ENCH483-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Advanced Energy Processing Technologies and Systems

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Processing technologies and systems for production of hydrogen, syngas, liquid fuel as well as heat and power from various energy resources including traditional fossil fuels and renewable resources (such as biomass); energy related environmental issues and analysis; energy system optimisation; energy related electrochemical systems.

The course aims to educate students on the basic and creative concepts of advanced energy technologies and its systems integration. By covering the different areas of emerging technologies from fossil fuel conversion, ultraclean fuel production and utilisation, solar photovoltaic conversion to hydrogen and energy storage, the course prepares students for these revolutionary technologies. Understanding the fundamental concepts of these technologies allow students to be creative towards the development in these areas. Importantly, rather than focusing solely on ultimately renewable energy solutions, the course incorporates the complementary views on fossil but ultraclean fuel technologies, as well as their importance as intermediate energy solutions. Such knowledge shall equip students with holistic views on various energy solutions and assisting them in managing these technologies.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:
  • Identify the urgency of advanced energy technologies in providing long term innovative and creative solutions to the global sustainability problems
  • Apply the concepts of heterogeneous catalysis and advanced catalysts for ultraclean fuel processing
  • Describe the development of solar cells technologies and applying solar energy balance to engineer relevant devices for photovoltaic conversions
  • Describe the different type of fuel cells and to engineer relevant fuel cell systems
  • Describe the various type of energy storage technologies (chemicals, supercapacitors, batteries)


Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Matt James Watson

Guest Lecturer

Prof Wey Yang Teoh (Erskine)


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 40%
Assignment 1- Ultraclean fuels production 03 Apr 2020 20%
Assignment 2 - Photovoltaic solar cells 28 Apr 2020 20%
Assignment 3 - Chemical fuel cells 29 May 2020 20%

Assessment completion and special consideration: Students should submit the assignments on required dates and time. Any delays without approval by the lecturer(s) will incur a penalty with exact mark reduction depending on the days of delay. Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course.

Textbooks / Resources

The materials to be taught will be selected from a number of references including recently published books and journal papers , and these references will be provided at the lectures.


Students with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 3rd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of Department

Students may obtain the general policies of the University on matters such as the aegrotat applications, appeals procedures, reconsideration of grades and special provision for students with disabilities from the University Calendar.

ENGR404. This is a required course for energy minor in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering. However, if the energy minor certificate is not required, students without taking ENGR404 may also be allowed to take ENCH483 with approval of Director of 3rd Pro Studies.

ENCH483 is an optional 3rd Professional course however, it is required for students who want to receive a certificate of energy process minor.

Additional Course Outline Information

Assessment and grading system

Completion of all assessment items is a requirement for passing this course. Students may apply for special consideration if their performance in an assessment worth 10% or more is affected by circumstances including illness, bereavement, and some sporting events. Please see http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/ for more information or ask the course coordinator. If students are unable to complete assessment items worth less than 10% of the course, or feel that their performance was or could be impaired, they should contact the course coordinator for special consideration. Such requests should be made before the assessment completion date - requests after this time will only be considered under special circumstances. Students prevented by circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for special consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $975.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Chemical and Process Engineering .

All ENCH483 Occurrences

  • ENCH483-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020