- Code ENGN3516
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Engineering, Renewable Energy, Sustainability
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Daniel MacDonald
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
Second Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in 2021. Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged.
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 fossil-fuel 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 renewable 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 dedicate 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:
- Develop using systematic engineering methods sustainable solutions to problems related to the utilization of renewable energy.
- Engage in independent research and investigation in problems related to the utilization of renewable energy.
- Identify and critically evaluate current developments and emerging trends within the field of renewable energy technologies.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of levelised cost of electricity, the performance of renewable energy technologies and storage and the use of appropriate measurement units.
- Communicate effectively to non-technical audiences in oral and written form.
- Develop a personal, quantified, well-argued view of possible energy futures.
- Work effectively and proactively within teams, demonstrating autonomy, ethical conduct, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard.
- Global Calculator Assignment (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Opinion Piece (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Group Project (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
- Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
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Approximately 130 hours over the semester.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7337||26 Jul 2021||02 Aug 2021||14 Sep 2021||29 Oct 2021||In Person||View|