ENEL667-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019

Renewable Electricity System Design

15 points
15 Jul 2019 - 10 Nov 2019


This course is aimed at applying system theory to the practical design of renewable electricity systems. It is primarily focused on technical design. Topics can include (but are not limited to) the design of renewable electricity systems and/or their components: generation, inverters, electricity storage devices, component or system protection and control, integrated off-grid and grid tied systems.

The course will be taught over 24 lecture hours (one two-hour session per week). Material will be delivered in lecture form, which includes the following topics:

• Energy, electricity, emissions, environment and the thrust for renewable energy
• Power electronic tools for the grid integration of renewable energy sources
• Wind power, solar power, geothermal power, biomass and waste power
• Energy storage and distributed generation
• Relationships with Iwi, the role of our indigenous population on renewable energy projects

In addition, time is allocated for group discussion of the lectured material and for working on the project.

Learning Outcomes

  • The learning outcomes of ENEL667 are aligned with the outcome statement and graduate characteristics of the Master of Engineering Studies. ENEL667 is taught at Level 9 of the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

    Knowledge outcomes

    This course provides highly specialized knowledge, some of which is at the forefront of knowledge, and a critical awareness of issues in the renewable energy field. This course builds on the knowledge base of students from previous undergraduate engineering study. It develops a deep theoretical knowledge in the area of renewable energy systems by applying systems theory to the practical design of renewable energy systems. This knowledge will be assessed through written, oral, self-assessment and critical review. Specific knowledge is also demonstrated in the skills and application assessment items. Upon completion of this course students will demonstrate the following knowledge outcomes:

    K1. Able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles, and application of these principles, of renewable energy system integration.

    K2. Able to describe behaviour of various renewable energy resources and energy storage systems.

    K3. Understand the importance of working with environment, including Maori, when designing renewable energy systems.


    Students in this course develop and apply new skills and techniques to existing or emerging problems, and achieve mastery of the field of study or practice to an advanced level. In detail, through practical experience (largely self-directed), the course will develop essential and advanced research and professional skills. Students will be able to demonstrate the above knowledge outcomes through the application of the following skills:

    S1 Make informed judgments from the synthesis of data and information derived from diverse sources, primary and secondary, with a view to improve and or better understand renewable energy system theory and practice

  • Identify, select, categorize, interpret and criticize background literature and other relevant information
  • Obtain, organise, analyse, critically appraise and present original renewable energy system data

    S2 Deal creatively with complex, challenging and often ill-defined design challenges

  • Describe and defend a design idea and a detailed problem statement and derive a set of objectives for advanced non-trivial system design
  • Apply research skills needed to participate in group-work effectively.
  • Identify, apply and communicate a complex system modeling to solve the problem
  • Critically appraise and justify solution alternatives to a renewable energy system design

    S3 Synthesise and present arguments work and communicate effectively with subject experts:

  • Demonstrate effective scientific communication and writing skills
  • Choose, carry out and document a design project in various forms (specficication proposals, reports)
  • Analyse and utilize feedback from advisers and peers to improve and revise own work
  • Respond to questions on own work in a way that shows mastery of the content and other related knowledge

    Personal attributes

    The key personal attributes that will be developed include problem-solving qualities of an advanced engineering postgraduate, practical design skills, advanced modelling skills, ability to work effectively on an unexplored topic with others, but also individually, and written skills. Students will develop their ability to apply creative and critical thinking to the solving of design challenges. Students will also gain an appreciation for the unique challenges for New Zealand engineers in working on renewable energy projects with respect to the Treaty of Waitangi obligations and Maori’s relationship with the land. This means, students in this course will independently apply highly specialized knowledge and skills within a discipline or professional practice.


Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 West 213A 15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator

Andrew Lapthorn


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Specification Report 26 Jul 2019 5%
Oral Presentation 09 Oct 2019 30%
Term Test 16 Oct 2019 30%
Final Report 23 Oct 2019 35%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Electrical and Computer Engineering.

All ENEL667 Occurrences

  • ENEL667-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019