• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Engineering, Renewable Energy, Climate, Sustainable Engineering
  • Major code RENE-MAJ

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.

Learning Outcomes

  1. professionally apply systematic engineering methods to design optimised and sustainable solutions to problems related to generation, transmission, distribution, and utilisation of renewable energy.
  2. formulate and evaluate solutions to engineering problems in the field of renewable energy by selecting and applying theoretical principles and methods from the underpinning physical, mathematical and information sciences.
  3. proficiently apply advanced technical knowledge and appropriate tools in renewable energy technologies.
  4. identify and critically evaluate current developments and emerging trends within the field of renewable energy technologies.
  5. communicate effectively with colleagues and others employing a range of communication media and tools.
  6. engage in independent research and investigation and critical reflection.
  7. work effectively and proactively within teams, demonstrating autonomy, professional conduct, well developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve engineering outcomes at a high standard.

    ProfessionalSkills Mapping:
    Mappingof Learning Outcomes to Professional Competencies 

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

36 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ENGN2218 - Electronic Systems and Design (6 units)

ENGN2222 - Engineering Thermodynamics (6 units)

ENGN3224 - Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer (6 units)

ENGN4516 - Energy Resources and Renewable Technologies (6 units)

ENGN4547- Grid Integration of Renewable and Storage Technologies (6 units)

ENGN4625 - Power Systems and Power Electronics (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following course(s):

ENGN4524 - Photovoltaic Technologies (6 units)

ENGN4525 - Solar Thermal Technologies (6 units)

ENGN4548 - Wind Energy (6 units)

Note: Some courses specified in the major may not yet be offered, or may currently be offered under a different course code, or may have a different name. These include:

ENGN3516 (offered under code ENGN4516 until 2020)

ENGN4547 (not offered until 2022)

ENGN4548 (not offered until 2020)

ENGN4625 (currently titled Power Electronics)

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