Minor in Energy Processing Technologies

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Energy processing technologies and renewable energy sources are becoming increasingly vital worldwide. The Energy Processing Technologies minor will give you insight into various kinds of energy sources, a knowledge of environmental issues and resources, and an awareness of sustainable engineering and renewable energy.

How do we achieve sustainable energy?

Energy extraction with more sustainable practices has become an increasing concern for the power-production industry, as the world requires more renewable energy sources, and alternatives to traditional sources that have less effect on the natural environment. However, sustainable energy also requires the efficient use of energy - especially in the energy intensive chemical industries.

Students study this minor alongside the Chemical and Process Engineering specialisation and must also meet the requirements for that specialisation.

Energy processing technologies are required to harness raw materials from the environment and process these into usable and efficient energy. This minor will give students insight into the various kinds of energy, such as hydrogen, geothermal, solar, hydropower and wind, and the ways in which these can be improved and balanced with the energy spent acquiring raw materials. Students will also learn how to identify opportunities to reduce energy demand, whether in the chemical industry or around the home.

With global needs for energy constantly rising, engineers with this background knowledge are in high-demand to meet current and future requirements without compromising future generations and supply.

Students completing our Minor in Energy Processing Technologies complete major design and research projects with an energy theme. These projects are guided by the research interests of our postgraduates and staff, who are working at the cutting edge of the energy sector. 

Here are some examples of recent design projects our students have completed as part of the Minor in Energy Processing Technologies:

  • Manufacture jet fuel from renewable feedstocks
  • Produce acetone, butanol, and ethanol from biomass
  • Debottleneck methanol synthesis
  • Generate electricity from a hybrid geothermal and biomass process
  • Treat sour gas to improve the efficiency of a refinery
  • Manufacture gasoline from methanol
  • Upgrade a glass melting furnace to use oxy-fuel combustion

Students completing our Minor in Energy Processing Technologies complete major design and research projects with an energy theme. These projects are guided by the research interests of our postgraduates and staff, who are working at the cutting edge of the energy sector. 

Here are some examples of recent research topics our students have explored as part of the Minor in Energy Processing Technologies:

See our Research webpage for more information about research in Chemical and Process Engineering.

Graduates of the BE(Hons) in Chemical and Process Engineering with a minor in Energy Processing Technologies are able to demonstrate their sustainable energy focus to employers. They will find their skillset highly valued by employers in New Zealand and overseas, with a huge growth in the power processing industry. Students will find work in power stations, refineries, and production facilities such as chemistry and biochemistry companies.

More engineers are needed with the knowledge around environmental issues and resources, and how to resolve these issues with the constantly growing demand for energy.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering.

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