solutions to maximise energy efficiency. LIT-Tipperary is also a partner in monitoring energy performance generated by the monitoring systems installed in 100 houses as part of the EU SERVE Project, as well as data from Eco village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary which include Ireland’s largest Solar Array, District heating and passive standard buildings.
    3 The Smart Sustainable Energy degree prepares students for this challenging and rapidly expanding field, covering the development and design of innovative sustainable energy computing solutions that are essential to support the development of Ireland’s smart green economy.

    Class Contact Hours
    Year 1: 24 hours per week
    Year 2: 24 hours per week
    Year 3: 18 hours per week
    Year 4: 16 hours per week

    Other Information
    Why study Computing & Smart Sustainable Energy in LIT Tipperary?

    The Technology and Media Science department in LIT Tipperary has a strong track record in delivering computing programmes and conducting research in the renewable energy sector. Our sustainable campus utilises biomass heating (wood chip) and smart energy controls. This means that you get to see and experience at first hand the latest innovations in energy systems. The work placement programme ensures that you will gain valuable experience in working in an organization and learn the necessary skills to become an effective team member.

    The TMS dept involvement with projects such as the Cloughjordan Eco village and our partnership with the Tipperary Energy Agency means that you get to see and learn how communities, companies and industry sectors are using new solutions for the supply and management of energy.

    The first year of the programme is common with the programmes in Software Development and Games Design and Development so that you can transfer to one of those areas

    Did You Know?
    With the spiralling costs of fossil fuel based energy such as oil, the environmental technologies market is forecast to reach €2.3 trillion by 2020, while in the EU the sector employs 3.4 million people and turns over €227bn annually. The National Development Plan 2007–2013 and the current Programme for Government have each identified Ireland’s future energy needs as a national priority.
    The emphasis on energy in the Government White Paper and National Development Plan indicates a long-term demand for expertise in technology that integrates with sustainable energy systems. This mirrors an increase in career opportunity globally, where a cumulative investment of $20 trillion is estimated by the International Energy Agency as being required in the period 2005 – 2030.


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