- Code ENGN8832
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Engineering
- ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
- Course subject Engineering
- Areas of interest Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Engineering, Renewable Energy, Solar Energy, Energy Change
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online
Urban energy and energy efficiency will be placed in context in respect of demographic and social trends in Australia and worldwide, energy delivery economics, greenhouse gas emissions, energy storage, transport systems and the rapidly increasing use of renewable energy and electrical energy storage. Rapid changes are occurring in urban energy systems, driven by falling prices for photovoltaic (PV) systems and storage, and concerns over greenhouse gas emissions. Roof-mounted PV systems are strongly competing with electricity from the grid and with gas for provision of water heating, space heating & cooling, and electrical services. Heat pumps, thermal storage, battery storage, smart electrical energy controllers, energy-efficient appliances and solar-efficient buildings are facilitating a rapid change in energy use patterns in buildings and factories. Electric cars and public transport have the potential rapidly to change urban transport systems and transport energy use patterns.
The course aims to equip students with the theoretical foundation and practical training to apply a range of commercial 3D simulation tools to generate wholesome building energy efficiency reports on the impact of building material choices and building design to the lighting, heating and cooling energy load, roof-top PV power generation potential and battery needs within a complete, integrated package.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and discuss the current status and development trends in urban energy delivery and energy efficiency in Australia and internationally.
- Explain and evaluate the importance of urban energy and energy efficiency in the context of climate change mitigation.
- Estimate the energy and power requirements for space heating and cooling, water heating, lighting and appliances in domestic and commercial situations.
- Evaluate and compare the embodied energy of different building types, construction methods and materials.
- Assess the energy, environmental and financial implications of urban energy generation including roof-mounted photovoltaic systems and heat pumps, and compare to conventional gas and electricity distribution systems.
- Compare and evaluate energy storage including thermal, battery and remote systems, and understand how tariffs and controllers can modify power demand.
- Discuss changes in urban transport systems, particularly the electrification of land transport, and assess the potential impact of these changes on urban energy systems.
- Contribute effectively and pro-actively as a leader or member of a group to achieve high quality engineering outcomes.
- Engage in independent research and investigation to solve complex or unfamiliar problems.
Professional Skills Mapping
- Individual assignment: Building Energy Efficiency Evaluation report and presentation (45) [LO null]
- Mid-term Quiz (10) [LO null]
- Final Examinations (45) [LO null]
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WorkloadThe typical workload for a 6 unit course is approximately 10hr/week throughout semester. This includes lecture and workshop/tutorial attendance, assessment preparation and individual study time.
Assumed KnowledgeStudents enrolling in this course should have taken at least one undergraduate course in thermodynamics, equivalent to ENGN2222 Engineering Thermodynamics. Students who have not taken such a course are advised to complete ENGN2222 as an elective prior to taking ENGN8832.
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