- Code ENGN6516
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Engineering
Providing energy for the entire planet without causing catastrophic climate change requires profound Energy Change. Major developments are occurring in the energy sector, both with energy technologies and the economic, social and policy measures that accompany them. This course focuses on renewable energy resources – the technologies that will comprise a large part of global Energy Change. It aims to help students identify the major ‘big picture’ questions in the area of energy resources and develop technically sound ways of quantitatively answering them.
The course commences with an overview of world energy resources, the scientific evidence for climate change, and an introduction to asking good questions - with a focus on ball-park analysis and appropriate physical units.
We next look at individual energy resources in detail (solar PV, nuclear, wind, solar thermal, hydro, bio, geothermal and tidal). We examine their scientific and technical foundations, available resources, integration with the grid, and broader economic and social issues to assess their ultimate potential as well as their practical limitations. Alongside the technical assessment of energy resources, we dedicated individual lectures to calculating the levelized cost of electricity, understanding the current and future electrical grid, and examining broader social and political issues concerned with energy use. Because of the rapid pace of change in this field, the course focuses on developing students’ skills in framing questions and finding answers, as well as being able to critically evaluate those answers and support them with scientific evidence.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain the current status of global available energy resources and assess their trends and potential.
2. Thermodynamically calculate energy conversion efficiencies for fossil fuels and all proposed renewable energy technologies.
3. Describe for each technology the size of the technical resource, capacity for integration with the grid, costs and broader contextual issues.
4. Calculate the levelised cost of electricity for any energy technology, and explain the caveats of the method.
5. Develop the ability to ask insightful open questions, with an emphasis on quantifiability, normalised numbers, and the use of appropriate units
6. Explain the interaction between energy sources, energy efficiency measures, storage technologies and present/future demand patterns of electricity.
7. Develop a personal, quantified, well-argued view of possible energy futures.
- Major project (40% total)
- Questions Portfolio (20%)
- Exam (20%)
- Letter to Minister (10%)
- Assignment (10%)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7925||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|