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This course explores various emerging technologies related to the needs for energy, including the supply of renewable energy. This includes topics such as combined heat and power systems, biomass and thermo-chemical processing, wind, geothermal and solar energy processes. This course will also discuss the applications of catalysis in the production of energy carriers, starting at a basic level, and includes sections on adsorption and surface science, catalytic kinetics, evaluation on the modern catalytic processes in oil/gas refinery and studying key characteristics of emerging nanomaterials that enable them to become an effective catalyst in energy applications.
This course explores the use and technologies related to the needs for energy and the supply of renewable energy. This includes topics such as combined heat and power systems, biomass and thermo-chemical processing, wind, geothermal and solar energy processes relevant to energy technology. This course will also discuss the applications of catalysis in the production of energy carriers, starting at a basic level, and includes sections on adsorption and surface science, catalytic kinetics, experimental methods for preparing heterogeneous catalysts and studying the characteristics that enable them to become an effective catalyst in energy applications. Topics include: • Overview of world energy outlook, and New Zealand energy demands and renewable energy resources• Energy demand related matters• Energy storage• Case studies;• Renewable energy supply and technologies: Wind, Solar, Geothermal, Introdction to biomass conversion technologies• Applications of exergy analysis for the selection of options• Introduction to heterogeneous catalysis• Catalysis in the conversion of natural gas
After completing this course, the students will understand the present issues and opportunities in energy and energy related sectors. Students are expected to be able to: Understand the energy demand and compositionUnderstand the environmental concerns and future energy supply issues due to heavy use of fossil fuelsUnderstand the renewable energy resources and related technologies and systemsAnalyze energy systems using exergy conceptUnderstand importance and applications of catalysis in energy conversion and development of new technologies.Eventually, the students can make choices on energy resources and technologies in the future for increasing energy efficiency and promotion of renewable energy use.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Director of Studies
Matt James Watson
COURSE REQUIRMENTS: 36 lectures, 2 assignments and end of semester examination. 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.
Davis, Mark E. , Davis, Robert J;
Fundamentals of chemical reaction engineering
MacKay, David J. C;
Sustainable energy--without the hot air
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.
ConcernsStudents with concerns about the course should contact any of the teachers listed above, the 3rd Pro Director of Studies or the Head of Department.General Policies of the DepartmentStudents 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.
PREREQUISITES FOR THIS COURSE: ENCH291 or subject to approval of the 2nd Pro Director of Studies of Chemical and Process Engineering.
ASSESSMENTAssignment 1, 20% (due Friday 17 August)Assignment 2, 20%; (due Monday 24 September)Presentation, 13% (the week of 15 October)Final Exam 47%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.
CONCERNSStudents with concerns about the course should contact any of the lecturers listed above, the 2nd Pro Director of Studies, or the Head of Department.
Domestic fee $937.00
International fee $5,125.00
* 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