RENE-MAJ - Renewable Energy Systems

Renewable Energy Systems

Description

The Renewable Energy Systems Major brings together a diverse range of engineering disciplines to achieve a common goal: the provision of energy services to society. Building on a solid foundation of traditional mechanical and electrical engineering knowledge, the Major then focusses on the principles underlying the provision of thermal energy services, on the one hand, and electrical energy, on the other hand. By studying both, students learn that energy forms can be converted into another, and thus will develop the analytical skills that will permit them to select the most appropriate technology, or to combine several of them to meet an energy demand with high performance and low cost. The latter should include not only economic, but also environmental and social considerations. The Major also gives students a broad context of the available energy resources and energy technologies, both conventional and new. Students will gain technical specialisation in the two main areas of solar energy, thermal and photovoltaic. Graduates should be able to critically analyse and design solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy systems, and combine both as required to provide energy solutions. Graduates may pursue further specialisation in other energy technologies, based on the foundations gained through this major. A subset of courses is offered as a flexible minor, which may be tailored with a mechanical engineering emphasis or an electronics one.


Other Information

  • Programs and Courses

  • Required Courses

    Course CodeCourse NameUnitsSchoolP&C LinkPublic Page
    ENGN1218 Introduction to Electronics 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN2218 Electronic Systems and Design 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN2222 Engineering Thermodynamics 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN3224 Energy Systems Engineering 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN3334 Semiconductors 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN4516 Energy Resources and Renewable Technologies 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN4524 Photovoltaic Technologies 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web
    ENGN4525 Solar Thermal Technologies 6.0 RSE P+C Public Web

    Learning Outcomes to EA Stage 1 Competency Mapping

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1describe and quantify the major factors affecting the potential contribution to the world's needs of the various sources of energy, such as available resource, status of technical development, and social, environmental and economic aspects tick tick tick tick tick
    2apply thermodynamic principles to the design and performance analysis of heat engines, combustion and chemical reactors, and heating and cooling systems in built environments. tick tick tick tick
    3 apply energy efficiency principles to engineered fluid systems. tick tick tick tick
    4 explain the basics of the physical operation and fabrication technology of solar cells and photovoltaic modules, and discriminate among various technologies; tick tick tick tick
    5? assess the performance parameters of the various components of a renewable energy system, and select the most appropriate for a given application; tick tick tick tick tick tick
    6analyse, model and design solar thermal and solar photovoltaic energy systems, and capture the information in professional reports tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    7apply systems engineering principles and methods to providing energy services. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

    Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Summary

    1. Knowledge and Skill base

    1.1 Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline. tick
    1.2 Conceptual understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the engineering discipline. tick
    1.3 In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline. tick
    1.4 Discernment of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline. tick
    1.5 Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the engineering discipline. tick
    1.6 Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the specific discipline. tick

    2. Engineering Application Ability

    2.1 Application of established engineering methods to complex engineering problem solving. tick
    2.2 Fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. tick
    2.3 Application of systematic engineering synthesis and design processes. tick
    2.4 Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of engineering projects. tick

    3. Professional and Personal Attributes

    3.1 Ethical conduct and professional accountability. tick
    3.2 Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains. tick
    3.3 Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour. tick
    3.4 Professional use and management of information. tick
    3.5 Orderly management of self, and professional conduct. tick
    3.6 Effective team membership and team leadership. tick

    Learning Outcomes to EA Stage 1 Competency Mapping

    ENGN1218 - Introduction to Electronics

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Students be able to describe the circuit elements and theorems from the first principles. tick tick tick
    2Students be comfortable in using the mesh/node analysis tools to systematically solve electrical circuits. tick tick tick
    3Students be able to analyse the time responses of first-order switching circuits (RL and RC). tick tick tick
    4Students be able to explain the operation of basic electronic devices (diode and operational amplifier), theirs uses and limitations. tick tick tick
    5Students be able to simulate simple circuits using computer-aided tool (PSpice). tick
    6Students be fluent in using electronic equipments (e.g. Oscilloscope and signal generator) for analysing electronic circuits with resistors, capacitors, inductors and diodes. tick
    7Students be able to write a lab report with an appropriate level of detail and insights, for understanding by others not familiar with the lab procedure. tick tick tick tick tick tick
    8Students be able to understand the concept of linear system and superposition in engineering problems. tick
    9Students be able to apply appropriate mathematical tools for modelling and solving linear system. tick
    10Students be able to critically analyse the experimental results and understand the limits of theories in real system. tick tick tick
    11Students be able to demonstrate and evaluate a working diode-rectifier circuit using a prototyping boards. tick tick tick tick tick tick

    ENGN2218 - Electronic Systems and Design

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Apply circuit analysis techniques (e.g. Kirchhoff?s law?s, Thevenin equivalent circuits, Phasors and complex impedances, Transfer functions) to solve electronic circuits tick tick tick
    2Explain transistor operating modes & analyse operation of basic transistor amplifier circuits tick tick tick
    3Identify first order filter circuits and draw Bode Plots to determine the frequency response tick tick tick
    4Explain analogue to digital and digital to analogue conversion techniques and design combinational logic circuits using Karnaugh Maps tick tick tick tick tick tick
    5Analyse & design electronic circuits for specific applications using op-amps & 555 Timer tick tick tick tick tick
    6Explain in simple terms the working of electronic circuits tick
    7Select appropriate mathematical techniques to analyze and design electronic circuits tick tick tick
    8Utilise a systems approach to identify key design parameters and justify choice of particular electronic components tick tick tick
    9Build circuits and take measurements using electrical measurement devices such as oscilloscope, function generator, digital multi-meter, power supply; compare the measurements with the behavior predicted by the mathematical models and explain the discrepancies tick tick tick
    10Model and optimise the performance of analogue and digital electronic circuits using simulation packages such as PSPICE and DigitalWorks tick tick tick tick
    11Read data sheets and circuit diagrams and recognize building blocks such as op-amp circuits, logic gates, amplifiers, filters and timers tick
    12Calculate results using scientific calculator (complex mode, base-n mode, engineering mode) in a knowledgeable and confident manner tick

    ENGN2222 - Engineering Thermodynamics

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Evaluate physical properties of solids, fluids and gases. tick tick tick tick tick
    2Formulate mass and energy balances for closed and open systems without and with chemical reactions, and perform their exergetic analysis. tick tick tick tick tick tick
    3Evaluate thermal effects associated with gas mixing, separation, and chemical reactions, and determine the equilibrium composition of such systems, tick tick tick tick tick
    4Apply thermodynamic principles to design and performance analysis in interdisciplinary engineering applications, with focus on energy, materials, biomedicine, and manufacturing. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    5Identify efficiency improvements for thermal and thermochemical systems, including their cost-effectiveness. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    6Write succinct engineering reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

    ENGN3224 - Energy Systems Engineering

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Analyse loads on structures surrounding static bodies of fluid tick tick tick tick
    2Apply fundamental fluid condservation equations to moving bodies of fluid tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    3Analyse fluid piping system including pumps, pipes and valves tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    4Understand the principles of flow measurement tick tick
    5Apply energy efficiency principles to engineered fluid systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    6Critically examine fluid systems and suggest improvements to design tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    7Analyse systems involving heat transfer or heat loss tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    8Define opportunities for energetic or exergetic improvement of engineered systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    9Comment on heat transfer and thermal losses in engineered systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    10Write succinct engineering reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis tick tick tick tick tick

    ENGN3334 - Semiconductors

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Understand basic semiconductor physics tick tick tick
    2Understand how diodes, solar cells and transistors work tick tick tick
    3Understand basic semiconductor technology tick tick tick tick tick
    4Be able to relate technology to the physics of semiconductor devices tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    5Have understanding of the context and use of semiconductor devices tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

    ENGN4516 - Energy Resources and Renewable Technologies

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Explain the current status of global available energy resources and assess their trends and potential. tick tick tick tick tick tick
    2Thermodynamically calculate energy conversion efficiencies for fossil fuels and all proposed renewable energy technologies. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    3Describe for each technology the size of the technical resource, capacity for integration with the grid, costs and broader contextual issues. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    4Calculate the levelised cost of electricity for any energy technology, and explain the caveats of the method. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    5Develop the ability to ask insightful open questions, with an emphasis on quantifiability,normalised numbers, and the use of appropriate units tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    6Explain the interaction between energy sources, energy efficiency measures, storage technologies and present/future demand patterns of electricity. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    7Develop a personal, quantified, well-argued view of possible energy futures. tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

    ENGN4524 - Photovoltaic Technologies

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Understand the basic components and main performance parameters of photovoltaic systems tick tick tick
    2Apply the knowledge of basic components and their interactions in a system to predict system behaviour under different conditions tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    3Appraise and design photovoltaic systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    4Understand the economic and social issues surrounding photovoltaic systems and apply this understanding in the context of system design tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    5Discriminate between basic industrial processes for different photovoltaic technologies and have a good knowledge of future trends tick tick tick tick
    6Understand the role iof Photovoltaic technology in the broader energy context tick tick tick tick tick tick

    ENGN4525 - Solar Thermal Technologies

    1. Knowledge and Skill base 2. Engineering Application Ability 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

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    1Understand the concepts of energy quality and energy services in a systems engineering context tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    2Discuss the niche/roles for solar thermal systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    3Understand the potential impact of solar thermal systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    4Understand the solar resource and be able to use this knowledge for design of solar thermal systems tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    5Balance theoretical and practical aspects of solar thermal design tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    6Analyse simple solar thermal systems through software modelling and understand the limitations of such models tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    7Carry out experimental investigations of solar thermal systems and understand the implications of the results tick tick tick tick tick tick tick
    8Produce engineering reports on experimental investigations and on design studies tick tick tick tick tick tick tick

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