This unit of study aims to provide applied and creative knowledge and skills in the area of sustainable energy systems. The unit reflects on the concept of sustainability in the energy generation sector in order to provide a broad and coherent body of knowledge for the consideration of future energy sustainability. The unit will first analyse conventional energy systems and the effect of emissions from these conventional energy systems. Then, renewable energy systems such as solar, wind, hydro, and biofuels will be introduced and the significance of energy storage technologies will be diagnosed. Technical properties, environmental and economic advantages of these technologies will be discussed and learning activities will focus on mathematical modelling, design, and analysis of exemplar systems. Special emphasis will be given to the critical review of energy conversion principles in turbine based systems including wind and hydro turbines. Energy conversion efficiency and losses occurring during the transformation of mechanical energy to usable electric energy will be specifically diagnosed for a wind turbine case study.

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NHEE: Completion of 96 credit points including unit NEF1201 Engineering Mathematics 2 NHEM and NHEA: Completion of 192 credit points including unit NEF1201 Engineering Mathematics 2.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically analyse applications of alternative energy sources and systems and their availability across Australia;  
  2. Innovate and design alternative energy generation systems for diverse contexts justifying economic and environmental impacts;  
  3. Research and review the potential alternative energy systems critically reflecting on their local viability;  
  4. Critically review the theoretical and mechanical aspects of energy conversion in generation systems;  
  5. Collaborate with others with responsibility and accountability for own learning in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice;  
  6. Critique efficiencies and losses in the energy conversion process;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Two Group Reports (Teams of two, 2000 words each) 50%
Test Two Tests (1 hour each) 50%

Required reading

Lecture and tutorial handouts will be distributed as required.

Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems. 2nd ed.
Masters, G. (2013)
John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

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